Sunday, November 13, 2011

Young Canadian Cam Pierce lined up by Clermont as Cudmore replacement

Toulouse over history have been renowned for their academy system, a system which has produced many great players throughout history and generally regarded as one of the finest in the world. But more recently their academy or espoirs (hopes) as it is known in France has become rivalled by Clermont Auvergne.

Clermont's espoirs have now won three titles in a row, and many of the players who were key players in those three years are now breaking into the first team, such as Wesley Fofana, Jean-Marcelin Buttin and Julien Bardy. There is no doubt that the Clermont academy system is producing some very fine players, which will also heavily benefit the Jaunards in the future as well.

Pierce taking lineout ball
for the Canada U20's this
summer in Georgia.
As well as the Clermont espoirs success helping Clermont themselves, their success has also been helping world rugby, as they've been developing players in their system from all over the place such as Julien Bardy (Portugal), Viktor Kolelishvili, Giorgi Jashitashvili, Giorgi Jimsheladze (Georgia), Kini Murimurivalu, Noa Nakaitaci (Fiji) and Argentine nominee for 2010 IRB junior player of the year Ignacio Rodríguez Muedra had a stint there as well before joining La Rochelle in the summer (he hasn't played for La Rochelle yet sadly as suffered a serious knee injury). Which can only benefit world rugby as a whole and make those nations stronger, as well as Clermont of course.

The latest player to be added to the Clermont academy roster on a three year contract after impressing in a trial, is Canadian lock/number 8 Cam Pierce. The the 6 foot 7 inch 20 year old played in the IRB Junior World Trophy where he played every minute for Canada. The youngster was recommended to Clermont by his BC Bears coach and former Stade Français lock Mike James. It is likely that Clermont see Pierce as a potential long term lock replacement for his fellow Canadian Jamie Cudmore who is now 33. He could also be Cudmore's replacement one day in the national team as well, lock has always been traditionally a strong position for Canada with the likes of Mike James and Jamie Cudmore, hopefully Pierce will also have a successful professional career and do well for Canada as well in the future.

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