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Wesley Fofana can be key to Clermont's Heineken Cup hopes

Last Updated: 15/05/13 9:29am

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Wesley Fofana: Has been praised by Alex King

Wesley Fofana: Has been praised by Alex King

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Clermont assistant coach Alex King believes Wesley Fofana could have a big say on the outcome of Saturday's Heineken Cup final against Toulon.

Fofana has been in sensational form during Clermont's march towards a first Heineken Cup title, with the France centre having scored five tries in seven appearances in Europe this season.

And King, who won the Amlin Challenge Cup in 2003 and Heineken Cup in 2004 and 2007 with Wasps, has praised the 25-year-old ahead of the showdown in Dublin.

"Wesley is one of the most talented players I have coached, but he is also one of the hardest workers," King, who will join the Northampton coaching set-up in the summer, told


"He is always staying behind after training to hone his passing, tackling and kicking.

"He is a natural athlete but he appreciates that ability, no matter how rare, is not enough on its own to succeed at the highest level - you need the desire and the dedication."

And King is adamant that the collective desire is there for Clermont to be only the third French club to lift European club rugby's most coveted piece of silverware.

"Anyone who thinks that the Heineken Cup does not mean as much to French supporters as those in other countries only had to look at our semi-final against Munster in Montpellier," said King.

"The noise our thousands of fans made said it all, and to win the tournament for the first time would mean a huge amount to our region. Toulon will feel the same and it has the makings of a memorable final."

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