Heart problem sidelines Brock James in Top 14

French Top 14 Rugby Club Clermont Auvergne have announced that Australian fly-half
Brock James will miss the start of the new season due to a a heart anomaly.

“The treatment requires a minor surgical procedure which will take place
in the next couple of days,” Clermont explained.

“He’ll be able to resume non-contact training shortly afterwards.”

The 33-year-old’s place will be filled by Camille Lopez, who got the nod over
James for Clermont’s Top 14 final appearance against Stade Francais in June
despite James’s dazzling semi-final display.

He came off the bench against Toulouse to kick a crucial penalty and drop goal
to ensure a dramatic 18-14 victory, with Clermont going on to lose the final
to Stade 12-6.

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