|Full name||Association Sportive Montferrandaise Clermont Auvergne|
|Nickname(s)||Les Jaunards (The Yellows)|
|Ground(s)||Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin (Capacity: 19,022)|
|President||Eric De Cromieres|
|2018–19||2nd (runners up)|
Association Sportive Montferrandaise Clermont Auvergne (pronounced [klɛʁmɔ̃ ovɛʁɲ]) is a French rugby union club from Clermont-Ferrand in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes that currently competes in Top 14, the top level of the French league system. Clermont are two times French champions in 2009-10 and 2016-17. The rugby section is a part of a multi-sport club called AS Montferrand, which was founded in 1911 and adopted that name in 1919. Although the rugby section changed its name to the current ASM Clermont Auvergne in 2004, it is still frequently referred to as Montferrand both within and outside France.
The team play at the 19,022-seat Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin, also known by its nickname, The Bib Park. Clermont wear yellow and blue, the colours of the city of Montferrand, taken from the French tyre manufacturer Michelin when the firm settled in Montferrand in 1889.
The city is where Marcel Michelin, the son of the founder of the famous French tyre manufacturer, decided to implement the first factory but also the stadium after the creation of ASM for its workers before World War I. L'ASM, as they are also called, are the traditional underdog, always cited among early favourites and praised for their style of play, but never winning trophies at the end of the season. They have reached the French Championship final thirteen times, losing on each occasion until their eleventh trip in 2010, when they finally won the championship in their 100th year as a club.
The club was established in 1911 as AS Michelin, though they changed their name to AS Montferrandaise in 1919 due to legal obligation. The club was started by Marcel Michelin, the son of André Michelin the founder of the Michelin tyre manufacturer and he died in deportation at Buchenwald. He had been deported there as a member of the Resistance and was involved in two successful escape attempts before dying during the third.
The club made its first final of any competition in 1935, where they played Perpignan for the Challenge Yves du Manoir. AS Montferrand lost the match, 3–3 and 9–0. The following year they featured in their first championship final; though they lost to RC Narbonne 6 points to 3. They made the final again in 1937, though that match was also lost, 13 points to 7 to CS Vienne. However the following season the club won its first title; winning the Challenge Yves du Manoir by defeating Perpignan 23 points to 10.
During the 1940s the club contested the Coupe de France on two occasions, in 1945 and 1947. The club lost on both occasions, by one point, 14 to 13 to SU Agen in 1945, and then 14 to 11 against Toulouse in 1947. It would be another 10 years until the club featured in another competition final; losing to US Dax in the 1957 Challenge Yves du Manoir. The club became a force during the 1970s, starting in 1970 with a 3 points to nil championship loss to La Voulte Sportif. The club then contested the Challenge Yves du Manoir twice in a row over the 1972–73 seasons; losing both finals, against AS Béziers and Narbonne respectively. Then they won the competition in 1976, defeating SC Graulhet 40 points to 12 just a few days after the death of the young international winger, Jean-François Philiponeau, struck on the field during an exhibition game. The club then contested the championship final in 1978, though they lost to Béziers. They also lost the Challenge Yves du Manoir in 1979, against Narbonne.
In 1994 season the club contested both the French championship and the Challenge Yves du Manoir. They lost the Challenge Yves du Manoir to Perpignan (the third time the clubs had met in the competition final). They also lost the championship, defeated 22 points to 16 by Toulouse.
The club contested two finals in the 1999 season as well, the French championship and the European Challenge Cup. They won the European Challenge Cup, defeating fellow French club CS Bourgoin-Jallieu 35 points to 16 at the Stade Gerland in Lyon. However they lost the domestic final, being defeated by Toulouse again, 15 points to 11. The club would meet Toulouse again in the season final of 2001, with Toulouse winning 34 points to 22. In 2004 they contested the European Challenge Cup again, though they lost to English club Harlequins, by one point, 27 to 26 at the last minute.
The team experienced a hard period between 2002 and 2006 and it was only with the arrival of Vern Cotter, in the middle of 2006, that the team's form began to improve. In Vern Cotter's first year as head coach, Clermont reached their first final since 2001 (which they lost in the last minute against Stade Français), and won the European Challenge Cup against Bath at the Twickenham Stoop. Montferrand developed further under Vern Cotter during the following two seasons, but they lose two more finals against Toulouse in 2008, and Perpignan in 2009. But the team continues to bounce back and perform well years of years.
In 2010, in the Heineken Cup the team was drawn against Leicester Tigers and Ospreys in a tough pool. Despite this Montferrand succeeded in winning the pool and were subsequently drawn against the holders of the cup, Leinster Rugby. That was the beginning of what would become one of the greatest rivalries in rugby. In an epic battle, Montferrand lost 29–28. After this loss, they went on to win all of their remaining games to win the French championship against Perpignan (19–6) with a notably exceptional display during the semi-final against RC Toulon in Saint-Etienne.
Clermont reached the Heineken Cup final for the first time in 2013 after they beat Munster Rugby 16–10 in the semi-final in Montpellier. They subsequently lost to Toulon in the HEC final which was held in Lansdowne Road in Dublin on 18 May 2013 by a single point (16–15).
2015 saw Clermont make it to the final of the European Cup (now European Rugby Champions Cup) but lost to RC Toulon 24–18. A few weeks later, they also lost the final of the French Top 14 against Stade Français 12–6.
2016 saw Clermont having their first blow in the European Rugby Champions Cup since 2011 by failing to make the quarter final after a late loss against Bordeaux at home. But they finally reached the French championship semi-final with a highly controversial lose against Racing 92.
However, the team bounced back and produced during the season 2016-2017, reaching again two finals in the French Top 14 and European Champions Cup. They lost the European Cup against reigning champions Saracens.
|Club||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points For||Points Against||Points Diff.||Tries For||Tries Against||Try Bonus||Losing Bonus||Points|
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
|Green background (rows 1 and 2) receive semi-final play-off places and receive berths in the 2020–21 European Rugby Champions Cup.|
Blue background (rows 3 to 6) receive quarter-final play-off places, and receive berths in the Champions Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2020–21 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Pink background (row 13) will qualify to the Relegation play-offs.
Red background (row 14) will automatically be relegated to Rugby Pro D2.
Final table — source: 
|18 May 2013||RC Toulon||16–15||Clermont Auvergne||Aviva Stadium, Dublin||51,142|
|2 May 2015||RC Toulon||24–18||Clermont Auvergne||Twickenham, London||56,662|
|13 May 2017||Saracens||28–17||Clermont Auvergne||Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh||55,272|
|27 February 1999||AS Montferrand||35–16||CS Bourgoin-Jallieu||Stade de Gerland, Lyon||31,986|
|22 May 2004||Harlequin F.C.||27–26||AS Montferrand||Madejski Stadium, Reading||13,123|
|19 May 2007||Clermont Auvergne||22–16||Bath Rugby||Twickenham Stoop, London||10,134|
|10 May 2019||Clermont Auvergne||36–16||La Rochelle||St James' Park, Newcastle||28,438|
|10 May 1936||RC Narbonne||AS Montferrand||6–3||Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse||25,000|
|2 May 1937||CS Vienne||AS Montferrand||13–7||Stade des Ponts Jumeaux, Toulouse||17,000|
|17 May 1970||La Voulte Sportif||AS Montferrand||3–0||Stadium Municipal, Toulouse||35,000|
|28 May 1978||AS Béziers||AS Montferrand||31–9||Parc des Princes, Paris||42,004|
|28 May 1994||Stade Toulousain||AS Montferrand||22–16||Parc des Princes, Paris||48,000|
|29 May 1999||Stade Toulousain||AS Montferrand||15–11||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||78,000|
|9 June 2001||Stade Toulousain||AS Montferrand||34–22||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||78,000|
|9 June 2007||Stade Français||Clermont Auvergne||23–18||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||79,654|
|28 June 2008||Stade Toulousain||Clermont Auvergne||26–20||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||79,275|
|6 June 2009||USA Perpignan||Clermont Auvergne||22–13||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||79,205|
|29 May 2010||Clermont Auvergne||USA Perpignan||19–6||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||79,262|
|13 June 2015||Stade Français||Clermont Auvergne||12–6||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||79,000|
|4 June 2017||Clermont Auvergne||RC Toulonnais||22–16||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||79,771|
|15 June 2019||Stade Toulousain||Clermont Auvergne||24–18||Stade de France, Saint-Denis||79,786|
|1935||USA Perpignan||3–3, 6–0||AS Montferrand|
|1938||AS Montferrand||23–10||USA Perpignan|
|1957||US Dax||6–6*||AS Montferrand|
|1972||AS Béziers||27–6||AS Montferrand|
|1976||AS Montferrand||40–12||SC Graulhet|
|1979||RC Narbonne||9–7||AS Montferrand|
|1985||RC Nice||21–16||AS Montferrand|
|1986||AS Montferrand||22–15||FC Grenoble|
|1994||USA Perpignan||18–3||AS Montferrand|
* Note: by virtue of younger players
|1945||SU Agen||14–13||AS Montferrand|
|1947||Stade Toulousain||14–11||AS Montferrand|
Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.