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'We gave our heart and soul to this' - Clermont legend Ben Kayser witnessed the best and worst of times on the pitch


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Ben Kayser: ‘I’ve lost a lot of European finals. I don’t think anybody’s lost more than me.’ Photo: Getty Images

Ben Kayser: ‘I’ve lost a lot of European finals. I don’t think anybody’s lost more than me.’ Photo: Getty Images

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Ben Kayser: ‘I’ve lost a lot of European finals. I don’t think anybody’s lost more than me.’ Photo: Getty Images

Ben Kayser is celebrating the anniversary of his first year out of a game that has driven him for all of his adult life.

A cosmopolitan man, born in Paris but with a chunk of his childhood spent between the US and Asia, he has played professional rugby for Stade Francais, Leicester Tigers, Castres and Clermont. The journey has given him lots of things, not least a love of European competition and what it brings.

Like other bits in rugby's jigsaw, no one is sure where that will fit next season. Kayser, a committed Europhile, shakes his head and hopes for the best.