Strength in depth at France's Top 14 clubs will undergo a stiff examination as clubs play their third game in eight days on Sunday in a punishing start to arguably Europe's toughest league.
Clermont's Jean-Marcellin Buttin (L) runs during a French Top 14 match in France on September 4, 2013. Clermont travel to Stade Francais with key players Buttin, Julien Pierre, Damien Chouly, Brock James, Wesley Fofana, Sitiveni Sivivatu and Napolioni Nalaga.
The early log-jam is not something new, Top 14 organisers, the LNR, having to squeeze in 29 league rounds and three in the play-offs), nine European Cup weekends and 11 international Tests in their calendar year.
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