But it is the Heineken Cup winners medal he holds that stands him apart from stars like Aurelien Rougerie, Morgan Parra, Julien Bonnaire, Wesley Fofana, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Lee Byrne and Napolioni Nalaga.
That coveted medal was won with Leinster in 2011 but the former Scotland and British & Irish Lions lock is not being called upon to provide any inside knowledge on Saturday's opponents gleaned from his two seasons in Ireland.
"The backroom staff here are pretty good," said the player who made his tournament debut for Edinburgh back in 1999 and arrived in Clermont via the Scottish capital, Perpignan and Dublin.
"They don't need me to tell them just how much quality Munster can bring to a Heineken Cup knock-out game - particularly after their win away to Harlequins.
"That's not an arrogance on our part. We focus on our Top 14 games from week to week and last week our focus was on Toulouse, that's a huge game for us. We wouldn't be getting ahead of ourselves and looking at Munster before time, not at all."
They warmed up for their Munster challenge with a commanding 39-17 victory over the reigning French champions and Hines believes that provided ideal preparation for their push for a first Heineken Cup final appearance.
"The game against Toulouse was very good preparation for us - it's a high pressure game in front of a big crowd, so it's obviously going to replicate the conditions you'd face in the Heineken Cup game," said Hines, who has featured in 14 out of a possible 15 tournament matches for Vern Cotter's team.
"As long as nobody gets injured then you can't get better preparation than a big game. Still, a player can get injured walking onto the field for a training session, that's a risk that's always there anyway.
"Vern brings a New Zealand approach to organisation, which is probably a more Anglo-Saxon approach than French.
"That makes Clermont different to other clubs in France - here we just have to concentrate on our rugby and everything else is looked after for us."