Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jamie Cudmore to remain at Clermont until 2015

Cudmore celebrates defeating Tonga ar Rugby World Cup 2011
Veteran Canadian international second-rower Jamie Cudmore has signed a new twelve month contract with Clermont Auvergne which will see him remain at the central French club until the end of the 2014-2015 season. 

The new contract places Cudmore in ideal condition to be match fit and conditioned to represent Canada at a fourth Rugby World Cup. Now aged 35, Cudmore has been playing in France since 2004. He played one season for Grenoble before moving to Clermont Auvergne and remaining there until today. He will thus have completed a decade of rugby at Clermont Auvergne upon playing his final match in 2015. 

Prior to arriving in France Cudmore had already appeared at one Rugby World Cup and had also played professional rugby in Wales for Llanelli. Last weekend Cudmore started and scored a try against the Scarlets which is the region that represents his former club. The victory sees Clermont Auvergne on target for a place in the final eight and Cudmore and his teammates can look go to one better after losing the 2013 Heineken Cup Final against Toulon in May in Dublin.

During his time at Clermont Auvergne Cudmore has appeared in multiple Top 14 Finals and became a French champion in 2010 by defeating Perpignan 19-6 in a rematch of the previous years final which Perpignan had won. Prior to that Clermont lost against Stade Français and Toulouse in the 2007 and 2008 French finals. 

Despite having been amongst Canada´s best players throughout his career Cudmore has only appeared in twenty-eight internationals for his country. The reason being that Canada has looked out for the greater interest of him as a player and allow him recovery time after long seasons. As such he has tended to play in Rugby World Cups and qualification matches but miss out on June and November appearances. 

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