Clermont’s Cudmore could miss Heineken Cup

Clermont Auvergne second rower Jamie Cudmore could miss the last two rounds of the Heineken Cup through suspension for punching.

Canadian international Cudmore has been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing for an allegedly punching Perpignan’s Gregory Le Corvec on Wednesday December 29.

Cudmore is set to face the disciplinary committee of the National Rugby League, the body that runs the two professional leagues in France, on January the 19th.

The incident happened as Cudmore was returning from a 10-week ban for stamping Saracens flanker Jacque Burger in the opening round of the Heineken Cup on October the 9th.

Clermont’s match against Perpignan was won 22-16 by Clermont but the victory could have come at a cost as the 30-year-old Cudmore possesses a vast amount of European experience.

The match was his first game back after the earlier suspension which will more than likely count against him in the disciplinary hearing.

Clermont remain in contention for a place in the last eight of the Heineken Cup but they are likely to need two successive wins to beat Leinster and Racing Metro 92 to top spot in Pool 2.

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