Jamie Cudmore On That Infamous Fight With Paul O’Connell
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When it’s done, it’s done.
Anyone who has played the gam over the years will know that whatever happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch. Tempers flare, words are shared and sometimes, punches are thrown. It happens and we move on, such is the nature of the game.
Paul O’Connell and Jamie Cudmore were embroiled in such an incident back in 2008. The two giants locked horns in an incident during a Heineken Cup game back in 2008 that resulted in O’Connell seeing yellow and the Canadian being given his marching orders.
“I hope they don’t show those clips. That’s long, long in the past.
“The media try to make a lot more out of it than it actually was. We’re both of the same opinion. There’s never been any animosity between us and we’ve always had a good laugh after the games, and a pint.
“We [Cudmore and his wife, Jennifer] have a wine label and I passed him a bottle of red and a bottle of yellow and we had a joke about what happened in ’08 and he took it in good humour. He’s a consummate rugby man.
“The ethics around the game, we have the same ideas around it. When it’s done, it’s done. At the final whistle, it’s over and you shake hands and get on with it.”
A savages game, played by gentlemen.