Cudmore facing in-house ban

Date published: January 27 2016

Veteran Canadian international lock Jamie Cudmore is facing a premature end to his time at Clermont in the wake of a Twitter outburst.

Top 14 side's management said Cudmore was in line for "appropriate punishment" after calling for a change in the coaching staff following their European Champions Cup elimination caused by Sunday's 37-28 defeat to Bordeaux-Begles.

Cudmore – who has been at Clermont for over ten years – is in his last season with the French giants after being told his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season. 

But the 37-year-old – who missed the match through injury – may have played his last game in yelllow after tweeting "Clean out The front office and #bringbackvern", calling for the return of former coach Vern Cotter, who is now with Scotland. 

"Jamie Cudmore will receive an appropriate punishment," said club president Eric De Cromieres.

"There's a lack of moral code…I think Jamie, as he has done at times throughout his career, can blow a fuse. It will be a yellow card," added De Cromieres, who reiterated his support for head coach Franck Azema.

Azema clearly did not appreciate the criticism and voiced his unhappiness that Cudmore had aired his grievances in public.

"Of course it affected me. I would also prefer that it was said within the group," said Azema, who led Clermont to last year's European Cup Final.

"He came to apologise to say he didn't mean that. But it's written. We spoke and things will be taken care of in-house," he added.