Clermont lock Jamie Cudmore could soon become Canadian rugby's second Heineken Cup winner should his side triumph in 2012.
Clermont lock Jamie Cudmore could soon be crowned Canadian rugby's second Heineken Cup winner should the French outfit triumph on May 19.
The 33-year-old lock, who has been les Jaunards' enforcer over recent years, already has an Amlin Challenge Cup winners medal in his cabinet.
That silverware came in 2007 but now the Top 14 club are preparing for their first appearance in the Heineken Cup semi-finals, against Leinster.
The clash at Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux on Sunday promises to be a pulsating affair and out of 274 players who have been successful in the elite competition, there are 17 different nationalities represented. One of those is Canada when Winston Stanley won the title with Leicester back in 2001.
“It's huge for the club to be in the semi-finals but, as I've said to the other guys, we've got to stay humble because we're still a long, long way from our goal. We realise there is a lot more work to do,” Cudmore told ercrugby.com.
“Every year the Heineken Cup gets harder. We saw the PRO12, English and French champions all beaten in the quarter-finals and I think we've shaken up the status quo a bit. We've all got the same thing in mind, but let's hope we can get to the final.
“We need to beat the current champions and so it is good to have a bit of inside knowledge coming from Nathan Hines. That always helps, as does knowing Joe Schmidt a little bit, although I'm sure Leinster will be ready for us as well.”