Vintage Canadian throwback Cudmore plots Ireland upset

Fri Sep 18, 2015 2:22pm EDT
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By Nick Mulvenney

CARDIFF (Reuters) - Jamie Cudmore has been described as a custodian of rugby's traditional values and the abrasive Canadian second row is planning a good old-fashioned upset over Ireland at the Rugby World Cup this weekend.

The Clermont lock, playing in his fourth World Cup at the age of 37, will captain his country in a Pool D clash at the Millennium Stadium that few give Canada any chance of winning.

Canada coach Kieran Crowley, however, said his side had their eyes only on a win on Saturday and Cudmore agreed they had the quality to hold their own against the Irish.

"Over the last summer, we have played some great rugby against some great competition," Cudmore told a news conference.

"And as I said to the boys, we can compete with the best in the world. We've just got to hang onto the ball and play some good rugby. We have some really good young talent out there."

Canada will also play France, Italy and Romania in Pool D.

It was Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, a former assistant at Clermont, who said the Cudmore embodied the values, as well as some of the bad habits, of rugby's pre-professional era.

It was a description Cudmore was happy to embrace.   Continued...