Clermont flanker Cudmore banned for four weeks for punch

Tue Jan 8, 2008 11:27am EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Clermont flanker and Canadian Jamie Cudmore will miss the French side's last two Heineken Cup pool matches after being suspended for four weeks for punching a London Wasps player last month.

Cudmore was banned from December 24 to January 21 for punching Wasps prop Tim Payne in the Pool 5 match at Adams Park on December 15, a 25-24 win for the English side, organizers said.

Clermont, four points behind leaders Munster and three behind Wasps after four rounds, are at home to the Irish side on Sunday and wind up their pool action away to win-less Llanelli Scarlets on January 19.

(Reporting by Rex Gowar, editing by Alison Wildey)

 
<p>Wales' Ian Gough (L) fights for the ball with Canada's Luke Tait (C) and Jamie Cudmore (R) during their Group B Rugby World Cup match at the La Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, western France, September 9, 2007. Cudmore will miss Clermont's last two Heineken Cup pool matches after being suspended for four weeks for punching a London Wasps player last month. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol</p>