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Rugby Canada fires coach Cudmore over social media posts

NEWS: Rugby Canada sacked one of its development coaches on Friday over a series of social media posts that were critical of the women’s Sevens performance at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.


Jamie Cudmore wore several hats for Rugby Canada in his role in charge of developing the next generation of talent. He was the coach of the XVs national team and in charge of the national Development Academy.

Rugby Canada called the posts “unacceptable and in breach of organization policy.”

“Rugby Canada has relieved Jamie Cudmore of his coaching duties with the Canadian Rugby Development Academy and Men’s Rugby Team effective immediately,” chief executive Allen Vansen said.

“This decision comes as a result of a review of recent social media postings which were unacceptable and in breach of organization policy.

“Rugby Canada’s organizational values remain paramount to the work we do. As previously announced, Rugby Canada remains committed to a detailed, independent review of all performance rugby programs starting next month.”

Cudmore was critical of the Canadian women who lost to Fiji and France after beating Brazil to miss out on the quarterfinals. Their next game in Tokyo is for ninth place.


Cudmore apologized for his comments which included, “Karma is a bitch! #Survivorsmyass.”

“I’ve always played/coached with my heart on my sleeve for this great country. I’m sorry if I’ve offended anyone,” he tweeted.

Cudmore won 43 caps for Canada, playing in both the 2003 and 2007 World Cups.

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