Canadian international Jamie Cudmore has been named head coach of the Pacific Pride Academy, a national high-performance program for young Canadian men’s rugby talent.
The 40-year-old native of Squamish, B.C., represented Canada at four World Cups from 2003 to 2015 and remains one of Canada’s best-known rugby names around the world. The hard-nosed lock forward played overseas for Llandovery and Llanelli in Wales and FC Grenoble, ASM Clermont Auvergne and Oyonnax in France.
He retired as a player in 2017, working on his coaching skills and speaking out about concussion awareness.
The six-foot-five 257-pounder, who won 43 caps for Canada, is a graduate of the original Pride academy based out of Victoria that participated in the B.C. Rugby Premier League in the mid-1990s to mid-2000s.