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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Danny Cipriani and Josh Lewsey box and makeup

The much talked about Danny Cipriani Josh Lewsey training ground bust up finally has some closure as this weekend the two made it clear that they’ve buried the hatchet by showing a piece of on field theatre that probably took longer to rehearse than it took Cipriani to say "Shut up or be shut up".

It was only about a week ago that Wasps were in the middle of an intensive tackle session when according to Lewsey, Cipriani wasn’t quite giving it his all. An exchange of words took place, which resulted in young Cipriani being floored by a right hook from the 31 year old Lewsey.

Against Castres on Sunday, Wasps, who’ve only recorded two victories all season, finally came right as they returned to form by beating the French side 25-11. It was Lewsey & Cipriani who made all the front pages once again though.

Cipriani, still getting back into the swing of things after his recent comeback, was on fine form as he kicked ten points and created this try for Lewsey, the man who decked him only a few days earlier.

Cipriani’s neat kick ahead was followed by a commited tackle, which spilt the ball loose for Lewsey to gather and score. The mock shadow boxing and man-hug that followed made it clear for all to see that the recent bust up was simply a training ground flare-up, and nothing more.

'This isn't always a comfortable place to work in. Everyone's on each other's backs and there is a brutal honesty, but this is why we win silverware,' Lewsey was quoted as saying recently.

With talk of Cipriani being in the tabloids too often for some peoples liking, Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards denied that the young man is too big for his boots.

'As long as Danny leaves his ego at the door, like everyone else, he will be treated the same,' Edwards said.

'No-one at this club is questioning his commitment. He is one of the hardest working players at the club.'

Incidentally, former Wallaby Mat Rogers has spoken about that famous Lewsey tackle on him in 2003. We've updated the article, so have a look here if you'd like to read more about the rib breaking hit.

To learn more about Danny Cipriani the man, have a look at the interesting ten minute long interview with him we posted last week.

Time: 0:52



  • lol brilliant

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 14, 2008 11:45 am  

  • Nice to see they can be big boys about it all.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 14, 2008 12:16 pm  

  • What happens between Castres' 14 and Wasps' 12 when Lewsey scores the try ?

    By Blogger Flo, at October 14, 2008 12:22 pm  

  • i wondered that, i love the clip though i think it makes me love rugby even more than i already did.

    By Anonymous Gary, at October 14, 2008 12:23 pm  

  • Craig Bellamy much ?

    By Anonymous Third centre, at October 14, 2008 12:33 pm  

  • OMG what a pathetic celebration...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 14, 2008 12:51 pm  

  • lol @ Craig Bellamy comment

    By Anonymous Shaft, at October 14, 2008 1:06 pm  

  • Hi flo!!as you can apreciatte in the clip when lewsey is goin´ to score the try the n.12 of wasps notices that n.14 pushes him so he reacts angrily;thats all!

    common bath!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 14, 2008 2:36 pm  

  • Yeah just like Bellamy apart from these issues:

    different sport
    cips doesn't have a temperament problem
    cips hasn't been shoved around about 8 different clubs
    he did the celebration with the man he had the alteration with

    Yeah and nicely stolen comment from here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/dannycipriani/3192531/Watch-out-for-Danny-Ciprianis-punchline-Rugby-Union.html

    By Blogger thedannyclayton, at October 14, 2008 2:40 pm  

  • Awww...lol

    By Blogger Don, at October 14, 2008 5:45 pm  

  • oh did anyone see the impending fight in the background?

    By Blogger Don, at October 14, 2008 5:47 pm  

  • how about highlights of the match boys?

    By Anonymous james, at October 14, 2008 5:55 pm  

  • Cory Jane did a 'hip bump' when he scored against Taranaki few days ago...too bad no more SANZAR clips on RD

    Lol....now that I've seen this will we be seeing NFL type celebrations in the future?

    By Anonymous stan, at October 14, 2008 6:04 pm  

  • Cipriani and Leicester often do these homosexual-esque American sport celebrations.

    It's cheese, pure cheese. I cringe when seeing them.

    Speaking of Sanzar material though. Did anyone see Chris Masoe get his face boxed off lol? Some guy i've never heard of was ducking and weaving all over the show, catching Masoe at will. Looked like he knew what he was doing(couldn't find any background info on the man though)

    Tis on youtube for anyone reading the comment.


    By Anonymous Rancid, at October 14, 2008 6:18 pm  

  • result!!
    As long as they are as committed as ever when they go about the game, we obviously don't mind a bit of gossip on the sideline to adding the entertainment value (be it Kelly Brook or a fight XD)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 14, 2008 7:03 pm  

  • One thing Cipriani is so special in the England is that he plays so close to the gain line, never afraid of the pressure.
    In that move, he brought the ball right up to the gain line before he chipped it, while most other English players would have kicked it straight away

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 14, 2008 7:10 pm  

  • Watching the Wasps and Castres players, I think:
    - Castres 14 is trying to come across towards Lewsey
    - Wasps 12 is running straight at just the right pace to get in the way!
    - 14 jostles 12, 12 probably jostles back a little harder
    - After the try, Castres takes a proper shove at the Wasps player!

    Still, AR and referee were there and I guess nothing came of it.

    By Blogger Rawling, at October 14, 2008 8:30 pm  

  • I think you got it wrong there TheDannyClayton. Cipriani would be Riise and Bellamy would be Lewsey.

    Obviously its different on those issues though. I never said it wasn't.

    You're so sensitive. Colin Montgomerie much ?

    By Anonymous Third Centre, at October 14, 2008 9:31 pm  

  • fair play to both of them, rugby is a great sport

    By Anonymous martin-offload, at October 14, 2008 11:08 pm  

  • heh heh to the CM comment. Nice come back fair play to you.

    anyone fancy a kit kat?

    By Blogger thedannyclayton, at October 16, 2008 10:58 am  

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