Wasps play down flare-up

Club insist there is 'no issue' between Cipriani and Lewsey

Last Updated: 08/10/08 5:42pm

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Friends again: Lewsey and Cipriani

Friends again: Lewsey and Cipriani

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Wasps have played down a training ground incident between Danny Cipriani and Josh Lewsey.

"It was just a training ground spat that will happen - and does happen - when you are training and you have got very committed players. That was it... over and done with and we all move on."
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The team-mates are believed to have clashed during a training session on Tuesday - with some media reports claiming Cipriani was hit by Lewsey as tempers boiled over during a contact drill.

And while Wasps have confirmed there was an incident ahead of Sunday's Heineken Cup match against Castres, they have insisted that initial reports were overblown.

A spokesperson for the club said: "Rugby is a fiery and physical game and incidents like this happen in training sessions all the time.

"There is no issue and there is no problem between Danny and Josh. They are friends and team-mates."

Spat

Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan insisted that the incident was nothing more than a "spat" that sometimes occurs in the build up to big games.

He told Sky Sports News: "It was just a training ground spat that will happen - and does happen - when you are training and you have got very committed players. That was it... over and done with and we all move on.

"This is a rugby team and these are rugby people. It is a physical sport, they respect each other and that is always the case.

"I don't think it was anything to do with Danny. He is a committed trainer and that is what we expect here.

"There are no egos when you get on the training field here. You just get on with it. There will be reactions sometimes and there always has been - often in the Heineken Cup week in the past.

"That is why it isn't particularly out of the ordinary when you have got player preparing very seriously for what is a big game for us."

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