Now, on mature reflection, Back wishes (sorta) that he hadn't done it !
"In a way, I wish I hadn't done it," said Back, referring to the illegal act of slapping the ball out of Munster scrum half Peter Stringer's hands as he went to feed a last-minute scrum in front of the Leicester posts with the holders defending a 15-9 lead.
"I have to be honest about it. I don't like people thinking I'm a cheat. I don't want that slur. I'm not a cheat. I had a lot of mail over that incident, mostly negative. There were letters saying I was a cheat, some of them from Leicester fans, which was a bit hurtful. If people wanted to make me feel bad about what happened, they have. That's disappointing and I know it upset my wife, Alison. If I thought there was any possible way of redressing it, I would consider it. I regret it because I don't like to think that, because of that one incident, there are people who think I'm a cheat."
"It has tarnished my reputation. In making any judgment, I would hope people will evaluate me over my whole career and not label me on that one moment. It happened spontaneously. I weighed the options up in a split-second and did what I did."
He said: "As far as dirty play is concerned, I'm as clean as you can get. I'm very competitive and I will do almost anything to win, but I will not do anything dirty. I play hard and get stuck in. The stats for last season show I only gave away a penalty every other match. That's pretty clean considering back-row players tend to give away a lot of penalties."
With regard to the future Back said: "The World Cup is out there but my goal is to play in the No 7 shirt for Leicester, week in, week out. I don't want to say I'll retire after the World Cup, because if I'm still passionate about playing then why not continue?"