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Manor head coach Connors happy for a break – he can now see mighty All Blacks!

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 November 2018

New Zealand's Jerome Kaino wins a lineout during the QBE International with England at Twickenham (pic: David Davies/PA Images).

New Zealand's Jerome Kaino wins a lineout during the QBE International with England at Twickenham (pic: David Davies/PA Images).

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The New Zealander will watch his country take on England in an Autumn International at Twickenham on Saturday

Jamie Connors admitted it is a bit strange for Eton Manor and most of the clubs in the London One North to have this weekend off, but he will not be complaining.

The reason why is because he can now go and watch New Zealand take on England at Twickenham on Saturday in one of the Autumn Internationals.

For New Zealander Connors, it is a rare opportunity to see his country in action, but he was able to acknowledge having another weekend off is bizarre given no rugby was played on October 13.

He said: “Well, I get to go to Twickenham to watch the All Blacks play, so it is good timing for me, but it is a bit of a funny one, I have to be honest.

“We have only had three games since the last break and we are fine and the squad is injury free.

“We were in a decent place, but it is such a long season so I guess anywhere you can get a break you take it.

“It will be nice for the boys to chill out and do something else away from actually playing.”

Connors and his coaching staff put the Manor players through their paces during Tuesday’s training session, but the squad had the rest of this week off.

The group will return back to the New Wilderness on Tuesday (November 13) for another tough session to prepare for the visit of Old Priorians on November 17.

“We gave the boys the weekend off,” Connors said. “There is plenty of rugby on like at Twickenham, so they can go off and go where they please.

“We trained on Tuesday and had a really hard session and we return next Tuesday now, so the boys had Thursday training and Saturday off.”

Manor went into the break off the back of a emphatic victory at home to Luton last weekend on a memorable afternoon for fly-half Cameron Dutch.

He grabbed five tries and also kicked nine conversions on a fine day at the New Wilderness after back-to-back defeats previously.

After losing at home to rivals Colchester and going down away to North Walsham, Manor got back on track on Saturday with a 68-26 victory.

Luigi Martelletti grabbed two tries while Paddy Sheahy, Matt Oakes and Aaron Low crossed over for the hosts.

Connors added: “Cam Dutch got five at 10 so he had a cracking game. Pretty much all the backs scored tries, so that was good.”

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