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London One North: Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors hoping to have talented winger Michael Eghan back soon

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 October 2016

Eton Manor's Michael Eghan on the attack against Dover in pre-season (pic: Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor's Michael Eghan on the attack against Dover in pre-season (pic: Martin Pearl)

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New Wilderness club have had various injury problems and therefore Saturday off has occured at right time of the season

Jamie Connors is hoping Eton Manor will have talented winger Michael Eghan available again for the trip to Letchworth Garden City next weekend in the London One North.

Having missed the whole of last campaign after suffering a double leg and ankle fracture in March 2015, the prolific try scorer returned this summer.

Eghan impressed in pre-season and scored two tries on the opening day at home to Tring, but picked up an ankle injury the following weekend at Chingford and hasn’t played since.

Connors said: “We’re hoping the week after the break Michael can return, but we’ll just have to see how he shapes up.

“We’ll go from there but we’re pretty hopefully he’ll be able to play the next game away to Letchworth.

“Ollie Phillips has done his hamstring so again those injuries just need a bit of time, but we’re hopeful he’ll be back next Saturday.”

It is a boost to Manor, although the current backs didn’t do a bad job last weekend at home to Old Priorians.

Connors side won 62-24 at the New Wilderness and the New Zealander and the rest of his coaching staff may have some tough decisions to make soon.

He added: “We could potentially be getting quite a lot of firepower back for the Letchworth game so that will make selection interesting considering we’ve just put 62 points on a team.

“We have another chap called Chris Smith who hasn’t played yet in midfield because he has had a couple of slight injuries.

“Pete Bicknell as well has a fractured hand so we’re hopeful all of them will be back so it will be a pretty tough selection meeting.”

A regular for Manor so far this season and a strong performer has been Andrew Connors, head coach Jamie’s brother.

The fellow New Zealander has impressed at the New Wilderness, although his relative didn’t want to shower him with too much praise.

“Andrew has done ok,” joked Manor’s head coach Connors. “No, he has done pretty well and brought some decent experience into the team. It is good to have him around in the group.”


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