Harlequins snap up former England international Sackey as injury crisis looms
6:00pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in Sport
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea admitted the club’s busy pre-season schedule has come at a cost.
The Irishman has been forced to recruit former England international Paul Sackey as cover for the injured Ross Chisholm and Ollie Lindsay-Hague.
Having reached the finals of the Premiership 7s, losing Lindsay-Hague for up to three months with a shoulder injury enroute, Quins were defeated on finals day, and lost Chisholm to a knee injury for the rest of the season in the process.
The young side are straight back into the action this weekend at the World Club 7s at Twickenham.
There was also disappointment last Friday with a 40-28 pre-season defeat to Racing Metro 92 at the Stade de la Praille in Geneva, and they get back on the field tonight at home to London Scottish.
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Although O’Shea said he has the squad to cope with the hectic build-up to the new Aviva Premiership season, he has turned to Sackey for help.
O’Shea said: “It has been a good pre-season in terms of getting the younger players experience in the 7s, but it has come at a cost.
“Paul [Sackey] is in good shape and I know how much he still wants to succeed. He wants to return to London after his time in France and finish his career on a high in his home country.
“I’m sure that, together with our other experienced wingers, Ugo Monye and Tom Williams, he will pass on his extensive experience to the other young outside backs we have here.”
Sackey, 33, returns to London after three seasons in France with Toulon and Stade Francais.
Before moving across the Channel, the former England international established his reputation with Wasps. He made 22 appearances for England, scoring 11 tries.
He said: “While I enjoyed my time in France, I wanted to return to England to finish my career, and to be given the chance to do so at Harlequins is very exciting.”
Harlequins, in group C of the inaugural World Club 7s, face ACT Brumbles, Kuban Krasnodar and Auckland on Saturday, vying for a place in Sunday’s knock-out stages.
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