Wednesday 21 August 2019

Eric Elwood sweats on Dan Parks fitness

Eric Elwood
Eric Elwood

Former Scotland out-half Dan Parks is in a race against time to be fit to make his Connacht debut against old club Cardiff Blues on Saturday.

The 34-year-old, the record points scorer in the Pro12, is struggling with a calf injury which forced him to miss both of Connacht's pre-season games.

Parks spent the past two seasons with Cardiff Blues, scoring 236 of the 1,341 points he has amassed in the competition, having been with Glasgow for seven seasons.

Connacht coach Eric Elwood said that he would wait until the last moment before finalising his side to give Parks and several other doubtful players every chance of being fit.

Another new signing, former Leinster prop Nathan White, is also doubtful along with hooker Ethienne Reynecke, prop Rodney Ah You and centres Kyle Tonetti and Dave McSharry.

"It is a huge match for us and we want to get our season off to the best possible start, but we know Cardiff will be coming here eager to impress their new coach Phil Davies."

Elwood is helped by the availability of Irish squad members Ronan Loughney, Gavin Duffy and Mike McCarthy, although loosehead prop Brett Wilkinson will sit this one out under the player welfare management plan.

Elwood must plan without three hamstring victims -- Jason Harris-Wright, Paul O'Donoghue and Eoin McKeown.

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