Wednesday 21 August 2019

Harris-Wright returns after 12-month injury nightmare

Declan Rooney

Connacht's hopes of maintaining their best start to a season have been boosted by the return to fitness of Jason Harris-Wright following 12 months on the sidelines.

Hooker Harris-Wright missed most of last season after he ruptured a cruciate ligament in his knee, but after some minor setbacks in pre-season he made a successful return to action last weekend for his club Clontarf.

The former Leinster No 2 is expected to feature for the Connacht Eagles against his former club at the RDS this Thursday and could be set for a return to first team action in time for Connacht's daunting Challenge Cup trip to Siberia the following week to face Enisei-STM.

Connacht host basement side Treviso on Friday at the Sportsground but Pat Lam will have to plan without the services of second-row Quinn Roux after the South African sustained a nasal fracture during Saturday's win over Edinburgh.

"It's great news for him (Harris-Wright). You see how Heff (Dave Heffernan) and Shane Delahunt have progressed, so we have four hookers now who are quality guys. We have good competition and we're going to need that over this period.

"Quinn has a nasal fracture and he's seeing a surgeon this week and we'll know the time frame later in the week. He is certainly unavailable this week.

"In one of his clean-outs he got hit with the back of someone's head. It's nasty enough, he looks like he's still at the Halloween party."

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