Ansbro keen to form centre partnership at London IrishBy Alan Manicom
April 20, 2012
Joe Ansbro has spoken of his frustration at not being able to strike up a partnership in the centre for London Irish this season.
His participation in the 2011 World Cup and then a recent back injury has limited the Scotland international to just 12 appearances for Exiles following his arrival from Northampton Saints last summer.
And last Saturday’s 28-19 defeat by Saracens was the first time he had been paired with exciting youngster Jonathan Joseph.
Ansbro said: “I was playing out of position but I felt very comfortable, which is testament to the coach.
“Forming a partnership with Jonny would be fantastic – but there are lots of good players here.”
Shontayne Hape, Jonathan Spratt, Steven Shingler and the Armitage brothers Guy and Delon have all played in the centre this season.
And Ansbro said: “It is nice to get a run with one player and really form a partnership.
“I have trained with JJ and I train with the other lads day in, day out so it’s not as difficult at club level as it is at international level to form those partnerships.
He added: “One of the main attractions of coming to play for Irish was a back line that’s exciting. But I’ve been kept out by various ailments and I’m just happy to be playing again.
“I was disappointed to miss the Six Nations, and to miss a lot of games for Irish here in my first season.
“Especially in your first year with the new coaches you’re constantly under pressure to perform and impress – so it’s quite upsetting to be sitting and watching these games – but I’m just happy to be back and I need to keep impressing and performing.
“We need to keep getting the ball as well – and hopefully we can do that at Worcester. We’re really positive about what we can do.”