Conor Gaston bids to break into London Irish first teamBy Liam Twomey
July 27, 2012
Conor Gaston is hoping a starring role in the JP Morgan Premiership 7s final can help him break into a new-look London Irish first team this season.
The 22-year-old Irishman, who can play at either wing or full-back, was rewarded for some impressive displays for Ulster with a spot in the Exiles’ academy earlier this month.
He arrived just in time to take part in the group stages of the JP Morgan 7s Series, and helped his new club to victories over Wasps and Saracens at the Twickenham Stoop that saw them book their spot in next Friday’s six-team final at Bath’s Recreation Ground.
Gaston, who scored a try and was sinbinned in the 14-12 win over fellow qualifiers Saracens, said: “As a new player it is a good chance to get to know the boys and play with them, but we’re playing in these competitions to win.
“It was disappointing for us to come second in our group, but at least we’re through.
“Every time we go into a competition we want to win it.
“It’s exciting times going forward towards the 15s.
“We’re doing all this hard work now because we want to be top four in the Premiership come the end of the season.
“I want to be competitive all the way through.
“Every game we play we want to win – whether it’s the A League, the LV= or the Amlin – and qualify for the Heineken Cup.
“There are a lot of young boys coming through so we have a chance to make a name for ourselves.”
It will be a new-look London Irish side that graces the Premiership this autumn, with familiar names like Bob Casey and Delon Armitage having left the club along with head coach Toby Booth.
Gaston says that having several Irishmen like fellow newboy Tomas O’Leary at the the club, has helped him settle.
He said: “I’m living with a couple of the younger boys so that helps, and I knew a couple of the others – James Sandford, Ian Humphreys – before I came over, so that helps settling in.
“The Ulster boys have been pretty good showing me around town, and where to get a decent fry-up.
“I’m still getting to know some of them, but it’s good having the Irish boys around.”
visit www.jpmorgan7s.com or call 08448 472 492 to buy tickets for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series.