Smith's second chance for out-of-favour London Irish playersBy Alan Manicom
August 30, 2012
Alex Gray, Jon Fisher and Shane Geraghty have been challenged to prove they are worthy of being brought back into the London Irish fold.
Gray was used sparingly by former head coach Toby Booth after arriving from Newcastle Falcons as one of the country’s brightest young talents, while fellow back-row forward Fisher was allowed to leave Exiles after a lot of early promise to ply his trade in the Championship with London Welsh and Bedford Blues.
He and Geraghty, another player whose stock has fallen since gaining his first England cap five years ago, have been brought back to Irish by director of rugby Brian Smith, who insists: “What has happened in recent past has been put to bed.
"There has been a big change-around and everyone starts with a clean slate.
“Players who have been out of fashion are flavour of the month for us now.
"Alex Gray was outstanding in the (JP Morgan) sevens and has done everything asked of him so far.
“We have kids like Jack Moates and Jon Fisher, who were cast-offs – and Shane is back too.
"They know the only currency for selection is form.
"I am not having a crack at the guys who were in the backroom staff before because I worked with them.
“But there is an opportunity now for us to recreate what we had before – a very competitive team that went from relegation battlers to being genuine contenders in the league and punching our weight in Europe.”
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