Ansbro comeback from horror injury hands London Irish lift

LONDON Irish No8 Alex Gray insists the return of Joe Ansbro after a broken neck has given them a timely boost as they look to kick-start their Aviva Premiership campaign against Exeter Chiefs on Sunday.

The Exiles have struggled without the Scotland centre, who suffered the injury in August, winning just two of their opening eight Premiership fixtures to sit second bottom of the league.

“Joe came in on Tuesday to see everyone and it was great for the boys to see him and to have him back in and around the club,” said Gray. “Not having him in the side has been a blow for us because you can’t really replace someone like Joe. He is a great international and defensively he is excellent.”

Harlequins are on a run of six wins in all competitions to sit joint top of the table but prop Mark Lambert is taking nothing for granted as they prepare to visit Bath tonight. Quins beat them at home last week in the LV= Cup but Lambert said: “The Rec is an iconic ground with a really hostile atmosphere and we’ll need to be at our best to carry on this run.”

Saracens head to Worcester this evening hoping to continue their four-game winning streak in the league despite being deprived of a number of big name stars. London Welsh head to Franklin’s Gardens to take on Northampton tomorrow and London Wasps host Leicester Tigers on Sunday.

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