'Frustrated' Monye aims for Six Nations

Thu, 21 Oct 14:44:00 2010

EXCLUSIVE! Injured Harlequins wing Ugo Monye has vowed to be back in time for England’s Six Nations campaign.

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Monye underwent a toe operation last month that will rule him out of England’s autumn internationals against New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Samoa.

He was given a 12-week timeframe to return, meaning he would be back in mid-December, but he is confident he can be playing before then.

"It’s frustrating. I’m a terrible spectator when I’m not on the pitch," the 27-year-old said. "The toe’s not too bad. I was supposed to be playing in December but hopefully I can push the boundaries and be quicker than that.

"If I can play a couple of games in December before January and prove myself then I will hopefully be in with a shout for the Six Nations."

Quins had a rotten 2009-10 season, finishing eighth in the Premiership and failing to qualify for the Heineken Cup as the fall-out from the 'Bloodgate' scandal continued.

Monye said it was a big wrench to be missing Europe’s premier club rugby tournament, but challenged his team-mates to hit back this season.

"The Heineken Cup is such a great tournament," he said .

"It’s so romantic and when it gets to the quarters and the semi-finals, you just want to be there.

"It’s a shame Harlequins aren’t in it at the moment but we’re in the Amlin Challenge Cup which is a great tournament and it’s up to us to make sure we’re back next season."

Ugo Monye was speaking at an Eden Park press conference to announce their long-term partnership with the Rugby Football Union as the Official Formalwear supplier to the England Rugby Team. www.uk.eden-park.com

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