Thursday, March 6, 2014

Gonzalo Camacho targeting Leicester Tigers debut

Camacho was injured in September
The long awaited debut appearace of Gonzalo Camacho for the Leicester Tigers remains unknown. The twenty-three times capped Puma was injured playing against the All Blacks in the 2013 Rugby Championship in September 2013 and having undergone shoulder reconstruction surgery the lively winger is yet to debut for Leicester. Reports out of Leicester suggest his return to playing rugby is fast approaching with the Heineken Cup Quarter Final against Clermont Auvergne being the target. 

Camacho was a high profile signing for the Leicester Tigers last season. He joined the club after two seasons playing for the Exeter Chiefs and, prior to that, two others playing for the Harlequins. Camacho impressed for both clubs as he won the 2011-2012 Game Changer of the season award in England whicih determined that he was the most effective player in England. At the Harlequins Camacho scored the only try of the 2011 Amlin Challenge Cup Final which saw the London based club win the European competition. 

Camacho signed for Leicester in April 2013 but with him unable to play thus far the club looked for alternatives including USA winger Blaine Scully who arrived as a medical joker. The club at present has no English international wingers. It does however have the trio of Miles Benjamin, Adam Thompstone and Matt Smith whom have all demonstrated potential previously. All at the club is Fijian Vereniki Goneva whom could well form a very effective combination with Camacho in time for the Heineken Cup Quarter Final at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin on April 5. Leicester hope that he will be fit for the fixture. 

The twenty-three time capped Puma was injured playing for Argentina in the Rugby Championship. After Argentina had gained good ground to enter the New Zealand 22 Nicolás Sánchez lost control of the ball and New Zealand kicked deep. Juan Martín Hernández gathered a kick from his opposite, Israel Dagg, and passed to Camacho while being tackled by Dan Carter. The miss directed pass was gathered but late which enabled New Zealand to be organized in defence and consequently Camacho was injured while being tackled by Richie McCaw. 

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