Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No Old Pals Act for Monye as He Targets England Spot; Late Show: Ugo Monye Dives over for Quins to Give Nick Evans the Chance to Level the Game against Leicester with a Conversion

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No Old Pals Act for Monye as He Targets England Spot; Late Show: Ugo Monye Dives over for Quins to Give Nick Evans the Chance to Level the Game against Leicester with a Conversion

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

UGO MONYE will be targeting close friend and fellow England wing Paul Sackey when Harlequins take on London Wasps on Sunday in a bid to keep his international dream alive.

Quins wing Monye scored a last-gasp try which outside-half Nick Evans converted from the touchline to secure an amazing 26-26 draw with Leicester in front of a record 50,000 Guinness Premiership crowd at Twickenham at the weekend.

That try cancelled out the first-half error Monye made, which gifted Tigers a score, and now the Quins flyer needs to improve his game with the Six Nations championship looming.

Monye and Sackey were England's wings during the disappointing November series of Test matches and they both possess lightning pace. However, both men know they can take nothing for granted with team manager Martin Johnson in charge and that sets up Saturday's head-to-head nicely.

Monye said: "It was a bitter-sweet day for me against Leicester. I know what got me into the England team and that was playing consistently well for Harlequins and nothing changes.

"I play against another good winger in Paul Sackey on Sunday. It is a battle I am looking forward to. He is a good friend but is on the opposite side and if can pull out good performances, I like to think I have got a chance.

"I am happy to have fulfilled my dream of playing for England but it has only given me a hunger to do it more. I am certainly not satisfied just to have played for my country and ticked that box I want to represent my country as many times as I can.

"My form has been good for the club.

That was just one mistake [in the first half ] but I am really happy how things are going at Harlequins." Monye paid tribute to Evans, whose drop goal had beaten Stade Francais two week earlier, for having the nerve to succeed with a touchline conversion at the death at Twickenham "Nick has had a huge impact on creating this environment at the club," added Monye. …

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