38 Monday, 12 October 2009 London Lite LITESPORT BY NEAL COLLINS Now Steffon is a must for England says Casey after victory in Dublin Ugo is back to lift Quins for Toulouse showdown UGO MONYE returns to action for Harlequins against Toulouse this weekend after the 20-6 Heineken Cup defeat at Cardiff Blues on Saturday. Danny Care and Nick Easter were rested with Monye in Wales amid heavy criticism of the Bloodgate tainted club. French giants Toulouse crushed Sale Sharks 36-17 yesterday to confirm their status as pool favourites but Monye insists: All we can do is gain credibility with our performances on the pitch. This match with Toulouse is a huge test and we need to show our true potential. It is the biggest challenge of the season but this squad has never been frightened or scared of that kind of challenge. I am pleased with my own form, having played a bit at full back as well and this match will be as close to international rugby as its possible to get. Toulouse will be a really good barometer for the club and individual players. It was frustrating to miss the Cardiff game but the EPS agreement states that we have to miss one game and now its happened and we can get back into action. I dont want Toulouse: Ugo Monye POOL FIVE P W D L F A PTS TOULOUSE 1 1 0 0 36 17 5 CARDIFF BLUES 1 1 0 0 20 6 4 SALE 1 0 0 1 17 36 0 HARLEQUINS 1 0 0 1 6 20 0 STEFFONARMITAGEproducedaworld- class performance in London Irishs superb 12-9 Heineken Cup victory over champions Leinster in Dublin. After a Friday night upset at the RDS which puts the Exiles in a great position in Pool 6, Armitages captain Bob Casey believes his flanker must be handed the England No7 jersey by Martin Johnson for the trio of November internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand. And Irishman Casey told England boss Johnson:Youhavetorecognisetheright way to use Steffons talents. Armitage(pictured)frustratedtheIrish provinces ability to win quick ball in a titanic contest. Workingalongsidebackrowcolleagues Chris HalaUfia and Declan Danaher, Armitage -- younger brother of injured England full-back Delon -- barely put a foot or hand out of place. Armitage was dropped after his debut against Italy at headquarters last season but played in Englands two tests against Argentinainthesummer,atOldTrafford and in South America, and is the form N o 7 g o i n g i n t o t h e a u t u m n internationals. Casey said: Steff came out of the Leinstergameasoneof ourstarperform- ers. Any ball that Leinster won was poor quality because of the work of our back row and Steff was massive for us. And this was against a Leinster side that had destroyed Munster at the break- down the previous weekend, when they won 30-0. I believe England have to recognise the right way to use his talents and I am not convinced they did that last season. He can offer so much more than we saw in that game at Twickenham. I havenodoubtsthathewillbeinvolved inthecomingEnglandinternationals because he is playing so well. Armitage, 24, is benefiting from thecollectiveexcellenceof anIrish side that can dominate their European pool by defeating Scar- lets at their Reading home on Saturday. This appeared to be a home banker when the pools were announced but the Welsh side belied their poor Magners League form by beating Brive, featuring England No10 Andy Goode, 24-12 on Saturday. The Llanelli side are deter- mined to make life difficult for Caseys men. Casey, who had 80 family and friends from his home town of Maynooth watch- ing the Leinster game, arrived back in London last night having attended a friendsweddingtomakeitanevenmore memorable weekend. Hewilljointherestof theLondonIrish squad for two training sessions at the club today, which will include a line out analysis of the Scarlets alongside Nick Kennedy, the clubs England lock. Casey said: The win over Leinster, the Cup holders, was something of a statement of intent by the club. It showed that we have come a long way. Unfortunately, that win doesnt earn us anything this early in the com- petition and we need to back it up with a victory over a dangerous Scarlets side. HavingpreviouslyplayedforLeinster, of course made it a special night but it wasntanythingpersonal,itwasallabout the team and we want to do well against the Scarlets because the last time they were in our Cup pool, they did the double over us. Irish head coach Toby Booth said: Weve won a game in their back yard. Dublin is a very difficult place to play against the defending champions, who were in good form. Of course, we were expecting a very difficult contest. Weve snuck it at the end, and I think the enthusiasm with whichtheboyscelebratedwaspurelyout of respect for Leinster because they know how hard it is here. Part of the evolution of London Irish has been trying to be adaptable. Being able to win in different ways is all about your evolution as a team. BILLY TWELVETREES, 20, scored 14 points on his full debut to inspire injury- ravaged Leicester to a dramatic 32-32 drawagainstthevisitingOspreysinPool 3 yesterday. POOL SIX P W D L F A PTS SCARLETS 1 1 0 0 24 12 4 LONDON IRISH 1 1 0 0 12 9 4 LEINSTER 1 0 0 1 9 12 1 BRIVE 1 0 0 1 12 24 0 HoggardstunnedasYorkshiresackhim FORMER England seamer Matthew Hoggard has been left stunned and disappointed by Yorkshires decision not to renew his contract. The 32-year-old Ashes winner finished last season as the countys leading wicket taker and had held preliminary talks about captaining the side next term. However, Hoggard, whose last Test appearance came against New Zealand in March 2008, is now looking for a new club after Yorkshire told him he would not be offered a new deal. Hoggard told The Times: Im shocked and bitterly disappointed. I think Ive been loyal to Yorkshire. I wanted to commit the rest of my career to the club and I would have relished the thought of captaincy, which I had discussed with (chairman) Colin Graves and (director of cricket) Martyn Moxon. Now I have effectively been sacked and Im not even going to play for Yorkshire again, which makes me incredibly sad. What really upsets me is that I wasnt given the chance in my final game to say goodbye to the Yorkshire supporters, who have been so good to me over the years. Other players who knew they werent going to be around next year were given a handshake and a send-off in front of the fans. All I got after 15 years at the club was a cup of coffee in the chief executives office. Meanwhile, over in the Twenty20 Champions League, Sussex will need to beat the Eagles tomorrow if they are to stand any chance of making it through to the next round. A powerful New South Wales side, including the likes of Philipp Hughes and Brett Lee and far too much in the locker for our domestic Twenty20 kings, winning by 35 runs in Delhi yesterday. Somerset, the other English participants in the competition, are well placed to qualify after their dramatic one wicket win over the Deccan Chargers on Saturday. BY JAMES GOLDMAN DublininvictorytheofoutcameSteffsaid:Casey perform-starourofoneasgameLeinster poorwaswonLeinsterthatballAnyers. backourofworktheofbecausequality was massive for us.row and Steff And this was against a Leinster side break-theatMunsterdestroyedhadthat down the previous weekend, when they I believe England have to recognise the right way to use his talents and I am not convinced they did that last season. 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