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Camacho’s maiden Tigers start brings mixed emotions

Gonzalo Camacho’s first Aviva Premiership Rugby start for Leicester Tigers was a mixed occasion for the Argentine – to say the least.

A string of injury problems have plagued the winger since he arrived at Welford Road in 2013 – meaning he had to wait over two years to make his maiden start.

That it came in a crushing 26-6 loss to Saracens last time out was not ideal but the 31-year-old is hoping to set the record straight swiftly.

And with the first start now out of the way, the former Exeter Chief could be back in action as soon as this weekend for the Midlands derby against old rivals Northampton Saints.

“I was very happy to start for this team at last – it has been a long time to wait so to get the ball in my hands wearing the Leicester Tigers jersey was great,” he said.

“But of course we are not happy because of the score, the result and how the match developed. To get my first start was a positive but we have much to learn from this game.

“It has been very difficult for me but the atmosphere at this club – the players, the coaches, the medical staff – everyone has made it as easy as possible.

“I never let my head drop, I was always thinking about returning. I know for some people it never happens but I was not going to let that happen to me. I kept fighting and I am so happy that my chance came.”

Ring rust is inevitable after that long out of the game for Camacho and competition for places in the back three at Tigers is incredibly strong.

The likes of Mathew Tait, Telusa Veainu, Niki Goneva and Peter Betham – although the latter has spent a lot of this season at outside centre – are all jostling for position.

And Camacho admits the hard work must continue now that he is finally in contention for the first XV.

“I am back at 100 per cent but there is still more to come from me. I didn’t get much ball in the Saracens game and I want more chances to show the Tigers supporters what I can do,” he added. 

“I just need to keep working hard and hope I get a second chance – if it comes you have to take it.

“The competition in the back three players here is very strong – we have a lot of quality players international players but you have to look forward to that challenge.” 

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