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RUGBY UNION: Stegmann out to make mark
Seb Stegmann wants to get his career back on track after joining London Welsh.
The 23-year-old wing signed for the Exiles from champions Harlequins this week and goes straight into the side for tomorrow’s trip to Saracens.
Stegmann scored three tries in eight appearances during Quins’ Aviva Premiership winning campaign, but started just three times in 2012-13.
“I want to put myself back out there and play,” said Stegmann, who developed through Quins’ academy.
“The way Quins are going it looks as if I wasn’t going to get that much game-time.
“There was also a little bit of frustration at not being able to play.”
Stegmann had already signed a two-year deal with Welsh to start next season, but Quins allowed him to leave early after an approach from Welsh head coach Lyn Jones.
The former England Under 20 international had mixed feelings about leaving, but felt it was the right choice for his career.
“It was just about getting my chance to play, the chance to put myself forward,” said Stegmann.
“I have enjoyed my time at Harlequins. It was great to be part of their team.”
Welsh played poorly in last week’s 47-16 defeat at Exeter and on joining the squad this week, Stegmann has found a resolve among his new teammates to make amends .
“All the boys knew last week’s performance was not good enough,” he said.
“This game is about bouncing back and taking on Saracens where we can.
“We are more focused on our game and what we can do.
He added: “The boys have done so well this season to show the doubters and nay-sayers that they are capable all the other teams.
“There is still that hunger and belief that we can take into this weekend.”
Stegmann said that the artificial pitch at Saracens’ new Allianz Park ground would mean a faster game, with more running rugby.
“It is going to work for them as it is for us,” he said.
“The ball will be getting out to the backs quicker, which is a good thing!”