Tonks vows to keep Irish up

Date published: April 1 2016

London Irish fly-half Greig Tonks has his sights set on helping the Exiles to avoid relegation after arriving at the club last month.

The Scotland international joined from Edinburgh and has slotted straight into the Exiles number ten shirt as they battle to avoid the drop.

Tonks oversaw Irish's win over Gloucester in their last home outing with the club now four points behind 11th-placed Newcastle Falcons with four rounds to go.

Speaking about his move, Tonks revealed that the chance to play regularly at fly-half was a major incentive.

“I was playing every week at Edinburgh but was jumping between full-back and fly-half, which was a bit frustrating," Tonks told The Rugby Paper.

“So when the opportunity arose to come here and focus purely on playing in one position, it’s something I really wanted to do.

“[Alan Solomons] was understanding – eventually! He didn’t want me to leave but we had a good conversation and he agreed not to stand in my way.

"I’m contracted here [with Irish] next season whether we’re relegated or not and I want to give fly-half a real go.”

Tonks isn't ignoring the pressure posed by relegation but the 26-year-old feels upbeat about the direction of the club.

“No one wants to be in a relegation battle but I’m pleased to be at what I think is a very good club," Tonks added.

“We’ve got a good squad, with great coaches and I’m enjoying being part of it.

“I’ve arrived at a tough time and we need to win two or three of our last few games, but I’ve been brought here to try and keep Irish up and that’s what I intend to do.

“There’s the added pressure and we know we’ve got to beat Sale and Newcastle, but I’m enjoying having a strong input into how we’re playing. I’m able to take control, which I couldn’t at Edinburgh, and have a lot of experience I can pass on.”