Harries loving life back in a Sudbury shirt after return

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He may have only just returned from more than 30 months without throwing a ball in anger, but Scott Harries has revealed he is loving life back at the forefront of the local rugby scene.

“I am really enjoying it,” said the 38-year-old who has been given a second coming as a scrum-half by Graham Richards, having previously been at Whittome Field as a joint head coach with a playing capacity.

“The boys are unbeaten this season, they have won every game, and I wanted to finish my playing career playing back at nine a couple of years ago.

“And then things happened and I ended up leaving the club but I got a phone call from one of the coaches and asked me if I wanted to play.

“I made that decision and at the moment, it is the right decision.”

Harries, who was involved in only his third game back in Saturday’s nail-biting 15-14 victory over second-placed Cantabrigian, revealed playing every game is not really a possibility this time around.

“The body is a bit old but the mind is willing,” he explained. “I am picking up a few injuries here and there, but I have to pick and choose my games and just keep my foot in the door really.”

After Sudbury went seven points clear at the top, he said: “That now puts us two games ahead of them, but we can’t really rest on our laurels.

“We have just to keep on going winning games and the weather is going to make it tougher as it is starting to turn now.”

Director of rugby Richards said he is delighted to have Harries’ wiser head helping their promotion assault.

“Fortunately, along with Toby White, Scott Harries passed his fitness test.

“An old head certainly helped us on Saturday.

“He was under a lot of pressure, but I thought he played very well under the circumstances.

“He is not as old as John Coombe last season and it is brilliant for him to come 
back.”