We won’t block Dean move to Na­tional One, vows Wil­liams

A&C sec­ond row may re­turn to Rich­mond af­ter shin­ing on trial, and coach won’t scup­per a loan deal

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Amer­sham & Chiltern sec­ond row MacLen­nan re­turned to the club last week fol­low­ing a trial pe­riod with the Na­tional One side.

MacLen­nan may yet re­turn to the south-west Lon­don club, and Chiltern head coach Wil­liams would be more than happy to let the ta­lented New Zealan­der go.

He said: “Dean has been on trial with Rich­mond and had a run out for their sec­onds, and it may be that he goes there and we get a loan agree­ment to play him – we will see.

“He is a big, abra­sive ball car­rier who could be play­ing na­tional league rugby, and if that turns out to be the case he will go with my bless­ing, as that it our ethos.

“He came over from Silverdale in North Har­bour, New Zealand, last sum­mer with Zane Turner, and it is a link-up we will hope is fruit­ful for years to come. Zane is a hooker and more diminu­tive than Dean, but he has the heart of a lion. They have both been a huge suc­cess story for us, and Zane could go on to bet­ter things too.”

Chiltern did not have a game last week­end as their county

few cup semi-fi­nal against Ayles­bury, which was sup­posed to be played on Fri­day night un­der the flood­lights, was called off when their op­po­nents could not get a team to­gether.

Ayles­bury have there­fore been scratched from the com­pe­ti­tion and Chiltern have been handed a free pas­sage into the fi­nal, where they will play Marlow. While a date for this has not yet been set, it could well be an­other Fri­day flood­lit game.

Be­fore that, Chiltern re­turn to Lon­don One North ac­tion this Satur­day with a derby against Tring, who were rel­e­gated along­side them from Na­tional Three Lon­don & SE last sea­son, kick­ing off early at 1pm. Tring cur­rently sit sec­ond in the ta­ble, hav­ing won five games out of six.

Wil­liams added: “Tring have started the sea­son well. Not only is it a lo­cal derby, both teams know each other’s games in­side out from last sea­son, so it will be in­tense.

“It makes a change from most games we’ve been play­ing this sea­son, which are en­tirely new chal­lenges. Tring are stronger than last sea­son, but we know their strengths and weak­nesses.”

Dean McLen­nan in ac­tion for A&C

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