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Monye relishing Amlin final


Ugo Monye

Ugo Monye

Ugo Monye

Last summer, Ugo Monye turned down a double-your-money offer from Racing Metro to stay at Harlequins - and he did so for days like Friday.

Harlequins tackle Stade Francais, who Racing have usurped as rugby's big players in Paris, in the Amlin Challenge Cup final at the Cardiff City Stadium.

"I was seriously tempted to go to France but this is my ninth season at Harlequins and I felt my work here was not done. I stayed for moments like this," Monye said.

"I have only won one major trophy and I didn't want to leave and look back in five years and think I'd had nine good years but I hadn't achieved that much.

"I knew the potential of the boys, I knew where this team was going and I wanted to be around. This is a real opportunity for us to do something special and it shows I made the right decision.

"Everyone is so excited. It doesn't feel like a long season when you have got a final to look forward to.

"It is a massive opportunity for us to get into the Heineken Cup for next season and, most importantly, to get a trophy in the cabinet."

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