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Allinson delighted to be on cusp of London Irish benchmark

Darren Allinson admits the chance to win his 100th cap for London Irish is a moment he has been waiting for since he joined the Aviva Premiership Rugby outfit.

The scrum-half made the switch to Irish back in 2010 and racked up his 99th appearance during last weekend’s 27-18 defeat to Scarlets in the LV= Cup.

And this week he has the chance to join the team’s 100 club when they take on Newcastle Falcons at the Madejski Stadium.

It is a match that Allinson is relishing – although he knows there are no guarantees when it comes to selection to interim head coach Glenn Delaney’s team.

But even if he has to make an impact from the bench, the 27-year-old is delighted to part of the club’s illustrious history.

“If I get the nod then obviously it’ll be my 100th cap for Irish which is something I’m really proud of,” he said.

“When I first started here I remember walking around and seeing the pictures on the wall of the people that had reached that landmark.

“It was one of my goals when I got here and something I wanted to achieve so to be on the brink of that is brilliant.

“It will be a special match if I get the nod but the main thing is that we go out there and put in a good performance for the fans.”

It has not been a vintage year for Irish in the LV= Cup so far with three losses out of three cementing their position at the foot of Pool 2.

But that doesn’t mean the team want to go out with a whimper and Allinson believes victory against the Falcons could prove pivotal when it comes to getting back into Aviva Premiership Rugby action.

“It wasn’t the best result last time out so we want to go out this week and make sure that we finish with a strong performance and positive result,” he added. 

“We need to get our home form going and this is all about momentum and starting a solid run going into the back-end of the season.”

“We all feel good and training has been really encouraging with a lot of the young lads pushing hard.

“It’s been nice for them to get out on the field and get some game time and it’s great to see the potential that we have coming through the ranks.

“We know that this is a performance-based sport and that if you’re playing well and prove yourself then you’ll get picked.

“So it’s a huge chance for anyone that gets out there to show their stuff and make a statement.”

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