London Irish Head Coach Tom Coventry has named New Zealand World Cup winner Ben Franks and Samoa captain, Ofisa Treviranus in his squad of 23 for tomorrow evening’s round two European Challenge Cup match against Grenoble (kick-off 8 45pm).
Tom Court, Gerard Ellis and Halani Aulika start in the front row for the second week with Eoin Sheriff and Matt Symons again lining up in the second row. Jebb Sinclair comes into the back row alongside Joe Trayfoot and Luke Narraway.
Darren Allinson and Chris Noakes remain at scrum half and fly half respectively with Johnny Williams and Aseli Tikoirotuma in the centre. Topsy Ojo, Alex Lewington and Sean Maitland all start together in the back three.
Tom Cruse, Tom Smallbone and All Black Ben Franks are the front row replacements and David Sisi Ofisa Treviranus and Conor Gilsenan will cover the back row. Scott Steele and Theo Brophy-Clews are the back replacements.
London Irish Head Coach, Tom Coventry said: “We have enjoyed a good week of preparation following last Saturday’s game against Agen. It will be a step up against Grenoble; they have a strong squad and are performing well in the Top 14 so the match will offer a significant challenge.”
London Irish Team to play Grenoble:
15. Sean Maitland*; 14. Alex Lewington; 13. Aseli Tikoirotuma*; 12. Johnny Williams; 11. Topsy Ojo*; 10. Chris Noakes; 9. Darren Allinson; 1. Tom Court*; 2. Gerard Ellis; 3. Halani Aulika*; 4. Eoin Sheriff; 5. Matt Symons (Captain); 6. Jebb Sinclair*; 7. Joe Trayfoot; 8. Luke Narraway*
Replacements: 16. Tom Cruse; 17. Tom Smallbone; 18. Ben Franks*; 19. David Sisi; 20. Ofisa Treviranus*; 21. Conor Gilsenan; 22. Scott Steele; 23. Theo Brophy-Clews