Fixtures - Top Bar

Exiles Named to Play Sale Sharks

JSinclair-LI-0104

London Irish have made three changes for this Saturday’s Aviva Premiership encounter with Sale Sharks at the Madejski Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

England capped hooker David Paice gets the nod ahead of Tom Cruse in the front-row, while Jebb Sinclair replaces Elliott Stooke who has returned to Gloucester following a loan spell with the Club.

The Exiles have made just one change in the backline with Tom Fowlie coming in for Topsy Ojo on the wing as Tom Coventry’s side eye successive victories on home soil following the St Patrick’s Day Game triumph over Gloucester.

Last week’s narrow 12-6 defeat at Worcester Warriors also garnered a losing bonus point for the Exiles, cutting the gap on Newcastle Falcons to just four points at the foot of the table.

Assistant Coach Richard Whiffin is anticipating a stern test from a Sale outfit, harbouring a top six European Champions Cup berth come May.

"It is going to be a huge game for us at the Madejski, and we have been in good form there of late," said Whiffin.

"We have won four out of our last five home games, and this weekend is an opportunity for us to get more points on the board going into the Newcastle game in a fortnight’s time," added Whiffin.

Irish’s last four Premiership games are being billed as ‘cup finals’ by Head Coach Tom Coventry, with Whiffin echoing those sentiments, adding: “Every game is a cup final and we must approach every game with the right mentality.

"We just need to take our chances which was evident during last week’s game at Worcester, a match that was there for the taking. We created enough to win the game, but we still had to fight back from being nine points down, so to come away with something was better than nothing.

"We started last weekend five league points down and ended it four points down so ultimately we were positive in that degree – you’ve got to look at the positive side of things."

A half-back combination of Ireland legend Peter Stringer and Wasps-bound Danny Cipriani are set to take to the field this Saturday. Nullifying their threat will be high on the Exiles’ agenda, and Whiffin admits they are a tantalising prospect.

He said: "We know that they are the heartbeat of their team – Cipriani has played well all year and he attacks the line well, and has an outstanding passing and kicking game.

"Stringer is an old head and knows how to martial the troops and get his forward pack moving well. We know that they have lynchpins in their side and anything we can do to disrupt that will aid us."

London Irish: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Tom Fowlie, 13 Ciaran Hearn, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Andrew Fenby, 10 Greig Tonks, 9 Scott Steele, 1 Tom Court, 2 David Paice, 3 Halani Aulika, 4 Jebb Sinclair, 5 Matt Symons, 6 Luke Narraway (c), 7 Blair Cowan, 8 Ofisa Treviranus

Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Tom Smallbone, 18 Leo Halavatau, 19 Jerry Sexton, 20 Rob McCusker, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Theo Brophy Clews, 23 Fergus Mulchrone
 

Latest News

Fenton-Wells confident Lam will make impact at Bristol Rugby

Bristol Rugby flanker Nick Fenton-Wells is confident the club have acquired a top coach in Pat Lam but won’t let…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Aaron Morris desperate for Quins to sort out away form

Aaron Morris is proud of Harlequins’ record at the Stoop but the full-back has warned his teammates the season will…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Dowson and Barry educate Warriors Under 18s

Phil Dowson and Darren Barry gave some time on Monday evening to provide valuable advice to Warriors Under 18s, who…

Worcester Warriors Academy

Geoff Parling: Chiefs can draw European inspiration from last season’s heroics

Following two defeats from two, qualification for the European knock-out stages may look like mission improbable – but if there’s…

666709985_ht_1936_5ffe036790f2651d04cf02d772136916.jpg

Sam Egerton ready for fierce Lyon challenge

Scrum-half Sam Egerton believes Newcastle Falcons can push on and meet ‘fire with fire’ against Lyon in the European Rugby…

Sam Egerton making a break against Ospreys in the Challenge Cup

Premiership Rugby clubs in Europe live on TV

Aviva Premiership Rugby’s finest return to European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup action this weekend looking to build on…

tvrelease1111

Freddie Burns ecstatic to have stepped up after Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month award

Freddie Burns’ impressive displays have seen him named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for November and the Leicester…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Gloucester Rugby confirm new deal for scrum-half Callum Braley

Ahead of this evening's fixture with La Rochelle, Gloucester Rugby are pleased to confirm the next re-signing for the 2017/18…

Callum Braley

Josh Beaumont backs Sale Sharks’ new boys to shine

Marquee summer signings AJ MacGinty and Josh Charnley are primed and ready to make their presence felt in the second…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Freddie Burns named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for November 2016

Leicester Tigers’ outside-half Freddie Burns has “got his strut back” and this has led to him being named Aviva Premiership…

fburns-potm-0812

Match officials for this weekend’s European fixtures

Northampton Saints will face Leinster in a rematch of the memorable 2011 final as the European Rugby Champions Cup returns…

629845781DM00026_Saracens_v

Worcester Warriors ‘unlucky’ in defeat to Wasps, says Ryan Bower

Worcester Warriors prop Ryan Bower admits it was important for his side to put in a performance against Wasps after their humbling Aviva Premiership Rugby defeat…

Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images

In-form Henry Purdy desperate to keep improving at Gloucester Rugby

Henry Purdy is refusing to rest on his laurels and has vowed to push on hard, despite praise from all…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Max Clark the centre of attention at Bath Rugby

Back in September – just when Bath Rugby were beginning to count on him in the centres – an ill-timed…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Seven tries success for Exeter Braves over Bath United

Exeter Braves’ Shaun Malton and Levi Davis of Bath United became the first opponents since 2005 to both score hat-tricks…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library