Fixtures - Top Bar

Kirwan hoping London Welsh can use Europe as a springboard

As London Welsh’s quest for that elusive first victory continues, flanker Carl Kirwan hopes that a strong display in Europe can launch their Aviva Premiership Rugby survival bid in earnest.

Welsh have picked up just a solitary bonus point this year and their latest defeat was a 43-14 reverse at home to Northampton Saints last Sunday.

They will resume league action with a daunting trip to Saracens in a fortnight’s time but first face a double header against Pro12 side Edinburgh in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Kirwan insists the Exiles have shown development over the past few weeks and is keen to turn that into a win against Edinburgh.

“We’re hoping to pick up our first victory this weekend – if we can go to a place like Edinburgh and turn them over that would be fantastic,” he said.

“It will be hard but I think it’s doable – they’re a big physical side with good players but I think we can play the way we want to play and get a result.

“Hopefully we can pick up that first win and build up some momentum over the next two weeks to take back into the Premiership against Saracens.

“Premiership has to be the main focus for us – we’ve got to fight to stay up which I think is still very possible for us.

“Improvements are coming but we just need this first win to get some points on the board and start climbing up the table.”

Kirwan, who won London Welsh Supporters Club Player of the Year last season, made his first appearance of this campaign in the Northampton clash last weekend.

The 23-year-old battled injury in the early months of the season but, now fighting fit once again, he is keen to build on his display against the Saints.

“I was extremely pleased to get the nod and have my first game – it was big honour for me to pull on a London Welsh shirt in the Premiership and it was fantastic,” he added.

“A few years ago I thought I might have missed my chance to play in the top flight but then I moved to London Welsh in the Championship and had a good year.

“Unfortunately I was struck by injury in pre-season and it was frustrating to be sat on the sidelines not playing where I want to play after a big season last year. It’s good to be back playing again.”

This Christmas, Premiership Rugby is offering fans a special gift with selected tickets for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015. Click here to find out about this limited offer.

Latest News

England Rugby squad update

Bath Rugby's Anthony Watson is a step closer to making his England return after being one of 24 players retained…

Anthony Watson

Piutau hoping West Country derby brings the best out of Bristol Rugby

Bristol Rugby centre Siale Piutau admits there is no better way for his side to bounce back from a bruising…

Mark Jennings: In-form Sale Sharks can topple Saracens

Sale Sharks’ Mark Jennings believes his in-form side are now reaping the fruits of their tough European campaign – and…

Zach Mercer to lead England U20 against Italy

England Under 20 have made eight changes to the starting line-up for their Six Nations match against Italy at the…

Will Witty targets top six as Newcastle Falcons push continues

Newcastle Falcons are enjoying their best season in over a decade and lock Will Witty believes a top-six finish is…

Round 16 Preview: Bristol Rugby v Bath Rugby

Bristol Rugby’s only two victories in Aviva Premriship Rugby this season came in successive matches, against Worcester and Sale over…

Bristol v Bath

Ticket sales for Derby Day at Wembley hit 50,000

Ticket sales for this year’s Derby Day spectacle between Saracens and Harlequins at Wembley Stadium have now hit 50,000! The…

Wembley

Round 16 Preview: Wasps v Gloucester Rugby

Wasps are without a win in their last four first team fixtures since beating Zebre in Parma in the Champions…

Wasps v Gloucester

Referee appointments: Dean Richards takes charge of 91st Aviva Premiership Rugby clash

Referee Dean Richards will move ever closer to a century of Aviva Premiership Rugby matches this weekend, as he takes…

Round 16 Preview: Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons

Exeter Chiefs only defeat in their last ten first team matches was at Clermont-Auvergne in the European Champions Cup on…

Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons

Round 16 Preview: Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors

Northampton Saints have slipped to successive Aviva Premiership Rugby defeats at Bath and at Newcastle but have not lost three…

Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors

Jack Wilson extends stay with Bath Rugby

Jack Wilson has extended his stay with Bath Rugby until at least 2019, the Club are delighted to confirm. The…

Jack Wilson

Guy Mercer relishing Bath Rugby’s rigorous preparation this term

Bath Rugby club captain Guy Mercer believes meticulous planning has laid the foundations for a successful end to the season.…

Newcastle Falcons sign Canadian try machine DTH van der Merwe

Newcastle Falcons have added another proven top-level try-scorer to their squad with the news that Canada and Scarlets wing DTH…

DTH van der Merwe

Round 16 Preview: Saracens v Sale Sharks

Saracens are without a win in their last three Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures and have not gone four in a…

Saracens v Sale Sharks

Round 16 Preview: Harlequins v Leicester Tigers

Harlequins are one of only two sides with a 100 per cent home winning record in Aviva Premiership Rugby this…

Harlequins v Leicester Tigers

Phil Swainston joins Harlequins from Wasps

Harlequins is excited to confirm today (Wednesday 22nd February), the signing of Wasps tighthead prop Phil Swainston, who will join…

Phil Swainston

BT Sport and ITV coverage of Aviva Premiership Rugby

A breathless round of Aviva Premiership Rugby action last week saw records smashed, underdogs triumph, and tries galore with a…

Live TV matches on BT Sport for Round 21

Premiership Rugby can confirm that Harlequins’ crucial clash with Wasps in the penultimate round of Aviva Premiership Rugby has been chosen…

Wasps v Harlequins