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LV= Cup Preview: Scarlets v London Irish

Less than a week before England clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Tom Fowlie is eager to ensure London Irish come out on top of their own Anglo-Welsh encounter.

The Exiles have made a slow start to their LV= Cup campaign, defeats to Leicester Tigers and Wasps leaving them bottom of Pool 2 with one point.

Next up is a trip across the River Severn to face Scarlets on Saturday – just six days before Stuart Lancaster’s troops make the same trip to take on Wales.

After topping their European Rugby Challenge Cup pool and winning two of their last three Aviva Premiership Rugby games, London Irish have some impressive momentum to maintain.

And Fowlie insists that will serve as plenty of motivation, with qualification for the LV= Cup semi-finals now likely out of their reach.

“We have had a few good wins in the last few weeks,” said the 20-year-old. “It is just about keeping this feel good factor at the club. A few of the young boys will hopefully get a crack this week.

“It’s an England v Wales sort of thing. No matter who they put out, they are going to be coming to get us and it is at their home patch. They are not going to go down lightly.

“I’m feeling good, feeling sharp at the moment. I just need to get a good run of games together. I’m just trying to improve every day.

“I played quite a bit on the wing last year but going forward I see myself as more of a centre. But I would happily play on the wing – I would play anywhere just to play.”

The hosts are in a similar position to London Irish, without a win from their opening two games and likely facing an LV= Cup exit at the pool stage.

But much like Fowlie, Scarlets scrum-half Rhodri Williams is targeting this clash as an opportunity to stand out in a competitive squad.

He said: “London Irish are a quality side so it will be a tough game, but we have a good side out and hopefully we can push on and get a result.

“A few of us, myself included, get a chance for some game-time in the LV= matches and I think these two games will be really important for us to get some momentum going back into the Pro12.

“It is a good opportunity for us to do that, and a great chance for me to go out, express myself and show what I can do. Hopefully I can stick my hand up for our next league game.”

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