Fixtures - Top Bar

Ojo relishing another St Patrick’s Party

TopsyOjoSarLir15SB1005

Topsy Ojo admits he is already counting down the days until London Irish’s annual St Patrick’s Party fixture when they will take on Newcastle Falcons at the Madejski Stadium.

The Exiles have celebrated St Patrick’s Day at the Aviva Premiership Rugby home game closest to March 17 since 2001, when 12,500 fans saw them prevail 13-10 over Northampton Saints.

The tradition has since gone on to establish itself as a standalone fixture in the rugby diary and is attended by supporters from all over Britain and Ireland.

The 2015 Party will take place against the Falcons on Saturday March 28 with entertainment, live music and competitions in the Village from 11am.

Having his made his Irish debut in 2005, Ojo is a veteran of the St Patrick’s Party and the winger is adamant that not only is it a great day out for fans but the highly-charged atmosphere helps the players on the pitch as well.

“The atmosphere is always amazing at the St Patrick’s Day games – when you get such big crowds coming through the gates, it just sets everything up for a brilliant day of rugby,” Ojo explained.

“The club do really well making sure all the fans are accommodated – we get an influx of extra fans with it being around St Patrick’s Day and it really gees the team up as well.

“We always put on a big performance for Paddy’s Day and this year is going to be no different.

“It’s a special occasion and especially for me on the wing because I’m that little bit closer to the crowd.

“It has a massive impact on the guys – it does inspire you and those are the sorts of occasions you want to be a part of.”

Ojo has good memories of the St Patrick’s Party fixtures and singles out a 16-13 triumph over Wasps in 2007 – where he scored the hosts’ only try – as a particular highlight.

Riki Flutey’s late penalty sealed the win despite Exiles flanker Juan Leguizamon earlier dropping the ball over the try-line when attempting an extravagant celebratory dive. 

Irish currently lie tenth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, just one place ahead of the Falcons, and with a European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Edinburgh at the start of April, Ojo is keen to start building momentum.

“We want to finish the season strongly and see how far up the table we can push,” added the 29-year-old.

“And we’ve got a massive quarter-final in the European Challenge Cup so it’s an important part of the season for us.

“We want to start well, start with a bang and that’s Newcastle at the St Patrick’s Party – it’s important to get the win but looking forwards it’s also important to have that momentum.

“It’s one of the fixtures you target in the calendar, see who you’ve got and then think I’m definitely looking forward to that one.”

The London Irish St Patrick’s Party takes place on Saturday 28th March at Madejski Stadium. The day starts at 11am with fun for all the family, followed by London Irish vs. Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership. For tickets call 0118 968 1016 or visit www.London-irish.com

 

Latest News

Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 50 Bristol Rugby 17

Aaron Mauger has backed his Leicester Tigers side to make the top four and qualify for the Aviva Premiership Rugby…

Telusa Veainu scored a brilliant first-half try on his return to Leicester Tigers colours

Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 22 Harlequins 12

Bath Rugby director of rugby Todd Blackadder admits his side were not at their best but was still delighted to…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 32 Exeter Chiefs 48

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter praised the lightning speed of hat-trick hero James Short as his side ran in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Audio: Post match reaction from Bath v Harlequins

Bath were back at the Rec to welcome Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. Simon Ward was in the crowd..... Afterwards…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Bath Rugby 22 Harlequins 12

Max Clark’s second-half try and the boot of Rhys Priestland secured Bath Rugby a hard-fought victory over Harlequins that keeps…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Leicester Tigers 50 Bristol Rugby 17

JP Pietersen’s first-half try double inspired Leicester Tigers to an eight-try 50-17  Aviva Premiership Rugby win over Bristol Rugby in…

JP Pietersen and Telusa Veainu were pivotal to Leicester Tigers' electric attack

Match Report: Worcester Warriors 32 Exeter Chiefs 48

James Short scored a hat-trick as Exeter Chiefs scored seven tries in a 48-32 victory over Worcester Warriors at Sixways…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Under 18s Academy Finals Day – Reaction: Exeter Chiefs’ Snow revels in hardest game of year

Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Joe Snow feels that his side's 29-28 win against Wasps in the 3rd/4th place play-off at the…

700001073_tm_7482_f9fab660151316c51edf656886f5655c.jpg

Under 18s Academy Finals Day – Reaction: Porter admits inconsistency cost Wasps

Wasps captain Will Porter felt the team lacked consistency during their defeat to Exeter Chiefs on Premiership Rugby U18 Academy…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library