TOP BAR - Fixtures

Paice thriving in Exiles battle

When it comes to London Irish, no current player knows the club better than David Paice, and the hooker is confident they can secure Aviva Premiership Rugby survival this season.

At 32, Paice is the joint longest-serving player at the club, having made his debut all the way back in 2004 in a game against Northampton Saints.

A further 12 years on and he finds himself in the midst of an almighty relegation battle, as Irish sit 12th with four rounds to go, four points behind 11th-placed Newcastle Falcons.

A losing bonus point at Worcester Warriors last time out allowed them to close the gap, and with the two sides set to meet in a fortnight’s time, beating the drop is still in the Exiles’ hands.

And for Paice, performing under pressure will be the ultimate test for Irish, and a challenge he is relishing.

He said: “There is huge pressure on us at the moment, but I really enjoy those games where you know you have to win.

“The next few weeks are going to be huge for us, but we’re feeling good.

“We maybe didn’t get the rewards for our performance against Worcester, and a couple of little handling errors cost us.

“But it’s a great bunch of lads and the players are training really well.

“We’re back at home this week (against Sale Sharks), and we’re really looking forward to going out and playing in front of the home fans.

“We feel like our performances have picked up a bit over the last five or six weeks, and now we just need the results to follow.

“There’s not too many games left but we just need to start taking our opportunities.”

For the eight-cap England hooker, this season has also seen him take on a mentoring role with fellow No.2 Tom Cruse – a summer signing from Rotherham.

And while the position of the club has meant it’s been a difficult campaign – Paice is hoping to finish on a high.

“It’s been hard with the position we are in but I think things are picking up,” he added.

“Our scrum has been going well and I feel like I’ve played my part around the park.

“It’s been good having Tom Cruse here and he’s been playing really well. It’s important to have a couple of players in that position and we’ve been pushing each other. I’ve enjoyed playing with him.”

Watch England's finest at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham on 28 May from only £30 for adults & £15 for children. Click here for tickets 

Latest News

Sonatane Takulua expecting big things from Newcastle Falcons this season

Sonatane Takulua believes unity and a collective purpose, combined with an improved playing pool, can help propel Newcastle Falcons up…

Sonatane Takulua

Wasps name team for first pre-season fixture against Ulster

Dai Young has named a 26-man squad to take on Ulster Rugby at Kingspan Stadium in the first pre-season fixture…

Anglo-Welsh Cup 2017-18 launched

WORCESTER WARRIORS have the honour of hosting the opening match in this year’s Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday 3 November, when…

Leicester Tigers win the Anglo Welsh Cup

Ally Hogg pleased by Newcastle Falcons’ early progress

Ally Hogg believes Newcastle Falcons are well set to attack the new Aviva Premiership season after a double dose of…

Ally Hogg

Topsy Ojo relishing Exiles return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action at HQ

Topsy Ojo believes there could be no more fitting way for London Irish to announce their return as an Aviva…

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua sees Philadelphia trip as a ‘great opportunity’

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua insists his side’s September clash with Saracens in Philadelphia will be no holiday for the players,…

Sonatane Takulua

Harlequins statement: Luke Wallace and Jonas Mikalcius

Harlequins can confirm today (Tuesday 15th August) that flanker Luke Wallace dislocated his hip during the pre-season friendly against London…

Luke Wallace

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

London Irish will host Bath Rugby at the Madejski Stadium in the opening round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Saturday…

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

HITZ graduate secures first full time job after being inspired by Premiership Rugby final

A teenager from Leigh who overcame a troubled home life and tackled confidence and communication issues thanks to Premiership Rugby…

Lucy Neal

Nick Kennedy delighted with first pre-season hit-out for London Irish

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy is looking forward to seeing his side build on Saturday’s thrilling contest against…

Nick Kennedy

Philadelphia bound Nick Civetta can’t wait for American Series challenge with Newcastle Falcons

NICK CIVETTA HAS had an unlikely path to the top level but as he prepares to embark on his second season…

Nick Civetta

Demetri Catrakilis relishing chance to reunite with old friend Tim Swiel

Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis has revealed he is ready to join forces with  compatriot and old acquaintance Tim Swiel – insisting…

Worcester Warriors to use number of players in Hartpury test

Warriors will look to use up to 37 players during their fixture against Hartpury College this Saturday in their first…

GJ van Velze

Emergency Services workers invited to London Double Header

Saracens are offering up to eight free tickets to any member of the London Emergency Services for the upcoming London…

London Double Header

Newcastle Falcons teams for double-header v Doncaster and Nottingham

Three-time French title winner Maxime Mermoz is among the Newcastle Falcons players making their debuts in Saturday’s home double header…

Nili Latu

Lewis and Phillips to make Bath Rugby debuts against Bristol

Josh Lewis and James Phillips will make their Bath Rugby debuts in the Club’s first pre-season game against Bristol Rugby…

James Phillips

London Irish name side for pre-season opener

London Irish have named a 29-man squad for tomorrow’s Cunningham Duncombe Series against Harlequins at Hazelwood, with seven summer signings…

Greig Tonks

Nick Civetta primed for Newcastle Falcons’ double header this Saturday

Having spent the summer helping his country qualify for the Rugby World Cup American lock Nick Civetta is keen to…

Nick Civetta

Chris Robshaw commits his future to Harlequins

Harlequins is thrilled to announce today (Thursday 10th August) that England back row Chris Robshaw has re-signed with the Club…

Chris Robshaw