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Delon Armitage returns for London Irish to face Exeter Chiefs

Delon Armitage returns for London Irish to face Exeter Chiefs

London Irish has made two personnel changes and two positional changes for Saturday’s St Patrick’s Party clash against Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Delon Armitage makes his return along with David Paice who is back in the squad after recovering from injury. Alex Corbisiero also returns from his successful England debut in the Six Nations.

Delon Armitage comes in at full back in place of Tom Homer who moves onto the wing. Daniel Bowden moves into the fly half position from inside centre, with Elvis Seveali’i coming into the centres to join fellow Samoan, Seilala Mapusua.

London Irish head coach, Toby Booth said: "It is good to be back playing at the Madejski Stadium and the St Patrick Party game is always a great spectacle that the squad looks forward to. We have key personnel returning for the fixture and have prepared well leading into the game, so we are all geared up to come away from the fixture with a positive result.”

London Irish team to face Exeter

15. Delon Armitage*; 14. Topsy Ojo*; 13. Elvis Seveali’i*; 12. Seilala Mapusua*; 11. Tom Homer; 10. Daniel Bowden; 9. Paul Hodgson*; 1. Clarke Dermody (captain)*; 2. James Buckland; 3. Faan Rautenbach*; 4. Nick Kennedy*; 5. Bob Casey*; 6. Jamie Gibson; 7. Steffon Armitage*; 8. George Stowers*

Replacements: 16. David Paice; 17. Alex Corbisiero*; 18. Paulica Ion*; 19. Gary Johnson; 20. Richard Thorpe; 21. Adam Thompstone; 22. Ryan Lamb; 23. Darren Allinson

* Denotes international

Head Coach: Toby Booth; Attack Coach: Mike Catt; Defence Coach: Dave Ellis


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