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10 May 2014: London Irish v Sale Sharks

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Fixture Type: Aviva Premiership

Match Date: Sat 10 May 2014

Kick Off: 15:15

Venue: Madejski Stadium

Referee: Greg MacDonald

TV Match Official: Ashley Rowden

Assistant Referee: Roger Baileff

Assistant Referee: Andrew Pearce

London Irish fly half Shane Geraghty returns to the Exiles starting XV for tomorrow afternoon’s final Aviva Premiership match of the 2013/14 season against Sale Sharks at Madejski Stadium after missing last weekend’s match at Gloucester through injury (kick-off 3.15pm).

Geraghty will play alongside Tomás O’Leary at half back with James O’Connor, who will be making his last appearance for the Exiles before departing for Toulon, in the centre alongside Fergus Mulchrone. Andrew Fenby, Tom Homer and Marland Yarde, who will also be wearing the Irish jersey for the last time, are in the back three.

Matt Parr, Mike Mayhew and Leo Halavatau start in the front row with Ian Gough and Nic Rouse in the second row. Jebb Sinclair, Blair Cowan and Ofisa Treviranus will start together in the back row.

London Irish Director of Rugby, Brian Smith said: “It is our final game of the season and we want to ensure we sign off with a performance in front of our home supporters at the Madejski. It will be the final game in the Irish jersey for a couple of players and they are eager to finish with a win. Sale have had a great season and will be tough opponents tomorrow. We have prepared well and are ready for the contest.”

London Irish team to face Sale Sharks:

15. Tom Homer; 14. Marland Yarde*; 13. Fergus Mulchrone; 12. James O’Connor*; 11. Andrew Fenby; 10. Shane Geraghty (Captain)*; 9. Tomás O’Leary*; 1. Matt Parr; 2. Mike Mayhew; 3. Leo Halavatau; 4. Ian Gough*; 5. Nic Rouse; 6. Jebb Sinclair*; 7. Blair Cowan; 8. Ofisa Treviranus*

Replacements: 16. Jimmy Stevens 17. Tom Smallbone; 18. Jamie Hagan*; 19. Kieran Low*; 20. Gerard Ellis; 21. Alex Lewington; 22. Myles Dorrian; 23. Ed Hoadley

*Denotes International