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Fixture Type: Aviva Premiership
Match Date: Sun 20 Apr 2014
Kick Off: 14:00
Venue: Franklin's Gardens
Referee: JP Doyle
TV Match Official: Geoff Warren
Assistant Referee: Andrew Pearce
Assistant Referee: Nigel Carrick
Geraghty captains the side in the absence of George Skivington who misses the match with a back injury. Marland Yarde replaces Topsy Ojo on the wing; Ojo fractured his jaw in the victory over Newcastle last weekend. James O’Connor has a hamstring injury and is replaced at fullback by Alex Lewington.
Matt Parr, Mike Mayhew and Leo Halavatau start in the front row for a second week with Kieran Low replacing Skivington in the second row to join Nic Rouse. Gerard Ellis, who scored on his Aviva Premiership debut last week, will start in the back row with Blair Cowan and Ofisa Treviranus.
Tomás O’Leary and Shane Geraghty will start at half back with Eamonn Sheridan and Fergus Mulchrone in the centre. Andrew Fenby, Marland Yarde and Alex Lewington make up the back three.
London Irish Director of Rugby, Brian Smith said: “We enjoyed a good win last weekend but have picked up a few injuries for our troubles. The players stepping in know they have big shoes to fill. Northampton will be a step up this weekend; Franklins Gardens is always a tough place to go so we know we will have to be at our best to compete.”
London Irish team to face Northampton Saints
15. Alex Lewington; 14. Marland Yarde*; 13. Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Eamonn Sheridan; 11. Andrew Fenby ; 10. Shane Geraghty* (Captain); 9. Tomás O’Leary*; 1. Matt Parr; 2. Mike Mayhew; 3. Leo Halavatau; 4. Kieran Low; 5. Nic Rouse; 6. Blair Cowan; 7. Gerard Ellis; 8. Ofisa Treviranus*
Replacements: 16. Jimmy Stevens; 17. Jonny Harris; 18. Jamie Hagan*; 19. Bryn Evans*; 20. Jebb Sinclair*; 21. Tom Homer; 22. Ian Humphreys; 23. Darren Allinson