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Fixture Type: Aviva Premiership
Match Date: Sat 03 May 2014
Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Steve Lee
TV Match Official: Rowan Kitt
Assistant Referee: Ashley Rowden
Assistant Referee: Robin Goodliffe
It has been a frustrating year for the full back who has suffered with a groin injury throughout the 2013/14 season, but he is fit to start after a solid second half performance against Northampton in the last round.
Homer will start in the back three alongside Marland Yarde and Andrew Fenby with Fergus Mulchrone and Eamonn Sheridan in the centre. Ian Humphreys and Tomás O’Leary will form an Irish halfback combination with the scrum half captaining the side in the absence of Shane Geraghty and George Skivington.
Matt Parr, Jimmy Stevens and Leo Halavatau start in the front row with Ian Gough in the second row to join Nic Rouse. Kieran Low, Jebb Sinclair and Chris Hala’ufia will start together in the back row.
London Irish Director of Rugby, Brian Smith said: “I’m really happy with our preparations this week, we’ve had a few disruptions with injuries but the players coming in have all stepped up. It’s nice to see Tom get his 100th cap and it’s also good to welcome back Chris Hala’ufia to the fold. The players are excited by the challenge of playing Gloucester at Kingsholm and it will be a memorable day for Tom Smallbone, another Academy player getting his chance this weekend.”
London Irish team to face Gloucester Rugby:
15.Tom Homer; 14. Marland Yarde*; 13. Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Eamonn Sheridan; 11. Andrew Fenby; 10. Ian Humphreys; 9. Tomás O’Leary* (Captain); 1. Matt Parr; 2. Jimmy Stevens; 3. Leo Halavatau; 4. Ian Gough*; 5. Nic Rouse; 6. Kieran Low*; 7. Jebb Sinclair*; 8. Chris Hala’ufia*
Replacements: 16. Mike Mayhew; 17. Tom Smallbone; 18. Jamie Hagan*; 19. Bryn Evans*; 20. Gerard Ellis; 21. Alex Lewington; 22. Myles Dorrian; 23. Darren Allinson