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Stade Francais Paris
Fixture Type: Amlin Challenge Cup
Match Date: Sun 08 Dec 2013
Kick Off: 15:00
Venue: Madejski Stadium
Referee: Neil Paterson
Assistant Referee: David Changleng
Assistant Referee: Graeme Marshall
The fly half will be partnered by Darren Allinson at half back with Guy Armitage and Fergus Mulchrone in the centre. Andrew Fenby, Tom Fowlie and Alex Lewington will make up the back three.
John Yapp, Jimmy Stevens and Leo Halavatau will start in the front row with Nic Rouse and Bryn Evans forming a new second row combination. Kieran Low, who recently made his Scotland debut, Jebb Sinclair and Chris Hala’ufia make up the back row.
Brian Smith, Exiles Director of Rugby said: “We’ve a lot to play for as a group – we currently sit at the top of the pool and we’d like to stay there. Whilst we’re using the Amlin Challenge Cup to develop youngsters like Tom Fowlie we still want to win. It’s a big challenge against one of the giants of French rugby but we’re up for the fight.”
London Irish team to face Stade Francais Paris:
15. Alex Lewington; 14.Tom Fowlie; 13.Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Guy Armitage; 11. Andrew Fenby; 10. Shane Geraghty* (Captain); 9. Darren Allinson; 1. John Yapp*; 2. Jimmy Stevens; 3. Leo Halavatau; 4. Nic Rouse; 5. Bryn Evans*; 6. Kieran Low*; 7. Jebb Sinclair*; 8. Chris Hala’ufia*
Replacements: 16. Mike Mayhew; 17 Matt Parr; 18. Jamie Hagan*; 19. Johnny Harris; 20. Blair Cowan; 21. Eamonn Sheridan ; 22. Myles Dorrian; 23. Tomás O’Leary*