London Irish make two changes for Sunday’s match

London Irish make two changes to the starting line-up of the team that played Exeter Chiefs last weekend for Sunday’s Aviva Premiership home match with Sale Sharks at Madejski Stadium (kick-off 3.00pm).

<1r>Both changes are among the backs where Tom Homer makes his first appearance of the season at full back in place of Delon Armitage who is with the England squad. Jonathan Joseph takes over on the left wing for Sailosi Tagicakibau who picked up an injury in last week’s match.

“The Aviva Premiership is the mainstay of our season and is the tournament that provides a true measure of our progress season upon season,” said Toby Booth, London Irish Head Coach. “We want to continue the momentum we’ve established in the league to date into the forthcoming break for the autumn internationals.

“We’ve scored 16 tries in eight matches so far this season and intend to build on that. Our success in try-scoring depends on quick ball so that is a paramount concern this afternoon. Sale showed against Leeds last weekend just how effective they can be at slowing the ball so we will have to be effective today, especially at the breakdown.”

Team
15. Tom Homer; 14. Topsy Ojo*; 13. Seilala Mapusua*; 12. Daniel Bowden; 11. Jonathan Joseph; 10. Ryan Lamb; 9. Paul Hodgson*; 1. Clarke Dermody* (captain); 2. David Paice*, 3. Alex Corbisiero; 4. Nick Kennedy*; 5. Bob Casey*; 6. Kieran Roche; 7. Chris Hala’Ufia*; 8. George Stowers*.

Replacements
16. James Buckland; 17. Dan Murphy; 18. Faan Rautenbach*; 19. Matt Garvey; 20. Steffon Armitage*; 21. Elvis Seveali’i*; 22. Chris Malone ; 23. Darren Allinson.

* Denotes international

There will be live match commentary from Madejski Stadium on BBC Radio Berkshire and on London Irish website at www.london-irish.com

Tickets for the match are available via the London Irish website or from the Ticket Sales Centre on 0844 249 1871.

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