Samoan trio return to Exiles squad for Tigers clash

Samoan internationals George Stowers, Seilala Mapusua and Sailosi Tagicakibau all return to the London Irish squad for the game against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.

<1r>Flanker, Stowers joins the starting lineup this week along with David Paice, Faan Rautenbach and Richard Thorpe. Kieran Roche steps in to partner Nick Kennedy in the second row.

Sailosi Tagicakibau, who this week announced a four year contract extension with London Irish, returns to the squad for the first time since October after recovering from injury.

London Irish Head Coach, Toby Booth said: “We're pleased to be playing at home in front of a good crowd this week. Leicester has always provided a tough challenge; however, we won the same fixture last year so have a lot of belief in our ability to do the same again on Saturday.

“The key will be the breakdown. Dave Pearson is an international referee who prides himself on breakdown accuracy and he is aggressive on its policing. This should enable us to get a good platform to launch the potent attack which we pride ourselves on.”

Team:

15. Delon Armitage*; 14. Topsy Ojo*; 13. Elvis Seveali’i*; 12. Daniel Bowden; 11. Jonathan Joseph; 10. Ryan Lamb; 9. Paul Hodgson*; 1. Clarke Dermody (c)*; 2. David Paice*; 3. Faan Rautenbach*; 4. Nick Kennedy*; 5. Kieran Roche; 6. George Stowers*; 7. Richard Thorpe; 8. Chris Hala’ufia*

Replacements:

16. Brian Blaney; 17.Alex Corbisiero; 18. Paulica Ion*; 19. Matt Garvey; 20. Steffon Armitage*; 21. Sailosi Tagicakibau*; 22. Seilala Mapusua*; 23. Chris Malone.

* Denotes international

Head Coach: Toby Booth; Attack Coach: Mike Catt; Defence Coach: Dave Ellis

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