Tomás O’Leary will captain the Exiles with David Paice, who has just signed a new three year contract extension, vice-captain for the match. Andrew Fenby will make his first start for the club on the wing.
Matt Parr, David Paice and Halani Aulika make up the front row. Kieran Low and Nic Rouse will partner in the second row. Jon Fisher, Ofisa Treviranus and Chris Hala’ufia will play together in the back row.
Ian Humphreys will partner O’Leary in the halves with Eamonn Sheridan and Guy Armitage forming the centre combination. England International, Marland Yarde, Andrew Fenby and Topsy Ojo will make up the back three.
Brian Smith, Exiles Director of Rugby said: “We have made a couple of changes for Worcester. They are playing their first match at home so we know they will be up for it. We have a couple of significant milestones with Chris Hala’ufia playing his 100th game for the club and Andrew Fenby getting his first start on the wing. The boys are excited at the challenge and raring to go.”
London Irish team to face Worcester:
15. Topsy Ojo*; 14. Marland Yarde*; 13. Guy Armitage; 12. Eamonn Sheridan; 11. Andrew Fenby; 10. Ian Humphreys; 9. Tomás O’Leary* (Captain); 1. Matt Parr; 2. David Paice*; 3. Halani Aulika*; 4. Nic Rouse; 5. Kieran Low; 6. Jon Fisher; 7. Ofisa Treviranus*; 8. Chris Hala’ufia*
Replacements: 16. Jimmy Stevens; 17 John Yapp*; 18. Leo Halavatau; 19.Bryn Evans*; 20. Jebb Sinclair*; 21. Declan Danaher; 22. Shane Geraghty*; 23. Darren Allinson
15. Chris Pennell; 14. Josh Drauniniu; 13. Ravai Fatiaki; 12. Josh Matavesi; 11. David Lemi; 10. Ignacio Mieres; 9. Paul Hodgson; 1. Paul Andrew;
2. Ed Shervington; 3. Euan Murray; 4. Mike Williams; 5. Chris Jones; 6. Jonathan Thomas (Captain); 7. Sam Betty; 8. Semisi Taulava
16. Nick Seymour; 17. Ofa Fainga'anuku; 18. John Andress; 19. Dean Schofield; 20. Jake Abbott; 21. Jeremy Su'a; 22. Danny Gray; 23. Jon Clarke