Exiles named for visit of Leicester Tigers

London Irish have made one change from the side that played Wasps last weekend for the visit of Leicester Tigers for round 15 of the Aviva Premiership at Madejski Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 1pm).

Darren Allinson will start at scrum half in place of Tomás O’Leary where he will partner Ian Humphreys. Marland Yarde has recovered from injury and is named among the replacements along with Sean Kennedy whose loan deal from Edinburgh is extended.

Matt Parr, David Paice and Jamie Hagan make up the front row with George Skivington and Nic Rouse in the second row. Kieran Low and Blair Cowan will play alongside Ofisa Treviranus in the back row.

Darren Allinson and Ian Humphreys will start at half back with Shane Geraghty and Eamonn Sheridan in the centre. Andrew Fenby, Alex Lewington and James O’Connor make up the back three for the third consecutive week.

London Irish Director of Rugby, Brian Smith said: “We have produced two very good displays on the road in recent weeks, but they will count for nothing if we cannot back it up again on Sunday. Leicester are a great side and will be formidable opponents, however we are back at home in front of our supporters and want to put in another good performance on Sunday.”

London Irish team to face Leicester Tigers:

15. James O’Connor*; 14. Alex Lewington; 13.Eamonn Sheridan; 12.Shane Geraghty*; 11. Andrew Fenby; 10. Ian Humphreys; 9. Darren Allinson; 1. Matt Parr; 2. David Paice*; 3. Jamie Hagan*; 4. George Skivington (Captain); 5. Nic Rouse; 6. Kieran Low*; 7. Blair Cowan; 8. Ofisa Treviranus*

Replacements: 16. Jimmy Stevens; 17. John Yapp*; 18. Leo Halavatau; 19. Jebb Sinclair*; 20. Gerard Ellis; 21. Topsy Ojo*; 22. Marland Yarde*; 23. Sean Kennedy

*Denotes International

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