INTERNATIONAL WATCH: Exiles triumph on international stage

12 February 2018

London Irish loosehead prop Gordon Reid helped Scotland triumph 32-26 over France in Sunday’s NatWest 6 Nations clash at BT Murrayfield Stadium.

The Glaswegian, who made the move south of the border last summer, played just under an hour of the game as Scotland chalked up their first points of the campaign.

It was Reid’s 29th cap, with the robust front row now turning his focus to the Calcutta Cup on Saturday 24 February (kick-off 4.45pm).

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend cut a delighted figure following yesterday’s match, saying: “I’m happier than last week, that’s for sure. The effort it takes to win a Test match is huge, and when you have to do it by coming from behind for most of the game, that shows the character of the squad and the togetherness.”

Meanwhile, Lasha Lomidze played an hour of Georgia’s 47-0 victory over Belgium in the Rugby Europe Championship. Georgia’s next game in the competition is away to Germany on Saturday 17 February (kick-off 11.30am GMT).  

Finally, four London Irish academy graduates were involved for England Under-20s as they made it two wins out of two with a 37-12 victory over Wales at Newcastle’s Kingston Park.

Tom Parton and Josh Basham both started the game, while Matt Williams and Rory Brand were among the replacements. Ben Loader was a late withdrawal from the team through injury, with Gabriel Ibitoye replacing the Exiles wing.

Steve Bates’ side led by 13 points at the halfway stage thanks to tries from Ben White and debutant Cameron Redpath, as well as eight points from the boot of James Grayson.
 
Three more tries followed in the second half, courtesy of Gabriel Ibitoye, Jordan Olowofela and Aaron Hinkley on debut, to hand England their second bonus-point win in the competition, having beaten Italy last week.

Tickets for London Irish v Worcester Warriors game on Sunday 25 February (kick-off 3pm) are available from £3 for under 13s and £23 for adults by calling the Ticket Office on 0118 968 1016 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to noon) or online at www.lidirect.co.uk 

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