London Irish will this week welcome back Geoff Cross, Kieran Low, Blair Cowan, Jebb Sinclair and Ofisa Treviranus to their starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership clash with Gloucester on Sunday at Madejski Stadium (kick-off 1pm).
All have returned from Autumn International duty with their respective nations to add more steel to the Irish pack.
Tom Court, David Paice and Geoff Cross make up the front row with George Skivington and Kieran Low in the second row. Jebb Sinclair, Blair Cowan and Ofisa Treviranus form the back row.
Chris Noakes and Scott Steele form the half back pairing with Shane Geraghty and Fergus Mulchrone in the centre. James Short, Alex Lewington and Tom Homer, who returns from injury, make up the back three.
London Irish Director of Rugby, Brian Smith said: “It’s good to have the six International boys back. They’ve added energy to the group and will reinforce the pack. Gloucester are a quality side with big ambitions. They’ve invested heavily in their coaching team and squad. We are looking forward to the battle and the chance to play in front of our supporters. For us this weekend is all about getting the result.”
London Irish team to play Gloucester Rugby:
15. Tom Homer; 14. Alex Lewington; 13. Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Shane Geraghty*; 11. James Short; 10. Chris Noakes; 9. Scott Steele; 1. Tom Court*; 2. David Paice*; 3. Geoff Cross*; 4. George Skivington (Captain); 5. Kieran Low*; 6. Jebb Sinclair*; 7. Blair Cowan*; 8. Ofisa Treviranus*
Replacements: 16. Tom Woolstencroft; 17. Leo Halavatau; 18. Halani Aulika*; 19. Dan Leo*; 20. Conor Gilsenan; 21. Darren Allinson; 22. Eoin Griffin; 23. Topsy Ojo
Tom Woolstencroft has joined London Irish on a short term loan as injury cover in the hooker position. This is due to injuries to Gerard Ellis, Jimmy Stevens and Mike Mayhew who are all currently unavailable.