Double U20s World Champion Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi is no stranger to the Championship after a previous loan stint from Northampton Saints to Moseley, but he insists it’s a much different experience this time.
“Last time out I was only at Moseley part-time, a couple of times a week, playing the odd game here and there,” said Hobbs-Awoyemi.
“This time I have got to experience the league in its entirety and it’s as competitive as I remember it being.”
Hobbs-Awoyemi, 22, arrived at London Irish in the summer from Northampton Saints and the prop is loving the atmosphere at the club.
“It’s a great environment to be in at the moment, at the start of the season we started from scratch and that has created a positive dynamic.
“Starting afresh allows you to go back to basics and you can see that paying off now,” he said.
Hobbs-Awoyemi was speaking on the back of his return from injury in the victory against Nottingham.
“Firstly I can’t thank the London Irish Medical Team and the Strength and Conditioning Coaches enough for getting me back fit,” said Hobbs-Awoyemi after undergoing shoulder surgery earlier in the season.
“I’ve come back a lot stronger and have used the time to work on my core, which will hopefully help me around the pitch.”
The dynamic prop got 20 minutes of game time off the bench against Nottingham and said there is no better feeling than game day.
“I am very excited to be back now to kick on and contribute to the remaining games of the season,” he added.
“It was a great atmosphere last time out and I expect much of the same on Saturday. Especially when you can hear the drums, I’m pretty sure I even heard a trumpet in there too!”
“Our fans are crucial to our performances and their support is greatly appreciated home and away.
“Their passion makes us want to perform for them on the pitch and do them proud.”
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