Three London Irish academy products have turned out for their dual registered clubs of late.
Tom Parton (Henley), Jacob Atkins (Redingensians RFC) and Jack Cooke (London Irish Wild Geese) all benefited from game time as they continue their development with the Exiles under the management team spearheaded by Director of Rugby Nick Kennedy.
Skills coach Paul Hodgson gives his verdict on the trio:
“Tom Parton started for Henley at fly-half against a strong Clifton side. His organisation was impressive and he got Henley’s attack going nicely to put them on the front foot.
“He has been working on his kicking restarts which is starting to pay off as they were all going into the area of the pitch they need to be.
“Even though Henley lost the game, Tom made some important kicks at goal.
“Jacob Atkins put in an impressive defensive display, starting for Redingensians RFC against Cinderford. His ability to read the game is improving, which is pleasing for me.
“He too put in a good kicking display, recording six out of seven kicks on the day, including some very impressive efforts from the touchline.
“Finally, Jack Cooke gained valuable game time off of the bench for the London Irish Wild Geese against Bishop’s Stortford as he continues his rugby education.”
The Exiles’ next home game is against Jersey Reds on Sunday 27th November (kick-off 2pm) with tickets available by calling 0118 968 1016 or click here.
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