This weekend sees a string of London Irish talent heading back to their respective dual registered clubs.

Rory Brand (Rosslyn Park), Tom Parton (Henley RFC), Jack Cooke (Wild Geese), and Jacob Atkins (Redingensians RFC) are all set to benefit from valuable game time as they continue their rugby education with the Exiles under the watchful eye of the management team, spearheaded by Director of Rugby Nick Kennedy.

Skills Coach Paul Hodgson gives his take on the quartet’s progress.

Hodgson’s verdict: “All four players have done themselves proud in the last couple of weeks, with good performances in the British and Irish Cup.

“Their exposure to top level rugby will undoubtedly have aided their development with us and we are very much looking forward to seeing more from them.

“They know that it’s important that they continue to improve their game and we as coaches will continue to set them new targets.

“Last weekend against Connacht Eagles we fielded nine Academy products, all of whom performed with maturity and took their opportunity to shine.

“It just shows that if players are good enough, then they will get their chance to have minutes on the pitch. Joe Cokanasiga played extremely well on the wing and Tom Parton looked good with ball in hand at full-back, while Matt Williams, Conor Murphy and Jack Cooke all did well.”

The Exiles’ next home game is against Yorkshire Carnegie on Saturday 5th November (kick-off 3pm) with tickets available by calling 0118 968 1016 or click here.

Adult tickets start at just £18 and £7 concessions, with kids just £1.

Hospitality packages are still available for this fixture, starting at just £36 +vat per person. For more information or to buy a package please email [email protected] or call 01932 750 113.

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