7 November 2014
Senior Academy player Ollie Curry has been handed his senior starting debut for London Irish this weekend when the squad travel to Adams Park to face Wasps in the LV= Cup.
Curry, who came off the bench for his debut last weekend, is joined by Conor Gilsenan and Jimmy Stevens in the back row.
The second row partnership of Dave Lyons and Kieran Low remains and Matt Parr, Mike Mayhew and Leo Halavatau pack down in the front row.
Darren Allinson starts at scrum-half with Myles Dorrian at ten in an unchanged half-back partnership. Eoin Griffin is joined by Guy Armitage in the centre with Tom Fowlie and Cam Cowell on the wings.
Cam Cowell is the second senior Academy player in the starting line-up, keeping his shirt following an impressive debut last week. Topsy Ojo captains the side from full-back.
Tom Smallbone, Ross Neal and Connor Murphy from the senior Academy are on the bench, hoping to build on their senior debuts last week, alongside fellow senior Academy member Theo Vukasinovic. Toby Salmon, who joins on a short term loan, is also among the replacements.
London Irish Director of Rugby Brian Smith said: “Sunday’s game with Wasps offers another chance to rotate our squad and continue to develop our Academy players and coaches. I thought all the Academy players performed well last weekend and they will get another chance to impress on Sunday. Finally we would like to wish our five international players Dan, Ofisa, Jebb, Geoff and Blair the best of luck for their respective nations over the weekend.”
London Irish team to play Wasps:
15. Topsy Ojo (Captain)*; 14. Cameron Cowell; 13. Guy Armitage; 12. Eoin Griffin; 11. Tom Fowlie; 10. Myles Dorrian; 9. Darren Allinson; 1. Matt Parr; 2. Mike Mayhew; 3. Leo Halavatau; 4. Kieran Low*; 5. Dave Lyons; 6. Ollie Curry; 7. Jimmy Stevens; 8. Conor Gilsenan
Replacements: 16. Richard Palframan; 17. Tom Smallbone; 18. Jamie Hagan*; 19. Toby Salmon; 20. Theo Vukasinovic; 21. Connor Murphy; 22. Ross Neal; 23. James Short