22 January 2016
London Irish’s record try scorer Topsy Ojo will captain the side for their final European Rugby Challenge Cup fixture against Agen in France on Saturday evening (kick-off 8 45pm).
The Exiles ran out comfortable winners when the two sides met at the Madejski Stadium in November and will need to replicate that performance if they are to keep their hopes of quarter final qualification alive.
Tom Smallbone, Tom Cruse and Leo Halavatau all start together in the front row with Ollie Curry and David Sisi partnering in the second row. Luke Narraway, Conor Gilsenan and Tom Guest are named in the back row.
Scott Steele and Shane Gergahty are the half backs with Dominic Waldouck and Fergus Mulchrone in the centre. Ojo is joined in the back three by Tom Fowlie and Theo Brophy Clews.
London Irish Head Coach, Tom Coventry said: “We were disappointed not to get the win last weekend, so tomorrow’s match against Agen gives the players an opportunity to finish the group stages strongly. There is still a slim chance of quarter final qualification so we will need to put in a performance to give ourselves every chance and hope other results go our way.”
London Irish Team to play Agen:
15. Theo Brophy Clews; 14. Topsy Ojo (Captain)*; 13. Fergus Mulchrone; 12. Dominic Waldouck; 11. Tom Fowlie; 10. Shane Geraghty*; 9. Scott Steele; 1. Tom Smallbone; 2. Tom Cruse; 3. Leo Halavatau; 4. Ollie Curry; 5. David Sisi; 6. Luke Narraway*; 7. Conor Gilsenan; 8. Tom Guest
Replacements: 16. Gerard Ellis; 17. Johnny Harris; 18.Halani Aulika; 19. Rob McCusker*; 20. Matt Symons; 21. Darren Allinson; 22. Conor Murphy; 23. Alex Lewington