Sebastian De Chaves will make his 50th appearance for London Irish in this Sunday’s Greene King IPA Championship clash with London Scottish at the Athletic Ground (kick-off 3pm, live on Sky Sports Action).
De Chaves, 27, who joined Irish ahead of the 2016/17 season, gets the nod in the second-row alongside skipper Josh McNally as the Exiles look to extend their winning run to five from five.
De Chaves’ fellow compatriot Patric Cilliers packs down at tighthead, while there are also starts for Saia Fainga’a and Matt Rogerson at hooker and No. 8 respectively.
Meanwhile, England U20 winger Ben Loader will be keen to take his opportunity following a delayed pre-season due to his international commitments, with Ben Meehan also returning to the fray at scrum-half.
“London Scottish had a big win at Bedford last week and against Jersey the previous week, so we are expecting a tough challenge this weekend,” said Exiles director of rugby Declan Kidney.
London Irish: 15 Tom Parton, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Brendan Macken, 12 Bryce Campbell, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Ben Meehan, 1 Gordon Reid, 2 Saia Fainga’a , 3 Patric Cilliers , 4 Josh McNally (c), 5 Sebastian De Chaves, 6 Jake Schatz, 7 Blair Cowan, 8 Matt Rogerson
Replacements: 16 Dave Porecki, 17 Danny Hobbs- Awoyemi , 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Barney Maddison, 20 Ofisa Treviranus , 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Fergus Mulchrone