25 January 2019
London Irish have named the team to take on Jersey Reds in Sunday’s Round 13 Greene King IPA Championship clash at the Madejski Stadium (kick-off 1.45pm).
Scottish international Gordon Reid and try-scoring Ollie Hoskins retain their places at loosehead and tighthead prop respectively, with the tenacious Dave Porecki at hooker.
South African talisman Franco van der Merwe partners Josh McNally in the second row, with McNally captaining the Exiles from the 5 jersey.
Jake Schatz and Conor Gilsenan continue their partnership from either side of the scrum, whilst Matt Rogerson faces his former club from number 8.
Ben Meehan is given the nod at scrum-half and partners London Irish Academy graduate Jacob Atkins, who starts at fly-half.
A stand-out performance from Terrence Hepetema against Nottingham ensures the New Zealander retains his position at inside centre and is joined by the explosive Tom Stephenson at 13.
Italian international Luke McLean and former England U20 international Matt Williams form a dynamic duo on the wings, with Fijian international Alivereti Veitokani set to make his second appearance for the Exiles at full-back.
London Irish: 15 Alivereti Veitokani, 14 Matt Williams, 13 Tom Stephenson, 12 Terrence Hepetema, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Jacob Atkins, 9 Ben Meehan, 1 Gordon Reid, 2 Dave Porecki, 3 Ollie Hoskins, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 5 Josh McNally ©, 6 Jake Schatz, 7 Conor Gilsenan, 8 Matt Rogerson.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Patric Cilliers, 19 Teofilo Paulo, 20 Albert Tuisue, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Brendan Macken.
Tickets are still available from ticketing.londonirish.net or by calling the ticket office on 0118 968 1016.