22 March 2019
Dave Porecki is set to make his 50th appearance and there is a welcome return from injury for Ben Meehan as London Irish name a strong outfit for the St Patrick’s Party fixture against Doncaster Knights in Round 18 of the Greene King IPA Championship.
Fresh from Scotland’s Six Nations exploits against England, Gordon Reid starts in the number 1 jersey with the in-form Ollie Hoskins starting at tighthead prop. Dave Porecki is set to make his 50th appearance for the club and will be looking to add to his impressive try tally for the 2018/19 campaign.
Franco van der Merwe and Josh McNally continue their partnership in the second row, with McNally captaining the team.
Fijian international Albert Tuisue and Samoan international TJ Ioane combine to create explosive options from blindside and openside flanker respectively. Matt Rogerson starts from number 8, tasting his first St Patrick’s Party fixture in an Exiles jersey.
Scrum-half Ben Meehan returns from injury and links up with Ireland international Ian Keatley, who starts at fly-half.
Terrence Hepetema and Tom Stephenson renew their determined partnership in the centres.
The experienced Luke McLean and speedster Ben Loader start on the wings, with Fiji Sportsman of the Year Alivereti Veitokani completing the backline at full-back.
London Irish: 15 Alivereti Veitokani, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Tom Stephenson, 12 Terrence Hepetema, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Ian Keatley, 9 Ben Meehan, 1 Gordon Reid, 2 Dave Porecki, 3 Ollie Hoskins, 4 Franco van der Merwe, 5 Josh McNally ©, 6 Albert Tuisue, 7 TJ Ioane, 8 Matt Rogerson.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Lovejoy Chawatama, 18 Barney Maddison, 19 Jake Schatz, 20 Scott Steele, 21 Jacob Atkins, 22 Brendan Macken.
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