12 October 2018
London Irish winger Topsy Ojo will equal the club appearance record when the Exiles welcome Yorkshire Carnegie to the Madejski Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
Ojo, who is also Irish’s record try-scorer, is set to pull on the green jersey for the 290th time, equalling David Paice’s haul of appearances.
Twice capped by England, the 32-year-old is now into his 15th campaign with the Exiles having signed professional forms with the club in 2003.
The milestones continue ahead of this weekend’s contest, Ollie Hoskins also getting the nod at tighthead for his 50th outing for the club. Hoskins, a try-scorer during last week’s 54-17 triumph at London Scottish, packs down alongside debutant Motu Matu’u and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi.
Barney Maddison and Sebastian De Chaves combine in the engine room, while skipper Josh McNally, Jake Schatz and Lancastrian Matt Rogerson start in the back-row.
Meanwhile, scrum-half Brendan McKibbin is handed his first start of the season and partners Stephen Myler at the heart of the backline. Bryce Campbell and Brendan Macken, both try-scorers last week, retain their place in the centres with academy products Ben Loader and Tom Parton occupying the wing and full-back berths respectively.
“Yorkshire are improving week on week and we’re in for a tough game,” said London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney.
“We’re under no illusions at the task in hand and we’re looking forward to the game. Tomorrow’s fixture also sees Topsy equalling the club appearance record, which is a fantastic achievement by him.
“He’s been a great servant for the club and his experience will be very important for us.”
London Irish: 15 Tom Parton, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Brendan Macken, 12 Bryce Campbell, 11 Ben Loader, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 2 Motu Matu’u, 3 Ollie Hoskins, 4 Barney Maddison, 5 Sebastian De Chaves, 6 Josh McNally (c), 7 Jake Schatz, 8 Matt Rogerson
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Patric Cilliers, 19 Teofilo Paulo, 20 Ofisa Treviranus, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Fergus Mulchrone
Tickets are available for the game by visiting www.lidirect.co.uk or call the ticket office on 0118 968 1016.