London Irish have made two changes for tomorrow’s Greene King IPA Championship fixture against Nottingham Rugby at the Madejski Stadium (kick-off 3pm).
Former Nottingham player Pat Cilliers and England U20 international Tom Parton replace Ollie Hoskins and Greig Tonks at tighthead and full-back respectively. Hoskins and Tonks are both carrying knocks from last week’s 20-7 opening day victory over Ealing Trailfinders, while Tommy Bell also continues his rehabilitation following a ruptured Achilles sustained against Saracens towards the end of last season.
“We are under no illusions at the size of the task,” said London Irish director of rugby Declan Kidney.
“Nottingham lost narrowly to Bedford last weekend, so we are prepared for another tough fixture.”
The Exiles, buoyed by their triumph at Trailfinders Sports Club, will be looking to sharpen up in key areas as the campaign gathers pace.
Second-row Barney Maddison said: “There’s been a few things we’ve worked on this week as we know our performance against Ealing was by no means the greatest, but we’re happy with the way training has gone and we’re all looking forward to the visit of Nottingham.
“It will be a physical game against Nottingham, a team that is well coached and I know a few of the boys up there, so we know that we will be in for 80 minutes of tough rugby.”
London Irish: 15 Tom Parton, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Tom Stephenson, 12 Bryce Campbell, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Ben Meehan, 1 Gordon Reid, 2 Dave Porecki, 3 Patric Cilliers, 4 Barney Maddison, 5 Teofilo Paulo, 6 Josh McNally (c), 7 TJ Ioane, 8 Matt Rogerson
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Petrus Du Plessis, 19 Blair Cowan, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Ciaran Hearn
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