5 January 2018
London Irish have named their side for tomorrow’s Premiership Rugby U18 Academy League trip to Exeter Chiefs (kick-off 2pm).
While the senior set-up go toe to toe with Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, the Exiles under-18s have the chance to underline their credentials at the home of the Aviva Premiership Champions.
England Under-18 player Ben Donnell starts at blindside flanker, the promising forward having made his Exiles debut against Gloucester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup back in November.
England Under-17 representatives Fin Rossiter and Will Sinfield also get the nod at blindside flanker and fly-half respectively.
“After a very good performance against Harlequins before Christmas, we travel to Exeter with a view to seeing some exciting young players showcase their abilities again,” said academy manager Patrick O’Grady.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for these young players to experience playing at Sandy Park and we’re looking forward to another strong performance.”
London Irish: 15 Jack Jesty, 14 Dan Stoller, 13 Ciaran McGann, 12 Reuben Knight, 11 Ben Harris, 10 Will Sinfield, 9 Sam Clough, 1 Luke Green, 2 Ben Atkins, 3 Jamie Henson, 4 Chunya Munga, 5 Lee Moore, 6 Ben Donnell, 7 Fin Rossiter, 8 Josh Smart
Replacements: 16 Edward Cockman, 17 Ben Raho, 18 Jack Belcher, 19 Gwilym Bradley, 20 Toby Smith, 21 Gruffydd Williams, 22 Phil Cokanasiga, 23 Ted Drayson