Casey returns to lead Exiles vs Bath

London Irish Club captain, Bob Casey returns to lead the London Irish team for tomorrow’s Guinness Premiership match with Bath Rugby at the Recreation Ground (kick-off 2.15pm).

The Ireland international captained Ireland A to victory over Scotland A last weekend. Casey is partnered in the second row by James Hudson who returns to the club where he started his Premiership career.

The Exiles are also boosted by the return of Steffon Armitage, Shane Geraghty and Paul Hodgson from England EPS duty, the three come into the stating line-up at openside flanker, fly half and scrum half respectively.

Among the other players returning from England duty, in this case with the Under 20 team, is Tom Homer, “man of the match” in England’s win over Wales Under 20 last weekend; he starts at full back in place of the injured Peter Hewat.

In the pack Alex Corbisiero, who signed his first, senior professional contract with London Irish earlier this week, starts at tight head prop alongside James Buckland at hooker and All Black, Clarke Dermody at loose head.

“The Recreation Ground is a difficult place to go to get some points in the Guinness Premiership,” said Toby Booth, London Irish Head Coach.

“Bath are a strong team that are going well. The good thing about them is that they like to play with ball in hand the way that we do so the match should provide a good spectacle. We’re going there full of confidence and looking to perform well.”

London Irish Team:
15. Tom Homer; 14. Topsy Ojo*; 13. Elvis Seveali’i*; 12. Seilala Mapusua*; 11. Adam Thompstone; 10. Shane Geraghty*; 9. Paul Hodgson*; 1. Clarke Dermody*; 2. James Buckland, 3. Alex Corbisiero; 4. James Hudson; 5. Bob Casey* (captain); 6. Richard Thorpe; 7. Steffon Armitage*; 8. Chris Hala’Ufia*.

Replacements: 16. Tonga Lea’aetoa*; 17. Danie Coetzee*; 18. Gary Johnson; 19. Declan Danaher; 20. Peter Richards*; 21. Alfredo Lalanne*; 22. Eoghan Hickey.
* Denotes international
Head Coach: Toby Booth; Attack Coach: Mike Catt.

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