London Irish ready to go on attack

London Irish has announced an attacking line-up for its Guinness Premiership home match with Worcester Warriors at Madejski Stadium on Sunday (kick-off 1.00pm).

With five rounds of Premiership matches to go, three of them at home, the Exiles are confident the 22-man squad can add to the 35 tries scored in the Premiership this season to date as the club pushes for a top four finish.

Tom Homer replaces the injured Shane Geraghty at full back in the only change to the back line that started at Adams Park last weekend. Among the forwards Danie Coetzee and Richard Skuse start alongside Clarke Dermody in the front row. Richard Thorpe joins Declan Danaher and Chris Hala’Ufia in the back row.

Kieran Roche makes a welcome return from injury among the replacements where he is joined by Steffon Armitage who was released from the England EPS on Wednesday. Mike Catt captains the team.

“When we played Worcester in the EDF Energy Cup last October we experienced at first hand what a big physical team they are,” said Toby Booth, London Irish Head Coach.

“They arrive at Madejski Stadium on Sunday afternoon buoyed by their recent win over Wasps. That victory made them safe from the threat of relegation which means they can enjoy their rugby. Mike Ruddock’s teams like to play with ball in hand and they have the players to do so. We are expecting another entertaining and competitive match.”

Team:15. Tom Homer; 14. Adam Thompstone; 13. Elvis Seveali’i; 12. Seilala Mapusua; 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau; 10. Mike Catt (captain); 9. Paul Hodgson; 1. Clarke Dermody; 2. Danie Coetzee, 3. Richard Skuse; 4. James Hudson; 5. Gary Johnson; 6. Richard Thorpe; 7. Declan Danaher; 8. Chris Hala’Ufia.

Replacements:16. Tonga Lea’aetoa; 17. James Buckland; 18. Kieran Roche; 19. Jonathon Fisher; 20. Steffon Armitage; 21. Peter Richards; 22. Eoghan Hickey.

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