London Irish announce strong line-up for Bristol match

For the first time in three months London Irish is able to select from a squad of 30 fit and available players for tomorrow’s Guinness Premiership home match with Bristol Rugby at Madejski Stadium, kick-off 3.00pm.

With three rounds of the regular Premiership season to go the Exiles want to continue their recent return to winning ways and push for a play-off place.

The 22-man squad for tomorrow’s match features 14 full internationals and the two talented Academy players, Tom Homer and Adam Thompstone, who have made such an impact in scoring terms in recent weeks. A fortnight ago, 18-year-old Homer kicked eight out of eight and 21-year-old Thompstone touched down for his fourth Premiership try of the season.

Peter Hewat has recovered from injury and is named among the replacements. Mike Catt captains the team in the absence of Bob Casey who continues to make a good recovery from his recent arm injury.

“After 19 rounds of the most competitive league season on record, it’s come down to the wire,” said Toby Booth, London Irish Head Coach. “The important thing is that we are in control of our destiny and that’s fantastic. Having put ourselves in a position where we’re within sight of our goals, we still have it all to do.

“Bristol are fighting for their lives and know exactly what their future holds. They come to Madejski Stadium on the back of a six try victory last weekend and that will breed priceless confidence, which makes them dangerous opponents. Paul Hull has them playing well which is good news for him.”

London Irish Team:

15. Delon Armitage; 14. Adam Thompstone; 13. Elvis Seveali’i; 12. Seilala Mapusua; 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau; 10. Mike Catt (captain); 9. Paul Hodgson; 1. Clarke Dermody; 2. David Paice, 3. Richard Skuse; 4. Nick Kennedy; 5. James Hudson; 6. Declan Danaher; 7. Steffon Armitage; 8. Chris Hala’Ufia.

Replacements: 16. Tonga Lea’aetoa; 17. Danie Coetzee; 18. Kieran Roche; 19. Richard Thorpe; 20. Peter Hewat; 21. Peter Richards; 22. Tom Homer.

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