Bob Casey returns to lead London Irish

Bob Casey will lead London Irish in its final match of the regular Guinness Premiership rugby season against Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium tomorrow (25th April), kick-off 3.00pm.


The return of the Exiles’ club captain, who has recovered earlier than expected from the arm injury he sustained in the away match with Bath on 21st February, is a major boost for the team ahead of tomorrow’s important encounter. London Irish needs two points at Sixways to guarantee a place in the Top 4 for the first time since the 2005-06 season.


Casey is reunited with Nick Kennedy in the second row of an Exiles’ pack that has two other changes to the one that started against Northampton last Saturday.

 

Danie Coetzee starts in place of the injured David Paice at hooker and Declan Danaher takes over at blind side flanker from Richard Thorpe who is named among the replacements.

Among the backs Delon Armitage moves to fullback with Peter Richards coming in at outside centre.


“Worcester will want to carry the momentum of Tuesday’s win over Gloucester into their semi-final in the European Challenge Cup next weekend given that their Guinness Premiership season is effectively over,” said London Irish Head Coach, Toby Booth.


“Having said that, the Warriors always provide stiff opposition at home so we know we’re in for another competitive match.


“After 21 rounds of the Premiership we’re still in control of our destiny and will be going all out to achieve a top four finish,” Booth concluded.


Exiles Team:
15. Delon Armitage; 14. Adam Thompstone; 13. Peter Richards; 12. Seilala Mapusua; 11. Sailosi Tagickibau; 10. Peter Hewat; 9. Paul Hodgson; 1. Clarke Dermody; 2. Danie Coetzee, 3. Richard Skuse; 4. Nick Kennedy; 5. Bob Casey (captain); 6. Declan Danaher; 7. Steffon Armitage; 8. Chris Hala’Ufia.


Replacements:
16. Alex Corbisiero; 17. James Buckland; 18. Gary Johnson; 19. James Hudson; 20. Richard Thorpe; 21. Topsy Ojo; 22. Mike Catt.

 

Rugbyweek.com

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