Toby Booth to stay with London Irish

London Irish have announced that Head Coach, Toby Booth has extended his contract with the Club until the end of the 2012/13 season.

Booth is widely recognised as one of the top, most innovative young coaches in English rugby and stepped up from Forwards Coach to take the Head Coach reins in 2008. Since then the Club has experienced its most successful period in the professional era.

In his first season he lead the squad to its first ever Guinness Premiership final, narrowly missing out on the title when it lost by just one point to Leicester Tigers. Highlights this season include a second successive Heineken Cup qualification, the Middlesex Sevens trophy and an away victory over the current European champions, Leinster, in the Heineken Cup, remaining undefeated in the return fixture.

Toby originally joined London Irish in 2002 and played a key role in setting up the Club’s academy. He has been instrumental in its continued success and in the development of players such as Delon Armitage, Topsy Ojo and Nick Kennedy.

This quality continues to shine through as the Club’s younger players stepped up with notable first team performances this season as Irish struggled with an exceptional run of serious injuries to key players. He also was Forwards Coach of the England Saxons team that successfully defended the Barclays Churchill Cup in June 2008.

Booth said today, “I am excited about London Irish’s coaching ability, playing achievements and potential. We have raised the bar and will embrace the challenge to drive this team onto greater things.

“We have a team that is good enough to defeat anyone and we have some exciting new signings joining us to increase our competitiveness next season. We will compete hard for honours and earn our place amongst the best in this country and Europe.”

Andy Martin, London Irish’s Chief Executive said, “I am delighted that Toby has extended his contract with us, his professionalism, dedication and tenacity are second to none.

“He is an outstanding example of how London Irish has been building a first class team to secure its future both on and off the field.”

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