Nottingham Rugby coach Ian Costello condemned the performance of the team as they were embarrassed 60-14 at London Irish over the weekend.

Costello labelled the performance embarrassing and one of the worst of the season. He admitted that Irish has quality but added that he expected more from the team.

“They are an excellent side and they played really well but it strongly concerns me when it comes to us. It’s our worst performance by a mile. Our performance was embarrassing. You almost feel like apologising for it,” Costello said.

The Championship leaders continued their excellent form, winning 14 out of 14. Costello admitted that the log leaders dominated them in every part of the game, adding that it remained “the lowest point of our season [till] date.” Read More


Guy Armitage former back for London Irish opened his Jersey account just three minutes into the London Irish – Jersey Reds game played at the Madejski Stadium.

Armitage, who was debuting for Jersey Reds for the first time, got the opening try, while replies for Irish were made by David Paice and Richard Palframan via scores from mauls.

Ben Ransom, Tom Fowlie and Paice, once again, all touched down for the hosts after the half time break.

Tries by Marc Tomas, George Watkins and Nick Haining were enough to ensure a bonus point for the Jersey Reds.

With barely enough recognized backs to take on a proper side, the Reds had gone into the first meeting between the two clubs, handing a debut to Armitage who had joined the club on loan sometime this week.

Running through for the opener, after a quick tap penalty handled by scrum-half Sami Fasilau, he got through to kick-start his try-scoring with Jersey within three minutes of the game. Read More

Hodgson Praises Pirates

The London Irish skills coach Paul Hodgson was all praise for the determination put up by the Cornish Pirates against the Irish side.Theyhad a hard fought victory and won the rugby clash at Penzance with a score of 35-24.In the process, the Irish team earned a bonus point victory.

The Exiles are in top form of late and has moved to the top of the table with a 7 point gap over second placed Yorkshire Carnegie. Benn Franks, the All Blacks World Cup winner and Exiles skipper, was the player of the game and secured maximum points after completing five tries. Read More

Paice’s 250th Appearance

In the modern era, rugby players hardly stick to a single club for a long time. They change clubs every once in a while. So, it’s really refreshing to see someone like David Paice, who is known for his ‘one-club man’ policy.

And David is all set for his 250th appearance for London Irish. That’s not a small number. Having appeared in 250 competitive games for a single club is a rarity these days. His 250th appearance will be against London Welsh. Ever since, he’s moved to England from Australia, this foreigner stuck to London Irish. He never tried to move to another club. Read More

Redrow Extends London Irish Sponsorship

Redrow, one of the leading residential property developers in the UK, has confirmed that it will be extending its commercial partnership with the London Irish Rugby club for the 2016-17 season.

This is great news for everyone involved with the club. The company has a turnover of 1.38 billion pounds in the last financial year. They are happy to have extended the commercial contract with London Irish as they strongly believe in the team and its management.

This renewed partnership with London Irish will give them freedom to brand their company in all the home matches. They can have their branding on all the player appearances as well as the community programs that the club participates. Read More

London Irish Will Try And Relegate For The Premiership

Tom Coventry, the boss of London Irish, vowed that he would fight the relegation of the Exiles at the Premiership.

The director stated that he would help the club to gain back top position in the continent. The club being relegated from Aviva Premiership has not deterred Tom Coventry. Being the director of rugby for London Irish, he states that he wishes to continue as boss for the club even though it has been ousted from Premiership. Read More

London Irish To Share Ground

London Irish, the Championship rugby club, has given application to share a Brentford FC’s new stadium. The new stadium is all set to be inaugurated at Lionel Road. When did they come up with this move? They started early discussions last month with Hounslow Borough.

Brentford is moving ahead with the plan to build a new home ground with 20,000 capacities. They hope that the stadium will be ready by 2019-2020 season. If everything goes according to the plan, they will be able to move to the new stadium as per the schedule. Read More

London Irish And Halani Aulika

Halani Aulika would be opting for Sale Sharks in the forthcoming summer season. Halani is known as the Tonga prop who will be leaving the London Irish this summer.

He has spent about four years with the club. Being 32 years of age, he has confirmed that he would be departing from this team. This came after the club was relegated from being part of the Aviva Premiership league. The club which is based in Reading will surely have to find a suitable player to take his place.

Meanwhile Sale boss is happy with having him over. Steve Diamonds, the boss of Sale Sharks admitted that he was glad that he got the opportunity to sign on this tight head of 6 ft 3 in and weighing 120 kg.

He stated that he had been watching the performance of Aulika during this season. Hence, when Halani’s agent got in touch with him, he agreed to the transfer promptly. Steve feels that Halani is all over the pitch and takes on the role of a scrummager. He is confident that Halani will prove to be a good asset for the coming season and hopefully more of them.

There are several moments which stand out in favor of Aulika. For instance, he played admirably well in the game against Worcester. There are pictures of Nick Schonert tackling Aulika. For the first time London Irish will be dropped out of the top tournament of English rugby. It is definitely a first for the team since 1994. The team however has stage matches to play. They would be doing so at the Madejski stadium at Reading. They would be biding their time as they wait to get their position back in the Premiership games and utilize the time to improve their performance on the field.

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