IT WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR ME – GREIG TONKS

Scotland triumphed over Australia in their last game and it was jubilation.


However, the feeling of victory did not last long for the players.

After a relaxed night in the Coogee suburb of Sydney, the Scottish squad were up and on an eight hour flight and a bus trek to Suva in Fiji. They sure will be getting ready to play again.

Since their victory over Australia, they have lost more players, especially with Finn Russell and Alan Dell heading off to the Lions, and Alex Dunbar away on holidays.

GreigTonks is one player who has been raring to get back out in the field. At the weekend, he played full back but he features regularly on the fly half slot.

His seventh game so far saw him break his scoring duck as he slotted home a long-range penalty in no more than two minutes into the match.

For Tonks, his being included in the team list is a miracle, since after his last involvement with a Scotland squad almost two years ago. Read More

London Irish In Reading 2017-18

London Irish will continue to play in Reading 2017-18 season regardless of whether they gain or miss the championship promotion.


As per the chief executive, the Exiles will ground share in the new stadium planned at Brentford FC. The Madejski Stadium is all set to make the ground look like the home ground of Irish till the time the Lionel Road site is not ready in Brentford. It will be mostly likely completed by August 2019. It is not easy to rent a stadium for Reading FC. They have to consider it from the commercial point of view. The management would generate more revenue to compete, especially considering the way rugby is heading at the moment. The only way to do so is to get more seats accumulated and have the best deal with the management of the stadium.

London Irish are in contract to play until 2025 to 26 at the Madejski Stadium. Bob Casey said that they are very clear with the supporters to explore best possible options and have the skills to play in London that has been their routes. The team is discussing with Brentford. Read More

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME BETWEEN LONDON IRISH AND JERSEY REDS ENDS 42-29

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

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 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.

Rugby League star to join Yorkshire Carnegie

Kevin Sinfield, the skipper of the rugby league club the Leeds Rhinos is all set to swicth codes this summer and join the Rugby Football Union Championship club the Yorkshire Carnegie at the end of this season.

The 34 year old, a former England skipper in the rugby league, has put pen to paper on an 18 month contract with Bryan Redpath’s side. Sinfield, who was made captain of the Leeds Rhinos in 2002 at just 22 years of age, hailed the time he had spent at the club but said that it was time to move on to a fresh challenge before he hung up his boots.

He said that his entire adult life has been spent at the Leeds Rhinos and he remains grateful for the support he has received from the club for the last two decades. He mentioned that leaving the Rhinos was one of the toughest decisions that he has had to take in his life but he believes now is the right time to finish his career in the rugby league and embark on a new challenge with the Yorkshire Carnegie.

According to Sinfield, he never wanted to play against the Rhinos and as for rugby union, he always had a healthy respect for the code and he believes that he will be able to excel in that code as well. He mentioned that he is extremely fortunate that such an opportunity exists for him as a professional and he wanted to grab it with both hands. Read More

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