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

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 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

Henry Thomas May Be Included In England’s National Rugby Union Team

The 23 years old rugby union player Henry Thomas who plays for the Bath Rugby club which is a professional rugby union club based in Bath, Somerset, is likely to return to England’s match day team and play against the Ireland team.

The venue of the match is in Dublin. Thomas usually plays as a prop but he was often excluded from the team training with the head coach of England’s national rugby union team, Stuart Lancaster. Thomas was again included in the team because one of the players of the team, Kieran Brooks who plays for the Newcastle team has injured his hip. If the 24 years old Kieran Brooks requires a lot of time to recover, then he will be unable to play in Friday’s match then it is very much likely that Henry Thomas would be taking his place.

The last time Thomas played for the England National rugby Union team was last year in the month of June in a match against New Zealand, who are also known as ‘All Blacks’. Read More

London Irish sign Scottish international Maitland

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish have confirmed the signing of Scotland international Sean Maitland from Scottish Top 12 side the Glasgow Warriors for the upcoming season.

The 26 year old is an extremely player and can play either on wing or t full back and will be a welcome addition to the Exiles squad that has been bracing itself for the departure of Tom Homer at the end of the season.

Born in New Zealand, Maitland already has 15 caps to his name for Scotland and he was also a part of the British and Irish Lions team that went on a tour of Australia in 2013. Speaking on his move to the club, Maitland said that the club has made it clear that it is striving to return of the pile both at home and in Europe and he is looking forward to being a part of the London Irish side as he chases his dream for titles. Read More

Cardiff Blues Versus London Irish In The Challenge Cup

It was 24-14 from Cardiff Blues against the London Irish. It was third win successfully by the Cardiff Blues. They clearly dominated in the second half against the London Irish. The try from the side of Blues was scored by Lloyd Williams on the 63rd minute. It was Cory Allan and Richard Smith who started off the game. In the first half both the teams were tied at 7-7.

In the first half both the teams looked puzzled doing everything wrong. After eight minutes Gareth was stuck and Anscombe made an attempt but was nailed down by the pros of Scotland. Still the London Irish kept their spirits high. There was no continuity from both the sides which was shocking from the game point of view and so as also to say that the game was not interesting in the first half. The visitors dwindled in number to 14 after the break as yellow card was shown to Jebb Sinclair.

The Blues however ensured their victory when it was five minutes left for the game to end. Last try was however given to London Irish but there was no restarting. It has been on and off from both the sides in the frequent matches that have taken place. Perseverance was seen from both the sides but the major problem was of converting the attempts to successful wins which muddled the whole situation. Common mistakes and carelessness was at the helm from both the sides in the first half.

The sides have to take a serious role if they are going to play a high intensity game as interest has to be generated from the teams and not from the spectator’s point of view if they do not play well. Nerve ending games are to be replaced with quality games.

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