Ben Franks To Move To Northampton From London Irish

Ben Franks from London Irish joins the upcoming season with Northampton Saints. Ben Franks had been with the New Zealand All Blacks team before where he debuted in the year 2008. He is known for his scrum playing abilities that he has developed as an expert. He can play on either side and is 33 years of age. He has won about 47 caps when he was playing for New Zealand and had been part of the winning squad that brought in the trophies in 2011 as well as 2015.

He states that joining Saints has been an exciting opportunity that has come along for him. Northampton on the other hand, has had a campaign of late that has comprised of several defeats. As a result they are now in the 10th position in the Premiership rankings. There are five matches left to be played that would further decide the fate of the club. Several changes are being done by the club and one of them is picking up talent to infuse new blood into the team. London Irish itself is also trying to turn around their performances, but they do have some talented players who are also looking for better playing opportunities.
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London Irish Squad Name Declared

For clash of the pre-season on Friday, London Irish has named a squad of 30-man with Ealing Trailfinders at Hazelwood. The match will start at 7.30pm.

The ten changes have been made by the Exiles in the starting team opposite Harlequins, as a part of the preparations of the beginning of the season at the London Double Header (LDH) gathers pace.

Gordon Reid, the Scotland international and Ben Franks of All Black (double World Cup-winner) get the nod at tight head and loose head respectively with the hooker Dave Porecki.

Will Lloyd second row get his opportunity to shine from the beginning, partnering players of last season ‘Player of the Year’ Sebastian De Chaves.

On the other hand, Conor Gilsenan begins at openside flanker along with fellow Mike Comanback rows and Ofisa Treviranus. Read More


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


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

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.

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