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.
Ben Meehan the Scrum-half, is one who is among the 11 new recruits is creating a great half-back partnership with James Marshall at the back line of Irish heart. In the center, Ciaran Hearn and Luke McLean are the new pairing, whereas full-back Tommy Bell and Alex Lewingtonwingretain their places in the team. And, Ben Ransom offers pace on the wing.
The squad has 15 players on the bench, and this includes five new signings. Moreover, Aseli Tikoirotuma has also returned, with this, the director of Exiles rugby, Nick Kennedy seems to utilize his squad full range.
Kennedy said “I was delighted to see our display opposite Harlequins in the last weekend, and I believe it should be encouraged,”.
He further added that “This stage of the team is for improving fitness and match the sharpness every week in and week out. So that, we could become ready for the season’s first game of the season and show our best game.”