Brian Smith, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish is increasingly confident his side will have plenty of strength in depth next season and this will give them a much better chance of challenging for top honors.
The Exiles boss stated that they have put in a lot of resources into the forward pack. He added that the scouting team worked tirelessly to identify raw talent all over the world and mentioned that the team is not too far away. He went on to admit that club still hopes to tie down a couple of more signings before the start of the new season and they are pretty close to giving confirmation of the signings in the coming weeks.
The London Irish have already completed the signings of Tom Guest from Harlequins FC, Luke Narraway and Dan Leo from Perpignan, Tom Court from Ulster, Geoff Cross and Sean Cox from Edinburgh Rugby as well as Conor Gilsenan from Leinster.
With several players coming in, the Exiles have already allowed Ian Gough to link up with the Newport Gwent Dragons and Declan Danaher has already called time on his career.
According to Smith, the team will be functioning with 38 senior professionals and a couple of youngsters will be sent out on loan and they are expected to play in the Rugby Football Union or RFU Championship next season. He added that with the number up from the last two seasons, they will have a far better chance of competing for silverware next season.
London Irish are also losing Marland Yarde to Harlequins FC and James O’Connor will sign for Toulon and with Ian Humphreys set to move to Ulster, a fly half will also be a priority for the club in the new season.