Reid Feeling Happy Being With London Irish

The loosehead prop of Scotland Gordon Reid admits that moving away Glasgow Warriors was a big decision; however he is getting stuck into training of pre-season with the new club London Irish, although in the Aviva Premiership, he is all ready to test himself.


When Gordon was holding two jobs that is, training and playing rugby for the top-flight club with Ayr in late 2010, coming back to the Warriors was nowhere in his mind. Nevertheless, his consistent and good performances by the men of Millbrae helped him to earn a contract of part-time with the professional team and his debut came in the year 2011, against the Ospreys.
For the Scotstoun outfit, he went on to make over 100 appearances and the result of same is; now he has 27 caps for his nation. This is also the result of his consistent play in the club’s No 1 jersey.

Though, each player at some point needs a change, though the favorite of and fans Reid was interested to ponder up new options as his spell of Warriors ended. Reid explored a multiple opportunities, and this also included the possibility of going to France, but finally he settled to London Irish.

After moving to south, in his first interview, Reid said, “I had to ensure that move that I have made now and earlier and will make in future will remain right for my family. This is the reason, I take my time can say enough time exploring up the options and doing all my research.,” He further added that, “When interest was shown by London Irish I made sure, this is the place that I was looking for and I talk to the guys over the phone and made my decision to join it, absolutely no confusion.”

O’CONNOR SIGNS THREE YEAR DEAL WITH SALE SHARKS

Former Wallaby player, James O’Connor has now signed a new contract with English Club, Sale Sharks in a move from Toulon.


The new contract will last for three years.

O’Connor had previously said that he was keen to resume his international career with Australia and push for a Wallabies berth ahead of the 2019 World Cup holding in Japan.

However, he seems to have relegated that dream to the background and now resigned to plying his trade in Europe.

The 26 year old who had featured for Toulon since 2015 did not quite have a rosy time there. In February, he was involved in a cocaine bust in Paris, a case which left a big smear to his name.
It also opened up his move away from the club as the owner of the French giants

MouradBoudjellalstated that he was not likely to renew his contract.

Sharks confirmed the signing through Steve Diamond, Sharks Director of Rugby who noted that O’Connor was a world class player and would be a great addition to the team.

“He is a world class, versatile back that will add a lot to our game,” Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond told salesharks.com.

“He is the type of player that alongside a group of incredibly talented home grown lads, will help us as a club to push on and achieve the vision of our owners Simon Orange and Ged Mason.” he added.

O’Connor has previously featured for London Irish in the English Premiership and has also had Super Rugby stints with clubs like Queensland, Western Force and Melbourne.
The co-owner of the club, Simon Orange also stated that they were excited to have the player in the club and hopes he can bring the sparkle the team has been on the lookout for.

Casey Will Leave London Irish

The Chief Executive of London Irish rugby Bob Casey has resigned from his position and this summer he will leave the club to return home to Ireland.


The big announcement has been made by the London Irish club itself recently.
Casey is a distinguished personality in the field of Rugby and he has a lot for the club. His contribution for the development of the game between the year 2002 and 2012 is commendable. It was the period, which was considered as the best and most successful period for the London Irish to date in the Europe and Premiership.

After the retirement from the game Casey joined the Powerday PLC Company, as their senior business development manager and after two years, he came back to the world of rugby by joining the London Irish club as Operations Director in 2014. In 2015, he was appointed the Chief Executive of the club.

Chairman of London Irish Frank McCartney MVO while announcing this news said, “I am very sure that people connected with the London Irish club will be disappointed to hear the news that Casey is leaving the club. He has made a big contribution to the club both as a chief executive and as a player over the past 15 years. After re-joining the club in the year 2014, Casey re-invigorated our Academy, overseen the move to excellence at Hazelwood and the rugby program. He also helped to secure a new stadium in London. He had also laid the foundations for the return of London Irish to the Aviva Premiership.”

Bob Casey said on the occasion, “This is the right time for me to leave the club. I have set the path of London Irish for future success. Now, it is the time to go back home and give time to my family.”

London Irish Win Over Jerseys

The London Irish team is at a high after the win, they obtained against Jersey Reds.


The score of the game was 42 against 29 which showed the wide gap in performance between the two teams. This win made up a total of ten wins for London Irish. As a result, the team had bounced back and is on the Premiership listings.

The game that took place last weekend was an interesting one as Guy Armitage from the London Irish team played for Jersey Reds.
The game took place at the Madejski stadium. As a debutante Guy Armitage made an opening attempt in the game which was interesting as he had to face his home club members, being only on a loan to Jersey Reds for the time being. The Irish team, however, was on a roll that day.

Richard Palframan and David Paice started to score straight from the mauls. The Reds went into a meeting with their opposition without enough of back players on their side. Armitage did run for the opening, but was unable to score enough to make a difference. Fowlie and Ransom played well for the Irish team, but the Reds were able to be successful as well in the first half of the game. Jersey Reds made a bonus point before they surrendered.

With all such actions, the game was definitely worth watching for the fans. The stadium was full and there was much excitement in the air. With a large score difference, it was evident who would win in the second half of the game. London Irish is looking to end the season of 2016 on a high as they are back in the Premiership listings. It remains to be seen how they play the endgames of the season as well.

LONDON IRISH CENTRE, WILLIAMS RETURNS TO STARTING XV

Johnny Williams, centre for London Irish, made a welcome return to the starting XV of the team in preparations for the Greene King IPA Championship clash played on Sunday at the Madejski Stadium against Jersey Reds at 2pm.


Williams, who had won the Junior World Cup with England’s Under 20’s during the summer, had been out for two months due to injury but featured in the last Sunday’s game against Jersey Reds.

He was among one of the seven changes made to the squad against the Exiles game where they went on to win, thus going off with 10 league wins out of 10 games.

Just before the break, Williams had come off the bench to feature in their last two weekend 35-24 win over Cornish Pirates. He would be replacing Fergus Mulchrone at inside centre. On the Wing, Joe Cokanasiga would be starting.

Somewhere else at the backline, James Marshall would be making way for Tommy Bell as the former Leicester man hopes to make it a century of points after staying locked on 98 since their win over Yorkshire Carnegie, earlier in the month.

Richard Palframan got the nod at tight-head, while Jerry Sexton, at second row, and Blair Cowan and SenitikiNavalo, at back rows, got the chance to start.

Speaking about the game, Nick Kennedy, Exiles director of rugby had said,

“Jersey will be yet another tough test for us on the back of last week’s trip to Penzance, and we will need to be fully focused on the task in hand.
“Training has been excellent this week and we have had the extra day to prepare for Jersey which is good.

“It’s important that we utilise our rotation system during what is going to be a relentless campaign, and a series of players have the opportunity to impress this weekend.”

London Irish To Share Stadium

London Irish is getting ready for their return to the Premiership in a big way.

They will be playing against Doncaster on Saturday. However, during the 2019-20 season, they will be sharing ground with Brentford. The said stadium has a capacity of 20,000. The club confirmed that they had a meeting with the other team to discuss this. Griffin Park stadium will be replaced with this move. The club already has a deal that permits them to use Reading stadium, Madejski for a long period of time. But the club has been looking for a stadium in south-west London and they are finally happy to have the stadium.
Why did they opt for a new stadium? Well, the stadium has issued an official statement on this topic already. In the statement they issued, they mentioned that they have been aiming for a 20,000 capacity stadium. Also, they were aiming for a multi-purpose stadium where they could play both football and rugby.

The stadium management says that they have been in talks with several clubs over the years to share the stadium with other clubs. And they reveal that London Irish was one of those clubs they held a discussion with.

The team plays in white and green. In 2002, London Irish won their first major trophy. They won the Powergen Cup that year. They were the finalists in the English Premiership in 2009. But they had narrowly lost to Leicester Tigers that year. They reached semi-finals in a couple of major tournaments as well. The club is originally based in Sunbury. They have an academy there as well. They have their administrative offices over there as well. They have been in the top division since 1996 till today. They take part in many competitions all over Europe. They are all set to play in the British & Irish Cup starting from this year.

London Irish Sees Two Players Retire This Season

The team will be seeing Fenby and Guest retiring from active roles on the field.

Both players had different roles, being a winger and a back row player for the team. Tom Guest who used to play as back row has announced that he would want to retire from his role in professional rugby. As a result he would be ending a career that has spanned about 14 years. Guest, who is 31 years of age, came on board Irish in 2014. He had played about 12 seasons with Harlequins team where he helped the team to win the European Rugby challenge cup, LV Cup as well as Aviva Premiership. He has had about 200 appearances for the outfit at Twickenham. He even represented the team of England Saxons. With such a glittering career he admits that it was not an easy choice to announce his retirement.

Guest feels that he has gained a lot of experiences during his professional playing career that will remain in his memory for a long time. For the two years he has been with London Irish he has been proud to be associated with a club that is known for its tradition and history. He feels that Irish will soon regain its former position among the top playing teams in the continent. The management team of London Irish wished him the best as he moves ahead and would be pursuing other opportunities in his life now.

Andrew Fenby on the other hand, is a qualified charter accountant who would be retiring at the early age of thirty from professional rugby to pursue other ambitions in his life. He has a sum total of 126 tries that he achieved in 214 games. He joined Exiles in 2013 and became a favorite among the fans. He was considered one of the top try scorers for the club.

London Irish And The Wasps At Their Playoff

If you wish to relive how the final day went in the Premiership league this season, you will remember the match that the Wasps played against London Irish.

If it was any consolation, the Wasps defeated London Irish in six tries. The victory was theirs, but it did not earn them a place in the semi finals to be played on home ground, which was part of the playoffs of the Premiership games.

The Irish team was in the second tier before the kick off rounds began. They were led by Johnny Williams who tried to thrash the Wasps. The Wasps, however led during the break point. With Exeter winning over Harlequins, the former ensured that Wasps could not have the match in their home ground. The chiefs had a victory of 62-24 at The Twickenham Stoop. This meant that the Wasps were to travel to their next match to Sandy Park, which would be held on 21st May.

As per the game that ensued between Wasps and London Irish, the hosts were initially taking it easy. After that Williams came after the Irish for which they had to step up the urgency of defending their side. Thomas Young helped restore the lead that the Wasps had. Charles Piutau put in a second try. Alex Lewington also tried to add in a back to the Irish team. This was after the game ensued in the second half.

However, players like Ashley Johnson, Josh Bassett and Dan Robson were able to help Wasps seal their victory. On the other hand, Irish review is scheduled for Coventry. While Wasps were able to get the points to secure a position in the semi finals, London Irish head coach admitted that their opponent played a powerful game.

Cruse to leave Rotherham Titans for the London Irish

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish have announced that they have reached a deal with the Rugby Football Union Championship club the Rotherham Titans for the signing of hooker Tom Cruse for the new season and the player will join up with his new teammates in the summer.

The 26 year old has been playing in the Championship for the last two seasons after a previous spell with the Sale Sharks. The forward was given his first stint as a professional with Stockport and he has also represented Cheshire. Speaking about his proposed move to the top tier of English rugby, Cruse said that he has worked long and hard for a chance to play in the Aviva Premiership with one of the top teams and when the chance presented itself, it was an easy decision for him.

He went on add that with a new manager coming in at the start of the new season, there is a lot excitement about the London Irish and he just cannot wait to link up with his new team. However, for the time being, he is fully focussed on the Rotherham Titans and he wants to leave them on a high.

The RFU Championship has been a good breeding ground for talent acquired by the Exiles in recent seasons and the addition of Cruse to the squad is expected to continue that long tradition. The team has a good scouting network that spots talents in the RFU Championship which the club develops into stars.

Bob Casey, the director of operations at the London Irish was very happy with the signing of Cruse and referred to him as an emerging talent from the Championship. He added that his strong set piece play and dynamism around the park will add to the Exiles game.

Sale Sharks Versus Leicester Tigers In The Preview Of Aviva Premiership

Sale Sharks will meet Leicester Tigers to qualify for the top four positions as intensification of Aviva Premiership rises.

It is on 43 points that both the teams are levelled at. If either side win, that will make them strong contenders for being in the second position during the weekend.

On a winning for game streak are the Tigers who are going to make six changes in their side as they had a strong tussle with London Irish the previous weekend.

In the second row it is Geoff Parling who returns as he is coming after a knee injury and he is also partnering with Brad Thorn, who is an ex international from New Zealand. Neil Briggs along with Laurence Pearce is going to replace the duo from England- Tom Croft and Tom Youngs.

Beginning after being on the bench is Seremaia Bai in the midfield together with Vereneki Goneva and on the wing it is Scully who comes along. It was defeat by the last gasp for Sale by 32-30 to Leicester which was at home and in the team three changes were made by which in the previous meeting Saracens won superbly.

For Danny Cipriani it is Nick Macleod who comes in for half fly and is also the replacement for the clash on Sunday for England. Will Addison is replaced by Tom Arscott. There are replacements for both the team where Magnus Lund is opted for the flanker at the open side. In the Sale Sharks, there are 8 replacements and for Leicester Tigers there are 8 replacements as well. Dan Braid is the captain for Sale Sharks and for Leicester Tigers, Jordan Crane is the captain. It is going to be interesting to see how both the teams fare in the neck to neck fight for the fourth spot.