London Irish’s Darren Allison has said that he is happy about the current competition for places. Allinson will wear the number nine jersey on Sunday against Northampton in the LV= Cup – his third start in a row. He told BBC Berkshire: “Dodge [Paul Hodgson] is one of the best defensive scrum-halves I’ve ever seen. Continue Reading
Seilala Mapusua’s London Irish future is still unclear and it will be some time before it is sorted. The Samoa international is yet to sign a new deal at Irish, with clubs in France and Japan reportedly interested. Mapusua told BBC Berkshire: “It’s weighing up the balance between lifestyle and financial gains – we’ve been Continue Reading
London Irish head coach Toby Booth has denied that there is a witch hunt at London Irish and says that they will recover soon. The Exiles’ latest setback was a 28-18 loss at Harlequins on Monday. Booth told BBC Berkshire: “This is not about pointing the finger. I’ll always back my players and defend my Continue Reading
Ryan Lamb has said that he is very much looking forward to the clash with Wilkinson. I Irish host Wilkinson’s Toulon on Sunday in the Heineken Cup, a game Lamb describes as a “massive test”. He told BBC Berkshire: “Jonny’s a legend of the game and there are no superlatives left to say about him. Continue Reading
A good London Irish side that defeated by Northampton in a closely fought match. Ryan Lamb struck two early drop-goals before Saints hit back with tries from Jamie Elliott and Paul Diggin.
Jon Clarke then crossed on the stroke of half-time as the Exiles crumbled.
Diggin’s second try after the interval ensured the bonus point for Saints before Chris Hala’ufia went over for Irish and Topsy Ojo also touched down.
This was a hugely impressive performance by the home side, who were without six of their internationals, over their nearest rivals.