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London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Tue 11 Aug 2015, 1:53 pm

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  Welcome to this seasons thread for talking about all things London Irish. 

Senior Squad (39)

Technical Director: Brendan Venter
Director of Rugby: Nick Kennedy
Assistant Coach: Clark Laidlaw
Forwards Coach: George Skivington
Defence Coach: Declan Danaher
Skills Coach: Paul Hodgson

Hooker: David Paice, Gerard Ellis, David Porecki, Jason Harris-Wright, Todd Gleave (dual registered with Rosslyn Park).
Prop: Tom Court, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Tom Smallbone, Ben Franks, Richard Palframan, Ollie Hoskins.
Second Row: Sebastien de Chaves, Jerry Sexton, Jebb Sinclair, George Robson, Will Lloyd.
Back Row: Blair Cowan, Ofisa Treviranus, Luke Narraway, Connor Gilsenen, Joe Trayfoot, Mike Coman, Max Northcote-Green, Senitiki Nayalo.
Scrum Half: Brendan McKibbin, Scott Steele, Darren Allinson (on loan to Bath).
Fly Half: Greig Tonks, Tommy Bell, Theo Brophy-Clews.
Centre: Johnny Williams, Fergus Mulchrone, Ciaran Hearn, Tom Fowlie
Back Three: Topsy Ojo, Alex Lewington, Aseli Tikoirotuama, James Marshall, Ben Ransom


Senior Academy Squad (12)

Hooker: Matt Kouris (dual registered with Esher)
Prop: Harry Elrington (dual registered with Rosslyn Park), Austin Hay (Academy Plus)
Back Row: Isaac Curtis-Harris (dual registered with Esher), Jack Cooke (Academy Plus)
Scrum Half: Conor Murphy, Rory Brand (dual registered with Rosslyn Park)
Fly Half: Tom Parton
Centre: Ross Neal, Matt Williams
Wing: Joe Cokanasiga, Jacob Atkins


Fixture List

Date Time Opponents H/A Venue Competition Result Scorers 







Sat 13th Aug15:00 HarlequinsAThe Stoop FriendlyW 28-12 T: Cowan, Neal, Nayolo, Atkins  C: Bell 3, Tonks.
Fri 19th Aug19:30NottinghamHHazelwood FriendlyW 43-14
Fri 26th Aug19:30Loughborough StudentsHHazelwoodFriendlyW 46-21
Sat 3rd Sep15:00Doncaster KnightsHMadStadChampionship W 19-0T: Fowlie, Tikoroituma  P: Bell 3.
Sat 10th Sep15:00RichmondHMadStadChampionshipW 36-12T: Paice, Cowan 2, Ellis, McKibbin, Elrington. C: Bell 3.
Sat 17th Sep15:00Bedford BluesAGoldington RoadChampionshipW 30-23T: Franks, Williams, Ojo, Northcote-Green. C: Bell 2. P: Bell 2.
Sun 25th Sep15:00Ealing TrailfindersHMadStadChampionshipW 32-12T: Ransom, Trayfoot, Marshall, Steele C:Bell, Marshall 2 P:Bell 2.
Fri 30th Sep19:45NottinghamALadyBay SportsChampionshipW 29-7T: Steele Tikoroituma Northcote-Green Mulchrone C:Bell 3 P:Bell. 
Sat 8th Oct15:00London WelshHMadStadChampionshipW 35-12T: Mulchrone, Paice, de Chaves, McKibbin. C: Bell. 3 P: Bell 3.
Sat 15th Oct15:00Ospreys Prem SelectAThe GnollB & I CupW 25-14T: Neal, Ransom, Nayalo, Palframan.  C: Tonks.  P: Tonks.
Sat 22nd Oct15:00Connacht EaglesHMadStadB & I CupW 34-3T: Elrington, Hoskins, Harris-Wright, Parton, Cokanasiga.  C: Tonks 3 P: Tonks.
Sat 29th Oct15:00London ScottishARAGChampionshipW 62-12T: Paice, McKibbin, Cokanasiga, Bell 2, Tikoirotuma, Steele, Cowan C: Bell 8, P: Bell 2.
Sat 5th Nov15:00Yorkshire CarnegieHMadStadChampionshipW 41-17T: Ransom 2, Tikoirotuma, Marshall 2. C: Bell 5. P: Bell 2.
Sat 19th Nov13:00Cornish PiratesAMennaye FieldChampionshipW 35-24T: Ransom 2, Franks 2, Northcote-Green  C: Marshall 2.  P: Tonks 2.
Sun 27th Nov15:00Jersey RedsHMadStadChampionshipW 42-29
T: Ransom, Paice 2, Palframan, Fowlie  C: Bell 4  P: Bell 2  DG: Bell.
Sat 3rd Dec14:00Rotherham TitansAClifton LaneChampionshipW 38-10T: Cokanasiga 2, Bell 2, Steele.  C: Bell 5  P: Bell.
Sun 11th Dec
15:00
Cornish Pirates
H
MadStad
B & I Cup


16/17/18 Dec

Cornish Pirates
A
Mennaye Field
B & I Cup


Sat 24th Dec
15:00
Richmond
A
RAG
Championship


Sat 31st Dec
15:00
Bedford Blues
H
MadStad
Championship


13/14/15 Jan

Connacht Eagles
A

B & I Cup


Sat 21st Jan
15:00
Ospreys Prem Select
H
MadStad
B & I Cup


Sat 28th Jan
15:00
Ealing Trailfinders
A
Vallis Way
Championship


Sun 5th Feb
14:00
Nottingham
H
MadStad
Championship


Sat 18th Feb
14:00
London Welsh
A
Old Deer Park
Championship


Sat 25th Feb
15:00
London Scottish
H
MadStad
Championship


Sun 5th Mar
15:00
Yorkshire Carnegie
A
Headingley
Championship


Sat 18th Mar
14:00
Cornish Pirates
H
MadStad
Championship


Sat 25th Mar
14:00
Jersey Reds
A
St Peter
Championship


Sat 8th Apr
15:00
Rotherham Titans
H
MadStad
Championship


Sat 15th Apr
15:00
Doncaster Knights
A
Castle Park
Championship

Season Preview

Well it's been an interesting summer in the aftermath of relegation.  It was clear from the outset that we would lose some players and would have to cut our cloth accordingly.  Initially it appeared that Tom Coventry was staying, but a late u-turn from him meant a new coaching set up was required.  New coaches, loss of big names, new players to integrate, sounds like a recipe for disaster, and we've certainly been there many times over the past few years.  This however, does not feel like that at all.  Perhaps it's because we are a league down, but there is real optimism around, primarily because of those things.  The holy trinity of Nick Kennedy, Declan Danaher and Paul Hodgson have been promoted to the first team after overseeing a successful academy season last year, and have Brendan Venter overseeing them as technical director.  This is exciting.  A proven winner overseeing a young, hungry and exciting coaching team.  On the playing side, the main losses being Matt Symons and Sean Maitland are more than offset by the likes of George Robson, James Marshall and Tommy Bell coming in.  If anything it feels as if we may have a stronger squad this year than we've had for the past 4 or 5.

Two games into pre season and things look positive.  Comfortably beating an admittedly understrength Quins, and a high scoring win against Nottingham have given plenty of optimism for the season ahead.  There were still defensive lapses, which will need to be ironed out, but barring complacency or an absolute stinker in terms of form, we should have more than enough to comfortably make the dreaded play offs, where it then becomes a test of mental strength rather than ability.



Ozzy'sprediction: Champions


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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 05 Sep 2016, 10:18 am

Curtis Harris is a real talent.  Hopefully he continues to shine at Esher and forces himself into contention in the back row for us, which is a very competitive area this year.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Margin_Walker on Mon 05 Sep 2016, 11:11 am

Yep, definitely looks to have a lot of potential and just the type of player who we'd welcome in our back row if he continues to develop. Interesting that he didn't really trouble the England U18 selectors. Perhaps viewed as a little short for a traditional 8. Agree that he could well end up on the flank

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by stnick88 on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 1:42 pm

Pro's from Donny game
- Good first up tackles and very little missed/slipped tackles
- Good line speed and organisation
- Lineout was pretty good bar one I seem to remember
- Scrum strong when it was Hobbs and Franks
- Bell's kicking
- Ransom impressive 6 minute cameo

Neg's from Donny game
- Scrum later on was conceding a lot of penalties
- Narraway/Cowan too quiet for me
- Tonks was terrible. Kicking aimless and I believe he threw the forward pass that disallowed Tiks try when it was a simple 3 on 1
- Box kicking from both 9's was very poor
- Kick chase was pretty non-existent

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 4:33 pm

The scrum was pretty messy all game from my memory, with Donny rightly trying to get away with whatever they could.  The ref definitely struggled in that area. 

What do you mean by Narraway and Cowan being quiet mate?  I thought both were very effective in defence.  Neither are really big carriers in the way Trev is, so they are never really likely to catch the eye in an attacking sense.

Tonks was 6 out of 10 for me.  Not great, but not terrible.  Ultimately I suspect he is just keeping the 15 jersey warm until the coaches decide that James Marshall is ready.

Box kicking from both nines was exceptionally poor.  Both kicked too long, thus negating our wingers ability to provide an effective chase.  it came as no surprise to me from Allinson, who is good putting tempo on the game but weaker in terms of control and kicking, but it surprised me from McKibbin who I thought would have been more accurate.

All in all it was about a 6 out of 10 performance for me, which considering we won 19-0 against last seasons runners up is very promising, not just for this season, but going forwards generally.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by stnick88 on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 5:02 pm

I wanted a bit more from them at the breakdown. You are right both are not big carriers and they did make their tackles, but I thought both just had quietish games. I may be wrong in terms of tackle stats etc but I seemed to notice a lot more from Franks, Hobbs, Robson, Trev.

All in all it was OK, but I am hoping for big improvements in the next few weeks. I'd like to see Ransom in at 15 for the weekend and Marshall involved in the next few weeks. He was in the players lounge on Saturday and looked in good shape. Interestingly, Nayolo was also in there, wonder if he will get a deal soon or not.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 5:26 pm

I believe Nayolo is signed mate, he will be a wrecking ball for us in this division.  I'd leave Tonks at 15 this week and play Ransom on the wing in place of Neal.  given what brendan Venter said after game about the side having already been selected, I'm not expecting many changes at all.  Robson and Williams looked to have picked up minor knocks so could get rested but other than that I'm expecting the same side really.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 5:56 pm

http://www.rugbynetwork.net/main/s97/st193331.htm

Match report (of sorts) from The Craic.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Wed 07 Sep 2016, 9:59 pm

In that case (based on what you said Ozzy), I expect/hope to see:

1. Hobbs-Awoyemi
2. Paice
3. Franks
4. De Chaves
5. Lloyd
6. Trayfoot
7. Cowan
8. Narraway (c)

9. McKibbin
10. Bell
11. Tikoirotuma
12. Mulchrone
13. Fowlie
14. Ransom
15. Tonks

Bench: Ellis, Court, Hoskins, Sexton, Treviranus, Allinson, Neal


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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 09 Sep 2016, 10:17 am

I'd like to see a back row of 6. Treviranus 7. Cowan 8. Nayolo at some point, but I don't expect it will happen tomorrow.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 09 Sep 2016, 12:03 pm

Team for tomorrow....


London Irish: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Ross Neal, 13 Fergus Mulchrone, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Topsy Ojo, 10 Tommy Bell, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 2 David Paice (c), 3 Ben Franks, 4 George Robson, 5 Sebastien De Chaves, 6 Joe Trayfoot, 7 Blair Cowan, 8 Ofisa Treviranus
Replacements: 16 Gerard Ellis, 17 Harry Elrington, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Jerry Sexton, 20 Max Northcote-Green, 21 Darren Allinson, 22 Ben Ransom

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Fri 09 Sep 2016, 12:56 pm

Ozzy3213 wrote:I'd like to see a back row of 6. Treviranus 7. Cowan 8. Nayolo at some point, but I don't expect it will happen tomorrow.

Or even:

6. Coman
7. Treviranus (where he started out for us)
8. Nayolo

Very Happy

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 09 Sep 2016, 1:31 pm

We have ridiculous depth in the back row this year.  I'm interested to see how Joe Trayfoot goes.  A lot of fans felt he was criminally underused by Tom Coventry last season.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Fri 09 Sep 2016, 2:18 pm

Myself included - I am a big fan.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Sun 11 Sep 2016, 8:06 am

So a 36-12 win with 6 tries scored yesterday.  A few 'supporters' seem very critical elsewhere, as they seemed to expect a 70-0 ten try romp.  Bottom line, we'd scored 5 tries and were 29-0 up before switching off a bit and them chucking everything at us in dreadful conditions when they had nothing to lose.  It wasn't perfect, but it was never going to be this early in the season as we bed in new players, coaches and ideas.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Sun 11 Sep 2016, 9:07 am

I think I understand where some of the criticism comes from as in terms of playing resources there is a massive gulf. However, this will have been Richmond's cup final for a number of different reasons and it was obvious that we let things slip when we got the 5 points and when the front row was changed so much. Bedford will be the toughest game so far, although they haven'd had the best of starts to the season. I expect we will be putting out our strongest XV for this one and then rotating for Ealing the following week.

1. Court
2. Paice
3. Franks
4. Robson
5. De Chaves
6. Narraway
7. Cowan
8. Treviranus

9. McKibbin
10. Bell
11. Tikoirotuma
12. Williams
13. Mulchrone
14. Ojo
15. Tonks

Bench: Ellis, Hobbs-Awoyemi, Palframan, Sexton, Coman, Allinson, Marshall

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Sun 11 Sep 2016, 9:18 am

Don't think we can put that side out as apparently we have to have 16 EQP in the squad. That's why Court was left out yesterday. Naz was meant to play but when he was ruled out Trev came in and they had to take Court out and start Danny instead.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Sun 11 Sep 2016, 9:33 am

Ozzy3213 wrote:Don't think we can put that side out as apparently we have to have 16 EQP in the squad.  That's why Court was left out yesterday.  Naz was meant to play but when he was ruled out Trev came in and they had to take Court out and start Danny instead.

Interesting. Are you sure that isn't an average across the season though as against Donny we had Franks, Cowan, Trev, McKibbin, Tiks, Tonks, Court, Hoskins(?), Sexton all in the squad which would give us a total of 13/14. Perhaps we just felt that we would try and get as many EQP in the team against what on paper was a slightly weaker opposition?

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Sun 11 Sep 2016, 9:49 am

I'm only going by what Tom Court said yesterday. Could well be an average thing as per the AP.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Margin_Walker on Sun 11 Sep 2016, 10:06 am

SirBurger wrote:
Ozzy3213 wrote:Don't think we can put that side out as apparently we have to have 16 EQP in the squad.  That's why Court was left out yesterday.  Naz was meant to play but when he was ruled out Trev came in and they had to take Court out and start Danny instead.

Interesting. Are you sure that isn't an average across the season though as against Donny we had Franks, Cowan, Trev, McKibbin, Tiks, Tonks, Court, Hoskins(?), Sexton all in the squad which would give us a total of 13/14. Perhaps we just felt that we would try and get as many EQP in the team against what on paper was a slightly weaker opposition?

Not sure how the EQP requirements work in the Championship, but Hoskins is EQP, presumably through family.

Doesn't sound like a great performance yesterday, but I won't be losing too much sleep over it. Luckily we have the opportunity to grow into this season and pick up wins even when not at our best. Bedford away should be a tough one though, so need to guard against complacency.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Sun 11 Sep 2016, 11:05 am

If the 16 rule does have to be complied with strictly, then I hope to see something like the following for Bedford:

1. Court
2. Paice
3. Franks
4. Robson
5. De Chaves
6. Narraway
7. Cowan
8. Treviranus

9. McKibbin
10. Bell
11. Ojo
12. Williams
13. Mulchrone
14. Neal
15. Ransom

Bench: Ellis, Hobbs-Awoyemi, Palframan, Lloyd, Trayfoot, Allinson, Tonks

It makes you realise how difficult it will be to get our strongest team out this season.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Wed 14 Sep 2016, 12:53 pm

I think we need to send out a really strong side this week at Bedford.  Whilst they have lost their opening two games they very nearly beat Jersey last week and will be fired up for playing us.  Our away record over the past 2 years is terrible, with a win in Agen last year and beating London Welsh the season before the sum total of two seasons work.

I also think Williams looked a bit off on Saturday, his handling was pretty poor, and he may well be nursing the finger he dislocated in round one.  I'd be tempted to rest him this week and play Fergus at 12 with Fowlie in the 13 jersey.

Ransom, Ojo, Fowlie, Mulchrone, Tikoroituma, Bell, McKibbin;
Hobbs-Awoyemi, Paice, Palframan, de Chaves, Robson, Narraway, Cowan, Treviranus

Ellis, Court, Franks, Sexton, Northcote-Green, Steele, Marshall

would be my 22 for Saturday if possible.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Driver on Wed 14 Sep 2016, 1:01 pm

Didn't you win at us 2 years ago Pete? Seem too remember us losing too you one weekend and smashing Exeter the week after

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Wed 14 Sep 2016, 1:07 pm

I stand corrected, we did beat you 20-18 at Kingston Park in September 2014, so that's three away wins in two years.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Thu 15 Sep 2016, 10:15 am

Based partly on our most recent commercial partnership, with the F3 group, I belive the move to Brentford is a done deal.  They are the company involved in the development of the ground there.  I can see this being our last season at the MadStad and us playing at Griffin park from next season until the new stadium is built.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by stnick88 on Thu 15 Sep 2016, 10:37 am

I'd like to see Palframan get some game time, before he got badly injured he put in some great shifts. Hoskins has struggled in the scrum both times he has come on as well.

We certainly need some pace in our backline, so Ransom, Tiks, Fowlie will hopefully come in for Tonks, Neal and Mulchrone/Williams.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Thu 15 Sep 2016, 10:46 am

We definitely need more pace on the wing than Neal provides.  We will be looking to play plenty of kick chase, and we're not getting close enough to where the ball is dropping at the moment.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Thu 15 Sep 2016, 11:11 am



Interview with Brendan Venter on the subject of current problems in the Springbok set up, but it does give an insight into how he views the game, and what we can expect to see from Irish this season.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by stnick88 on Thu 15 Sep 2016, 11:21 am

I would like to see us go

1 Hobbs
2 Paice
3 Franks
4 De Chaves
5 Robson
6 Narraway
7 Cowan
8 Treviranus
9 McKibbin
10 Bell
11 Ojo
12 Mulchrone
13 Fowlie
14 Tiks
15 Ransom

16 Court
17 Ellis
18 Palframan
19 Sexton
20 Trayfoot
21 Steele
22 Tonks

Give Williams a rest so he can get back to full fitness.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Margin_Walker on Thu 15 Sep 2016, 5:56 pm

As you said on the Craic, good to see him listed there as a full back, which is his best position for me. Obviously lots of players capable of interchanging between the two jerseys, but broadly I'd see them split as:

10 - Bell, TBC, Shane
15 - Marshall, Ransom, Tonks

Anyone know if Parton and Williams are being dual registered, as I've not seen them pop up anywhere? Would be good to see them get some senior gametime for someone (perhaps being recalled for the B&I). Expect Cokanasiga to be retained given we aren't flush with wings.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Thu 15 Sep 2016, 7:18 pm

I think that split looks about right MW, although I don't think it is set in stone. Tonks said in an interview with TRP that he had signed to play 10 and that is where he would be focusing this season, whereas Bell apparently said previously that he saw himself as a 15. So there is definitely still some fluidity. Great interview with Marshall. He comes across really well.

I believe Parton is dual registered at Henley. Unsure on Williams.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Thu 15 Sep 2016, 7:27 pm

Shane I think will have his work cut out to see much game time if I'm honest.  He has an ankle injury at the moment, but I've heard rumours of a bit of a defeatist attitude from him, with him apparently having said something along the lines of he doesn't believe he'll have much chance of getting in the side once he's fit.

He also doesn't really fit at 10 with the current game plan as far as I can see, which effectively sees him looking at a fight with Johnny and Fergus (and possibly Ross Neal) for the 12 jersey.  He doesn't strike me as a Brendan Venter type 12 either (albeit Kendo is actually DoR and I believe picks the team).

He is also just turned 30, so isn't likely to be considered the future for the club.

Parton and Williams I'm not sure on.  As we are not in the A League this year I would hope that they are DR somewhere to aid in their development.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Thu 15 Sep 2016, 7:43 pm

Ben Franks article in the Telegraph

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 16 Sep 2016, 12:15 pm

London Irish team to play Bedford Blues: 
15 James Marshall, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Tom Fowlie, 12 Johnny Williams, 11 Ben Ransom, 10 Tommy Bell, 9 Darren Allinson;
1 Tom Court, 2 David Paice (c), 3 Ben Franks, 4 George Robson, 5 Jerry Sexton, 6 Joe Trayfoot, 7 Conor Gilsenan, 8 Ofisa Treviranus
Replacements: 16 Gerard Ellis, 17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 Will Lloyd, 20 Max Northcote-Green, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Aseli Tikoirotuma  

That's a pretty tidy back line behind a solid front 5 and mobile back row.  I am very very excited about this.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 7:12 pm

Hard fought win away at Bedford today.  3-11 down, then 22-23 before winning 30-23.  Was a big mental test for the team and they've come through it.  Will stand us in good stead going forwards I reckon.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Heaf on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 7:19 pm

Yep was squeaky bum time there for a while ...

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 7:29 pm

Indeed. 

The last time we won 3 league games on the bounce was March/April 2011.  Away wins in recent years have been scarce as well, so this is a big result for us today.

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Post by Heaf on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 7:31 pm

TBP away wins even more scarce ... let's hope this is the first of quite a few.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 7:33 pm

I'll just settle for winning away from home, as it will be every other teams cup final.  I don't expect us to go through this season winning all 22 league games.

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Post by Heaf on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 7:36 pm

No it would be nice but you have to be realistic - we just need to make sure we're in as best shape as possible for the daft play-offs

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 7:42 pm

Yeah, it's about making sure we are in the best form we can be come next May.  To that end I like that we've started getting some rotation in early.  Paice, Franks, Robson, Treviranus, Bell and Williams the only players who have started all three games.  Hopefully a couple of them get a rest this week.  de Chaves back in for Robson, and Nayolo for Trev are the obvious changes.

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Post by Heaf on Sat 17 Sep 2016, 8:02 pm

Looking forwards to seeing Nayolo get a go - got a nice picture of my granddaughter with him last week when he signed her shirt along with Tiks and TBC.

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Post by SirBurger on Sun 18 Sep 2016, 4:28 pm

Good result. I imagine it must have been quite nerve-wracking for the fans who went. I think it is becoming quite apparent that teams are really treating their games with us as cup finals. Particularly early in the season I think it is naive to expect massive wins against some good sides. Ealing will be another good test, although I think we should be able to secure another TBP. Unsure what sort of side we can expect to see but hopeful of seeing the likes of Nayolo and Coman coming into the back row to add some ball-carrying.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 19 Sep 2016, 8:11 pm

Am hearing that Coman is fit and likely to be in the squad at the weekend.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Mon 19 Sep 2016, 9:46 pm

Someone on Craic suggesting Nayolo no longer with us?

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 19 Sep 2016, 10:31 pm

Not to my knowledge. I'll see what I can find out.

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Post by Ozzy3213 on Mon 19 Sep 2016, 10:36 pm

Definitely still with us. Is on a dual contract with the army as still a serving soldier, the same as Rokoduguni.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Heaf on Mon 19 Sep 2016, 10:37 pm

I think someone jumped to that conclusion just because his picture isn't on the website - but he's not the only one missing, and let's be honest the website isn't always 100%.

He was certainly still there when we played Richmond as per my post above.

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Post by Heaf on Mon 19 Sep 2016, 10:43 pm

Cheers Ozzy - my post crossed yours.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Fri 23 Sep 2016, 1:43 pm

Teams up for Sunday


15 James Marshall, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Aseli Tikoirotuma, 12 Fergus Mulchrone, 11 Ben Ransom, 10 Tommy Bell, 9 Darren Allinson, 1 Tom Court, 2 Gerard Ellis, 3 Richard Palframan, 4 Jerry Sexton, 5 Sebastian De Chaves, 6 Joe Trayfoot, 7 Max Northcote-Green, 8 Luke Narraway (c) 

Replacements: 16 David Paice, 17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Will Lloyd, 20 Mike Coman, 21 Scott Steele, 22 Tom Fowlie




Really pleased to see Ellis and Palf getting starts and with his cameos off the bench Northcote-Green has definitely earned his.  Looking forward as well to seeing what Coman brings off the bench, and what Tiks can do at outside centre.  I love him out on the wing but he is a player we want on the ball as much as possible as he always seems to elude the first tackler.

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