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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 42-29T: 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 Dec15:00Cornish PiratesHMadStadB & I CupW 33-24T: Atkins, Gilsenan, Porecki, Nayalo, M.Williams.  C: Tonks 4.
Sat 17th Dec14:30Cornish PiratesAMennaye FieldB & 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.



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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Ozzy3213 on Wed 04 Jan 2017, 1:19 pm

Booth is an excellent an innovative forwards coach, but failed miserably when promoted into the DoR role.  The big question if he was to return as either forwards or head coach would be whether he could work under Kendo as DoR, having previously been his boss.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Wed 04 Jan 2017, 5:44 pm

Ozzy3213 wrote:Booth is an excellent an innovative forwards coach, but failed miserably when promoted into the DoR role.  The big question if he was to return as either forwards or head coach would be whether he could work under Kendo as DoR, having previously been his boss.

To be fair, he did take us to a Premiership final, but it was Smithy's team. He got the best out of them though and managed selection well that year (probably helped by the fact it was a small squad and we were lucky with injuries). I do think he cost us the final though by playing Hewat at 15 and Delon at outside centre, ahead of Seveali'i who had worked wonders with Mapusua all season. Once the Smithy squad started to disassemble and he had to build his own team, his weaknesses were really exposed. However, he always came across as a great innovator (as you point out) and if his role was to coach the team, with Kennedy left in charge of selection and recruitment, I would be happy enough. It is difficult to imagine him wanting to come in to a set-up where he would be below one of his former charges and flat in the hierarchy with other former players.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Smudge21 on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 4:03 pm

Josh mcnally confirmed
https://youtu.be/5_9oYpGMAPQ

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 10:37 pm

Pleased with that - he looks like a good player and is very well regarded in Championship circles, as well as among former RAF teammates. If he is as good as I think he could be then he should do enough to earn a contract next season as well, which, assuming the Hamilton rumour is correct, would leave us with four genuine options in the second row, which would be a great place to be in after the past few seasons. Of course this assumes that McNally goes as well as can be expected, but I think we have cause to be optimistic.

McNally aside, I wonder whether all other signings will be announced once the play-offs are out of the way (win or lose), as I imagine most signings are conditional on that anyway.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by RiscaGame on Tue 10 Jan 2017, 10:43 pm

I think this is a very good signing for Irish. Because I know of him, I had quietly hoped Dragons would sign him as he is the kind of lock we need. I have been told by guys that one very good Prem club (and a few others) wanted him before he re-signed with Welsh (out of loyalty), so I think you guys have done brilliantly getting him this time around.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Wed 11 Jan 2017, 9:02 am

RiscaGame wrote:I think this is a very good signing for Irish. Because I know of him, I had quietly hoped Dragons would sign him as he is the kind of lock we need. I have been told by guys that one very good Prem club (and a few others) wanted him before he re-signed with Welsh (out of loyalty), so I think you guys have done brilliantly getting him this time around.

Yes, he seems to be very highly regarded. Kennedy had been tracking him for some years apparently, which I think McNally was quite flattered by, so maybe that swung it.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Margin_Walker on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 1:59 pm

Nice to see Lewington seemingly back and involved in full training (hopefully). He's in the pic the club put up on Twitter of Doc leading training. Would be great to see him back on the pitch in Feb. Perhaps even Ealing at the end of the month

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 2:51 pm

Margin_Walker wrote:Nice to see Lewington seemingly back and involved in full training (hopefully). He's in the pic the club put up on Twitter of Doc leading training. Would be great to see him back on the pitch in Feb. Perhaps even Ealing at the end of the month

That's great to see. I think we could do with a bit more cutting edge in attack, especially as it looks like Joe is out for a while.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 2:54 pm

Having said that, I have just seen the pic I think you are talking about and I am not sure he is in it. If it is 11 on the far left, then I think that is actually Matt Williams unless I am mistaken.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Margin_Walker on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 3:18 pm

You had to go and ruin it didn't you...

What's Joe done? Missed that

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 3:57 pm

Margin_Walker wrote:You had to go and ruin it didn't you...

What's Joe done? Missed that

Not sure, but looks like he has his foot in a moon boot on social media pictures.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Smudge21 on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 4:04 pm

Saw the pics of Joe in a moon boot as well but on the latest injury report he wasnt listed as injured? Anybody know anything more?

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by SirBurger on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 4:24 pm

Smudge21 wrote:Saw the pics of Joe in a moon boot as well but on the latest injury report he wasnt listed as injured? Anybody know anything more?

As a general rule those injury updates are very poor and not worth paying too much attention to.

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Re: London Irish 2016/17 Championship Thread

Post by Smudge21 on Mon 16 Jan 2017, 4:39 pm

Duly noted, although one thing that did strike me was that Smallbone was still out long term. Not sure how accurate that is but is quite worrying

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