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- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Pool 5
- 11th Jan 2014
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 6,723
Amlin Challenge Cup: London Irish v Lusitanos preview
London Irish know only a bonus-point victory will do against Lusitanos as they look to keep pace with Stade Francais in Pool 5 of the Amlin Challenge Cup.
With their rivals recording a 31-3 triumph over Cavalieri Prato on Thursday night, the Exiles find themselves five points back in the battle for top spot.
Yet even a convincing victory on Saturday at the Madejski Stadium may not be enough for the Aviva Premiership side, with Stade facing Lusitanos, who have yet to register a point in this season's campaign, in the final round of fixtures.
Irish won the won the previous fixture against their Portuguese opponents 67-6 back in October so will be confident of scoring the four tries they need to claim a maximum five-point haul.
Director of rugby Brian Smith has recalled Guy Armitage and Setaimata Sa to the starting XV, with the pair forming a new-look centre partnership.
Tom Homer has recovered from a groin injury to be named on a bench that also includes academy prop forward, and England U20 World Cup winner, Tom Smallbone.
Shane Geraghty will captain the side at the end of a week in which he pledged his future to the Exiles by signing a new three-year deal.
"A lot of the team that played against Worcester last weekend are involved in the squad again and we are also giving those that have had limited game time an opportunity to put their case forward to play when the Premiership starts again," Smith told the club's official website.
"We have the chance to build some momentum off the back of our win last weekend and that starts tomorrow against Lusitanos XV."
London Irish: 15 Lewington, 14 Fowlie, 13 Armitage, 12 Sa, 11 Fenby, 10 Geraghty (c), 9 O'Leary; 1 Parr, 2 Mayhew, 3 Halavatau, 4 Evans, 5 Rouse, 6 Danaher, 7 Low, 8 Sinclair.
Replacements: 16 Stevens, 17 Harris, 18 Smallbone, 19 Skivington, 20 Cowan, 21 Homer, 22 Dorrian, 23 Hoadley.
Lusitanos XV: 15 Figueiredo, 14 Miranda, 13 Bettencourt Avila, 12 Miguel Leal, 11 Foro, 10 Salema, 9 Leal; 1 Segurado, 2 Tavares, 3 Rocha, 4 Almeida, 5 D'Orey, 6 Marais, 7 Fragoso Mendes, 8 Uva (c).
Replacements: 16 Correia, 17 Almeida, 18 Domingues, 19 Simoes, 20 Salgueiro, 21 Pinto de Magalhaes, 22 Lucas, 23 Penha e Costa.
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|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|Thursday 16th October|
|European Rugby Challenge Cup|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Brive|
|Friday 17th October|
|19:00||Bordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh|
|Saturday 18th October|
|13:00||LOU Rugby vs London Welsh|
|14:30||Cardiff Blues vs Grenoble|
|15:00||Zebre vs Oyonnax|
|17:00||Connacht vs La Rochelle|
|19:00||Bayonne vs Exeter|
|19:45||Stade Francais vs Newport Gwent D'gons|
|Thursday 23rd October|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles|
|Friday 24th October|
|18:30||Grenoble vs London Irish|
|18:30||La Rochelle vs Bayonne|
|19:30||Brive vs Zebre|
|19:30||Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle|
|19:45||Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby|
|Saturday 25th October|
|15:00||Exeter vs Connacht|
|19:45||Oyonnax vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th December|
|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs London Irish|
|TBC||Edinburgh vs London Welsh|
|TBC||Bordeaux-Begles vs LOU Rugby|
|TBC||Gloucester vs Zebre|
|TBC||Brive vs Oyonnax|
|TBC||Newcastle vs Stade Francais|
|TBC||Connacht vs Bayonne|
|TBC||La Rochelle vs Exeter|
|Saturday 13th December|
|TBC||London Irish vs Cardiff Blues|
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