Home team Away Team

London Irish

  • Paice, Ojo, Gibson, Joseph,
    Penalty goals: Shingler (4),
    Drop goals: Humphreys,
    Conversions: Shingler (2),
39 - 17

Northampton

  • Dowson, Pisi,
    Penalty goals: Myler,
    Conversions: Myler (2),

London Irish v Northampton - Aviva Premiership match preview

Last updated: 19th October 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Phil Dowson northampton

Phil Dowson: Will skipper Saints in the absence of Dylan Hartley

 George Skivington - London Irish Aviva Premiership

George Skivington: Recalled to the Irish pack

Related links

Teams

Players

Also see

London Irish recall George Skivington, Bryn Evans and Matt Garvey to the pack ahead for today's clash with table-toppers Northampton.

Director of Rugby Brian Smith is without skipper Declan Danaher so Evans will lead the side.

The other change sees the versatile Steven Shingler handed a start at full-back with Tom Homer missing out.

Phil Dowson will lead out Northampton as the Saints bid to extend their winning start to the new season to six matches.

With Dylan Hartley ruled out through injury Mike Haywood fills in at hooker, while Dowson packs down with fellow England back-rowers Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood.

London Irish: 15 S Shingler, 14 T Ojo, 13 J Joseph, 12 S Tagicakibau; 11 M Yarde, 10 I Humphreys 9 T O'Leary, 8 O Treviranus, 7 J Gibson, 6 M Garvey, 5 B Evans (c), 4 G Skivington 3 H Aulika, 2 D Paice, 1 M Lahiff. Replacements: 16 S Malton, 17 J Yanuyanutawa, 18 A Cotter, 19 K Low, 20 C Hala'ufia, 21 G Armitage, 22 S Geraghty, 23 J Moates.

Northampton: 15 J Wilson, 14 K Pisi, 13 D Waldouck, 12 L Burrell, 11 V Artemyev, 10 S Myler, 9 L Dickson, 8 P Dowson (c), 7 T Wood, 6 C Lawes, 5 M Sorenson, 4 S Manoa, 3 B Mujati, 2 M Haywood, 1 S Tonga'uiha. Replacements: 16 R McMillan, 17 A Waller, 18 P Doran Jones, 19 T Harrison, 20 R Oakley, 21 M Roberts, 22 R Lamb, 23 T May.

What they said...

London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith

"Northampton have enjoyed a good start to the campaign. They are a quality team and this match will be a great test of our resolve and character.

"The last time we were at Madejski Stadium we played well and enjoyed a good win over Bath. We'll need to perform at the same level tomorrow to claim a win and I believe we can do that."

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder

"We have had a promising start to our season, but we know that if we lose concentration we will be in danger of losing our record.

"London Irish have plenty of danger in all areas of their team and their goal kickers will punish us if we lose our discipline in our own half.

"Last Friday's game against Wasps was just about our most complete performance of the season, and we will be looking to build on that tomorrow. We need to maintain control, impose ourselves and take our chances, and then we will have the result we want."

SkyBet
Click here for more betting
Forthcoming London Irish Fixtures
TimeFixture
London Irish
Saturday 27th September
Aviva Premiership
15:00Leicester vs London Irish
Saturday 4th October
15:00London Irish vs Northampton
Saturday 11th October
15:00Exeter vs London Irish
Friday 24th October
European Rugby Challenge Cup
18:30Grenoble vs London Irish
Saturday 1st November
LV= Cup
15:00London Irish vs Leicester
Saturday 8th November
15:00Wasps vs London Irish
Saturday 15th November
Aviva Premiership
14:00Sale vs London Irish
Saturday 22nd November
15:00London Irish vs Bath
Saturday 29th November
15:00London Irish vs Gloucester
Saturday 6th December
European Rugby Challenge Cup
TBCCardiff Blues vs London Irish
Saturday 13th December
TBCLondon Irish vs Cardiff Blues
Sunday 21st December
Aviva Premiership
14:00Wasps vs London Irish
Friday 26th December
15:00London Irish vs London Welsh
Today's Results
Result
London Irish
Saturday 20th September
Aviva Premiership
London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens
Sunday 14th September
Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish
Saturday 6th September
London Irish 15 - 20 Harlequins

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com