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- Aviva Premiership
- 6th Oct 2012
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 7,918
London Irish v Northampton - Aviva Premiership match preview
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."
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|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
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|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Saturday 20th September|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|Saturday 4th October|
|15:00||London Irish vs Northampton|
|Saturday 11th October|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Irish|
|Friday 24th October|
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|18:30||Grenoble vs London Irish|
|Saturday 1st November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Saturday 8th November|
|15:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th December|
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|TBC||Cardiff Blues vs London Irish|
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