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- Aviva Premiership
- 19th Sep 2010
- KO 15:00
- Ground: Madejski Stadium
- Att: 8,267
No Exiles move for Henson
Booth says unsettled Henson will not be joining Exiles
London Irish boss Toby Booth insists there is next to no chance of unsettled Wales star Gavin Henson signing for the Aviva Premiership club.
Booth spoke after watching his side's 23-16 Premiership victory over Gloucester on Sunday, and insisted he had not spoken to anyone regarding Henson.
The Ospreys man has not played for 18 months after he entered a self-imposed rugby exile following his latest injury setback.
With his Ospreys contract expiring at the end of this season, he has been linked with a possible London switch, although Wasps have denied making any moves for him.
Booth says he would listen if Henson contacted him, but said it would be his decision and there is hardly a chance of Henson joining the Exiles.
"I've had no contact on that front - the situation is pretty clear from our point of view," said Booth.
"It is not us doing Gavin Henson a favour, if he feels he wants to contribute (to the club) we will have a conversation. But we haven't spoken to him, and I don't expect to speak to him.
"We haven't considered it. It would be my decision, but we haven't held a conversation about it. There is less than a one percent chance."
On the field, Ryan Lamb punished his former club with an immaculate goal kicking displays as Irish climbed to second place in the Premiership.
Hooker James Buckland and number eight George Stowers, who was sent off during last weekend's narrow loss at Bath, added tries in each half to leave Irish three points behind unbeaten leaders Northampton.
"The facts are the facts, and we dominated the set-pieces from start to finish," added Booth.
"Games in the Premiership are hard to win, and today was based on a fantastic scrum performance. It is a simple game built on good set-piece and forward dominance, and our scrum did the damage."
Gloucester conceded 19 penalties in a stop-start Madejski Stadium encounter, and head coach Bryan Redpath accepted his team had paid a price for their indiscipline.
"We conceded 19 penalties to Irish's seven or eight. We cut our own throats," he said.
"I thought the game was winnable for us from 10-9 behind, and we talked at half-time about the need to be smarter but there were a lot of penalties and free-kicks at scrum time.
"You have got to keep safe with it.
"Bath had 10 losses on the bounce last season and finished in the top four. There is no point getting all panicky about it - we have to keep working hard."
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|19:45||Gloucester vs Harlequins|
|19:45||Northampton vs Exeter|
|Saturday 15th November|
|14:00||Sale vs London Irish|
|17:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 16th November|
|13:00||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Wasps vs London Welsh|
|Friday 21st November|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Sale|
|20:00||Newcastle vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
|Sunday 28th September|
|Wasps 35 - 18 Newcastle|
|Exeter 36 - 13 Harlequins|
|Saturday 27th September|
|Northampton 31 - 24 Bath|
|Leicester 19 - 22 London Irish|
|Saracens 40 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 26th September|
|London Welsh 10 - 46 Gloucester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|Newcastle 10 - 35 Northampton|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Bath 45 - 0 Leicester|
|Harlequins 26 - 23 Wasps|
|London Irish 32 - 36 Saracens|
|Sale 46 - 8 London Welsh|
|Friday 19th September|
|Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Newcastle 18 - 20 London Irish|
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