Cup semi final at the Madstad
February 23 2019
Chris Stirling has made five changes to his team to play London Irish in the semi final of the RFU Championship Cup this Sunday at the Madejski Stadium. Myles Throroughgood is set to make his fifth appearance for the club and starts on the wing in place of Jacob Umaga, who has returned to Wasps. The rest of the changes come in the forwards. Marc Thomas returns after missing last week’s defeat to Jersey with a calf injury and replaces Nic Mayhew. Dylan Donnellan and Sam Nixon both come into the starting line up after making appearances from the bench last week, they replace Joe Buckle, who is a replacement and Andy Forster, who has picked up a knee injury. Cian Romaine who was ruled out last week with a knee injury comes back into the team with Fa’atiga Lemalu unavailable due to a dislocated finger. Andy Forsyth has picked up a calf injury so is unavailable for selection, but Craig Mitchell returns on the bench having missed last week through HIA protocol. Other injuries include Harry Davey (Hamstring), Ewan McQuillin (foot), James Thraves (shoulder) and Jake Ilnicki (knee), Brendan Cope (ACL). Carnegie face Irish for the second time this season, having played each other once in the league back in October. Stirling’s side earned their spot in the semi-final after a 38-14 win over Bedford. In the group stages Carnegie lost just one game, the same record as Irish, who were defeated by Cornish Pirates before they booked their spot in the semi with a 27-17 win over Coventry.
15. Chris Elder 14. George Watkins 13. Elijah Niko 12. Peter Lucock 11. Myles Thoroughgood 10. Jade Te Rure 9. JB Bruzulier 1. Marc Thomas 2. Dylan Donnellan 3. Sam Nixon 4. Cian Romaine 5 Matt Smith 6. Lewis Wilson 7. Rich Mayhew (c) 8. Dan Temm 16. Joe Buckle 17. Tom Hill 18. Craig Mitchell 19. Josh Bainbridge 20. Antonio Kiri Kiri 21. Sam Wolstenholme 22. Tom Bullough
London Irish have named the team to take on Yorkshire Carnegie in the Championship Cup semi-final at the Madejski Stadium this Sunday (kick-off 1pm). Gordon Reid and Lovejoy Chawatama provide a forceful combination at either side of the front row with leading try-scorer Dave Porecki starting at hooker. Barney Maddison captains the team from the 4 jersey and is joined by the hard-working Sebastian de Chaves in the second row. Max Northcote-Green and Conor Gilsenan give the Exiles pack dynamic ball carrying options from blindside and openside flanker. They are joined by Samoan international Ofisa Treviranus in the back row, who starts at number 8. Scott Steele and Jacob Atkins are set to form an exciting partnership at scrum-half and fly-half respectively, with both looking to put their stamp on the match. Terrence Hepetema and Tom Fowlie link up in the centres to form a physical duo in the heart of the Irish backline. Italian international Luke McLean and the exciting Ben Loader are named on the wings, with Greig Tonks starting at fullback to finalise the back line. Amongst the replacements, Tommy Bell makes a welcome return to the match day squad almost a year on from sustaining an injury.
15 Greig Tonks, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Tom Fowlie, 12 Terrence Hepetema, 11 Luke McLean, 10 Jacob Atkins, 9 Scott Steele, 1 Gordon Reid, 2 Dave Porecki, 3 Lovejoy Chawatama, 4 Barney Maddison ©, 5 Sebastian de Chaves, 6 Max Northcote-Green, 7 Conor Gilsenan, 8 Ofisa Treviranus. Replacements: 16 Ollie Adams, 17 Manasa Saulo, 18 Sam Twomey, 19 Isaac Curtis-Harris, 20 Rory Brand, 21 Tommy Bell, 22 Brendan Mackenpqs: qs:
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