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PREVIEW: London Irish name unchanged team for Leicester trip

Tom Fowlie
Tom Fowlie has retained his starting spot (Pic by Steve Smyth)

London Irish have named an unchanged side for their trip to Leicester Tigers tomorrow.

The Exiles came agonisingly close to ending their losing streak last time out with a 20-15 home defeat to Newcastle Falcons at Madejski Stadium.

Now 10 points adrift at the foot of the Premiership table, this is the last chance to make up some ground before European and cup action takes over for four weeks.

New signings Arno Botha and Piet van Zyl will not be rushed into action but will watch on from the stands.

Greig Tonks kicked over five penalties against Newcastle

“We were much improved last week against Newcastle and I’m looking for us to kick on tomorrow at Welford Road,” said director of rugby Nick Kennedy.

“We’ve addressed a few things in training and we will need to concentrate for the full 80 minutes against a very good Leicester side.

“Welford Road is a fantastic place to play rugby and the lads are relishing the prospect of playing in front of a very vocal crowd.”

He added: “Arno and Piet only arrived at the club yesterday after a long flight from Johannesburg, so it would be too early to throw them in for the Leicester game”

LONDON IRISH XV: Tonks, Cokanasiga, Fowlie, J. Williams, Lewington, Marshall, Steele, Reid, Fainga’a, du Plessis, van der Merwe, Paulo, Coman (c), Northcote-Green, Treviranus.

Reps: Woolstencroft, Franks, Hoskins, De Chaves, Cowan, McKibbin, Brophy Clews, Tikoirotuma.

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