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London Irish name team for Rotherham Titans Clash

17 December 2003

London Irish has announced the following team for its Zurich Premiership away match against Rotherham on Saturday, 20th December 2003, kick-off at 1.00pm at Millmoor Stadium, Rotherham.


15. Michael Horak*;
14. Paul Sackey;
13. Geoff Appleford*;
12. Rob Hoadley;
11. Justin Bishop*;
10. Mark Mapletoft*; 
9. Darren Edwards; 
1. Neal Hatley;
2.Naka Drotske*;
3. Rob Hardwick*; 
4. Ryan Strudwick (Captain);
5. Bob Casey*;
6. Declan Danaher; 
7. Kieron Dawson*; 
8. Phil Murphy*.

Substitutes from:
16. Pierre Durant;
17. Adrian Flavin;
18. Nick Kennedy;
19. Chris Sheasby*;
20. Paul Gustard; 
21. Kevin Barrett; 
22. Matt Cannon;
23. Delon Armitage.

*Denotes International

Head Coach: Gary Gold
Backs Coach: Paul Hull

Team News

There are seven changes to the starting line-up of the team that played Montauban last Sunday. Paul Sackey and Geoff Appleford return on the right wing and at outside centre respectively - Geoff led the England Sevens team to victory in the IRB Sevens in George, South Africa last weekend.   Naka Drotske, Bob Casey, Declan Danaher and Kieron Dawson return in the pack. Unavailable for selection because of injury is Barry Everitt (hamstring).

Looking forward to Saturday's match, Head Coach, Gary Gold said: "Rotherham have been busy over recent weeks strengthening their coaching and playing resources.  We know that we will face a team that is significantly stronger than the one that we played at Madejski Stadium in October.  When you add home advantage to that we know we are in for a demanding return to Premiership action." 

Previous Results - Zurich Premiership 03/04
26.10.03          London Irish 47            Rotherham 26


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