- Heineken Cup crunch game switched to Twickenham
- More than 40,000 expected to watch two Irish rugby powerhouses battle it out
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London Irish will play their Heineken Cup group game against Leinster at Twickenham stadium on Saturday, January 23.
Rugby fans have been urged to secure their seats well in advance for the showdown between Guinness Premiership high-flyers London Irish and last year’s European Champions Leinster.
The game, which kicks off at 6.00pm, promises to be THE fixture of the final weekend of the Heineken Cup qualification stages. London Irish and Leinster are neck and neck at the top of Pool 6 and chasing an automatic spot in the quarter-finals.
London Irish captain and former Leinster player Bob Casey said: “We’re going head to head again with a formidable team who share our belief in playing the game in an attacking way and it promises to be 80 minutes of rugby at its best. Both sides have really found their form of late and so we’re expecting a big crowd for what should be an excellent match.
“Going to Twickenham Stadium is always an amazing experience for players and supporters alike and we’re sure that the atmosphere is going to be fantastic.”
London Irish will be looking for a repeat of their superb 12-9 win against the Heineken Cup holders on their home territory in Dublin back in October. The club is aiming to make the quarter-finals for the first time since dramatically reaching the last four of Europe’s premier club competition two years ago.
Playing at Twickenham
The club has been forced to switch the fixture from the Madejski Stadium to Twickenham Stadium due to the possibility of Reading Football Club, who share the Reading based stadium, playing against Burnley in the FA Cup Fourth Round on the same day.
Casey said: “Of course it is a shame that we won’t be able to play at our home ground, the Madejski Stadium, but we are really excited that more people will be able to come and watch what will be a massive match for both clubs.”
London Irish head coach Toby Booth added: “There have been a lot of club games played in big stadiums recently and this fixture is certainly worthy of the biggest stage.
“We love playing our rugby at our home in Reading, but this change of location was unavoidable and we’re delighted that more of our fans can come and support us on what promises to be an excellent evening of top class rugby.”
Tickets from £20 for adults (Children from £7 and concessions from £10) are available to purchase online through RFU.com or from Ticketmaster on 0844 847 2492. All tickets are subject to availability.