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England U20 pair Low and Joseph earn new Exiles deals

02 March 2011

  • Low, Joseph, Garvery, Gibson and Lahiff all sign new deals
  • We are very proud of our academy – Toby Booth
Kieran Low in action with England U20

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England U20 duo Kieran Low and Jonathan Joseph have signed new deals with London Irish to keep them at the club for another two-years.  Matt Garvey, Jamie Gibson and Max Lahiff have also signed contract extensions with the Exiles.

Low, a 6ft 6in lock, joined Irish in 2009 from Chichester and has gone on to play for England U20 in their victories over Wales and France in this year's 6 Nations. Low has started two of the last three Premiership games in the second row alongside Nick Kennedy, performing outstandingly well.

Joseph, 19, has the highest profile among the group - and since his debut last year against the Cardiff Blues, has caught the eye by scoring seven tries in just 20 appearances.

Joseph, who can play on the wing, in the centres or at full-back, couples his attacking prowess with a solid defensive game, with his displays earning an England U20 call-up.

London Irish head coach Toby Booth said: "We are very proud of our academy and our academy products. These boys epitomise what we are about.

Delighted to continue their development – Booth

“We are delighted that we can continue their developments which will drive their rugby progress and London Irish further. They have all played first XV rugby, and played well, and will certainly figure at that level going forward."

Garvey, 23, has broken through this season and before sustaining an injury had been challenging regularly for a starting spot in the second row. His aggressive defence and effective ball carrying has led to stellar performances on the field, prompting regular praise from Booth.

After some dynamic performances in the A League this season, Gibson, 20, has forced his way into the first team. Gibson joined the academy from Marlborough College in 2009 and has played for England at both U18 and U20 level.

Lahiff made his first-team debut against London Wasps in 2009 and has featured several times in the Premiership, Heineken Cup and the LV=Cup. Lahiff is physically very imposing for 21-year-old and has made a big impression on the senior players at the club.

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