Japan summon inner Sonny Bill Williams with scintillating offload for first try

Japan summon inner Sonny Bill Williams with scintillating offload for first try

What a fantastic try and offload here from Japan.

Really much champagne rugby now from the men in red and white. We love that.

 

Exiles name squad for World Cup opener

London Irish has named its squad that is set to travel to Gloucester in the opening round of the Premiership Rugby Cup tomorrow afternoon (kick-off 3pm).

Harry Elrington, Ross McMillian and Lovejoy Chawatama make up the front row, with Barney Maddison partnering debutant George Nott in the second row.

Conor Gilsenan is named at blindside flanker as Blair Cowan captains the team from openside flank. Fiji international Albert Tuisue completes the pack from number 8.

Scrum-half Scott Steele and fly-half Stephen Myler make up the half-backs, with Terrence Hepetema starts at inside centre and Australian international Curtis Rona is set to make his first London Irish appearance wearing the 13 jersey.

Ollie Hassell-Collins and Matt Williams are named on the wings, with Tom Parton, who returns from a lengthy injury, starting at full-back.

“The players have gone through an extended pre-season and are looking forward to the first game of the season” said Declan Kidney, director of rugby.

“Blair Cowan captains the team for tomorrow’s match and it gives the opportunity for some of our new arrivals to put on the Exiles shirt for the first time in a competitive fixture.”

Exiles squad:

15 Tom Parton, 14 Matt Williams, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Terrence Hepetema, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Scott Steele, 1 Harry Elrington, 2 Ross McMillian, 3 Lovejoy Chawatama, 4 Barney Maddison, 5 George Nott, 6 Conor Gilsenan, 7 Blair Cowan ©, 8 Albert Tuisue