London Irish Director of Rugby Declan Kidney welcomes Ofisa Treviranus back into his Exiles side for Saturday’s Greene King IPA Championship trip to Coventry Rugby (kick-off 3pm).
Treviranus is named at No. 8 after helping Samoa qualify for the 2019 World Cup this summer, while there are also starts for Jake Schatz and Blair Cowan at blindside and openside flanker respectively.
Scrum-half Scott Steele partners Stephen Myler at the heart of an Exiles backline, which sees Tom Parton retain his place at full-back after impressing during last week’s 29-20 victory over Bedford Blues.
Though his side recorded wins against Ealing, Nottingham and Bedford, Declan Kidney knows a stern test awaits his side at Coventry:
“Coventry have not lost a home game for just over a year and we know that we are going to a real rugby venue. We will have to be at the top of our game to come away with a positive result.”
London Irish Team:
15. Tom Parton, 14. Topsy Ojo, 13. Brendan Macken, 12. Tom Stephenson, 11. Luke McLean, 10. Stephen Myler, 9. Scott Steele.
- Gordon Reid, 2. Dave Porecki, 3. Ollie Hoskins, 4. Josh McNally (captain), 5. Teofilo Paulo, 6. Jake Schatz, 7. Blair Cowan, 8. Ofisa Treviranus.
London Irish Replacements:
16. Saia Fainga’a, 17. Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 18. Patric Cilliers, 19. Barney Maddison, 20. Matt Rogerson, 21. Ben Meehan, 22. Bryce Campbell.