Toby Booth to stick with London Irish line-upBy Alan Manicom
September 10, 2010
London Irish coach Toby Booth looks set to name an unchanged team for tomorrow’s Aviva Premiership clash against Bath.
The Exiles boss is set to reward the players who performed so well in last Saturday’s 33-16 win over Saracens in the London Double Header at Twickenham.
Sailosi Tagicakibau was a slight doubt earlier in the week, but is expected to shake off an ankle sprain, while George Stowers will continue at No. 8 in the absence of the injured Chris Hala’Ufia.
Versatile back Tom Homer is in contention for a place on the replacements bench after recovering from a knock.
But he faces strong competition as last weekend’s replacements played their part in an impressive victory over highly fancied Saracens.
Booth was particularly pleased with the contribution of his 23-man squad, saying: “We were ambitious in how we wanted to play. We were very defensively resilient and we were very clever in some of the things we did. It was very representative of us as a group.”
Exiles will again look to half-backs Paul Hodgson and Ryan Lamb to control proceedings.
Booth said: “Dodge and Ryan pulled the strings and pushed us around into the right places and gave other people the opportunity to show what they’re good at.”
A record crowd is expected as Bath hosts its first competitive match since the Rec’s capacity was increased to more than 12,000.
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