Corbisiero and Garvey start for London Irish against Edinburgh
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Alex Corbisiero will start for London Irish this Saturday.
LONDON Irish have made three changes for their Heineken Cup opener against Edinburgh at the Madejski this Saturday (1.30pm ko).
James Buckland is joined in the front row by Alex Corbisiero and Paulica Ion while Nick Kennedy and Matt Garvey will form the second row partnership as Bryn Evans moves to the back row.
Ross Samson starts against his former club at number nine, with Paul Hodgson on the bench.
Scotland international Joe Ansbro is not included in the starting line-up but Canadian Jebb Sinclair begins the match at number eight.
London Irish head coach Toby Booth said: "If you want to progress out of the group stages in this competition you have to win your home games, starting tomorrow.
"As I have said previously, all four teams in the group look to play an exciting brand of rugby so it should make for an entertaining spectacle."
Irish team: 15. Tom Homer; 14.Topsy Ojo; 13. Steven Shingler; 12.Shontayne Hape; 11.Adam Thompstone; 10. Dan Bowden (Captain); 9. Ross Samson; 1.Alex Corbisiero; 2. James Buckland; 3.Paulica Ion; 4. Nick Kennedy; 5. Matt Garvey; 6. Bryn Evans; 7.Jamie Gibson; 8. Jebb Sinclair.
Replacements: 16. Brian Blaney; 17. Max Lahiff; 18.Faan Rautenbach; 19. James Sandford; 20. Richard Thorpe; 21. Joe Ansbro; 22. Adrian Jarvis; 23.Paul Hodgson.
This article appeared in Reading Chronicle 11 Nov 11