FULL TIME: London Irish 37-14 Yorkshire Carnegie

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  • JACOB Atkins will make his first start at fly-half for London Irish in this afternoon's British & Irish Cup quarter final against Yorkshire Carnegie at Madejski Stadium (2pm ko).
  • The Redingensians Rams loanee will form a half-back partnership with experienced number nine, Darren Allinson.
  • Elswehere, Ben Ransom starts at full-back, while Canadian international Ciaran Hearn and Ross Neal occupy the centre berths.
  • Dotting down 77-times during a fruitful career, club record try-scorer Topsy Ojo also gets the nod, with promising youngster Matt Williams on the other wing.
  • Harry Elrington, Todd Gleave and Ollie Hoskins pack down in the front-row, with Will Lloyd and Josh McNally providing industry in the second-row.
  • Skipper Luke Narraway, Conor Gilsenan and Senitiki Nayalo inject power to the back-row as the Exiles look to book their place in the last four of the competition.
  • Impressive away wins against Ospreys Premier Select and Connacht Eagles in the pool stages have gone some way to securing Irish a place in the knockout stages.
  • Exiles Director of Rugby Nick Kennedy said: “As part of our rotation policy, the tournament has enabled us to give a number of players some much needed game time, which has stimulated competition for places throughout the season.
  • “The performances in the cup have been very good and I’m looking forward to seeing how the lads do this weekend against a well organised Yorkshire Carnegie outfit.
  • “We’ve had another excellent week of training and the lads are in good shape for what promises to be a very tough encounter against last season’s British and Irish Cup runners up.”
  • Irish go into the clash brimming with confidence, having won 20-14 at Yorkshire Carnegie last weekend to make it 16 Greene King IPA Championship wins in a row.
  • London Irish: 15 Ben Ransom, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Ciaran Hearn, 12 Ross Neal, 11 Matt Williams, 10 Jacob Atkins, 9 Darren Allinson, 1 Harry Elrington, 2 Todd Gleave, 3 Ollie Hoskins, 4 Will Lloyd, 5 Josh McNally, 6 Luke Narraway (c), 7 Conor Gilsenan, 8 Senitiki Nayalo.
  • Replacements: 16 Dave Porecki, 17 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 18 Austin Hay, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Jerry Sexton, 21 Rory Brand, 22 Connor Murphy
  • Yorkshire Carnegie: 15 Stevie McColl, 14 Tom Arscott, 13 Oli Goss (c), 12 Warren Seals, 11 Taylor Prell, 10 Sam Allan, 9 Max Green; 1 Matt Beesley, 2 Mike Mayhew, 3 Sione Faletau, 4 Dean Schofield; 5 Matt Smith, 6 Lewis Wilson, 7 Josh Bainbridge
  • 8 Brandon Staples.
  • Replacements: 16 Jordon Poole, 17 Charlie Beech, 18 James Thraves, 19 Dan Sanderson, 20 Guy Borrowdale, 21 Harry Davey,
  • 22 Louis Brown.


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