DECLAN Kidney said it was 'job done' for London Irish after their 46-7 Good Friday win at Richmond secured the Greene King Ipa Championship with a game to spare.

Exiles ran in eight tries at a sun-kissed Athletic Ground, ensuring an immediate return to the Gallagher Premiership at the first time of asking with their final league game of the season against runners-up Ealing Trailfinders at Madejski Stadium this Saturday (3pm).

And reflecting on the campaign, Kidney commented: “We played well enough and got the job done; we’ve played better, and we know we are going to have to play at those higher standards in the next two games against Ealing.

"However, the result was all important and we managed to achieve that.”

He continued: “Because it was a winner take all league, every team went out there and played well against us. Every match for us was like a cup final for the opposition, so we had to try and sustain ourselves at that level and it’s a testament to our squad that we did.

“Ten minutes into the second half of the first game of the season against Ealing we knew how important that was, Ben Meehan tapped and went to score and that was an important moment. The match against Coventry, they were ahead of us. That was another one where I thought we did well to come away with four points."

Meanwhile, club legend Topsy Ojo has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

The former England wing is the club's all-time most capped player having made more than 300 appearances, and is also the top try-scorer in Irish history.

Having spent 16 years at the club, he admitted: “It has been a privilege to play for this club since 2003 and I’m grateful that I’ve been able to do so for so long.”

“I’m very proud of the milestones and the records I’ve achieved that will hopefully stand for a long long, time. I am also delighted that the club is back in the now named Gallagher Premiership with a positive future on the horizon, and even though I won’t be on the pitch anymore, hopefully I can continue to make an impact off it.

“I’ll be moving into a commercial position as I take on an ambassadorial role for the club as it gets ready to move to its new home at the Brentford Community Stadium next summer. There are also other opportunities which will be announced in due course, so there is still plenty to keep me busy with the club.

“I would like to thank all the supporters who have been brilliant since the day I started as well as the coaches and teammates who I’ve worked with over the years. Thank you to my wife, my kids, my parents and my brothers for all their love and support through it all. Rugby has allowed me to do so much and hopefully I’ve been able to give back and leave a mark in some way.”