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Tough Test at Irish


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By New Cherry
March 23 2018

London Irish have a new coaching team in place and Glaws will have to be preprared for an onslaught of green shirts anxious to impress.

Of course,  former Ireland Head Coach Declan Kidney and former Ulster Director of Rugby Les Kiss won't be on the pitch for the bottom club, but supporters will  be demanding a postive reaction following the departure of Director of Rugby Nick Kennedy.

To be honest Irish look like a lost cause. With five games left they are a whopping 12 points behind second bottom Wuss who have picked up some form. Mathematically possible, of course, but realistically not.

However, that won't stop them being desperate for five points this week and who knows what our reaction will be?. We're making a handfull of changes as we look to restart the season after the Six Nations distractions by cementing a place in the top four.

That defeat to Falcons ruined our home fecord and set us back so we need five points to put things right.

Johann Akermann brings in Josh Hohneck, James Hanson and John Afoa in the front row  with Lewis Ludlow returning to the back row.

Tom Marshall is in for David Halaifonua on the wing and the centre partnership will see Henry Trinder joining Mark Atkinson in the midfield to complete the changes from the side that lost to Newcastle.

 

Gloucs: 15. Jason Woodward; 14. Charlie Sharples, 13. Henry Trinder, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Tom Marshall; 10. Billy Burns, 9. Willi Heinz (captain); 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. James Hanson, 3. John Afoa; 4. Tom Savage, 5. Mariano Galarza; 6. Jake Polledri, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ruan Ackermann

Reps: Motu Matu'u, Val Rapava Ruskin,  Gareth Denman,  Jeremy Thrush, Freddie Clarke,  Callum Braley, Billy Twelvetrees, Tom Hudson

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