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London Irish 2022/23 home kit revealed!

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London Irish is proud to reveal the Club’s 2022/23 home playing kit, manufactured by BLK.

The jersey features the iconic green colour tones – engraved in London Irish culture and championing the Hiberno-English heritage of the Club.

The fresh design for the 22/23 season incorporates a subtle hooped styling with Gaelic symbology on a traditional green background, completed with red and white trim on the collar to fully incorporate elements of the Club crest into the kit.

For added contrast this year has introduced ‘cool grey’ under-arm and side panels.

Inspired by the grassroots of the Club, the representative players in the kit launch constitute the wide-ranging nature of the banner the Club proudly operates on – one, inclusive Exile Nation.

Home-grown talent Henry Arundell has risen through the ranks of the Academy to first-team Club and international rugby over the last year, Ben White too earning acclaim for his native Scotland with new signings Danilo Fischetti and So’otala Fa’aso’o two of many Exiles hailing from overseas.

With comfort prioritised for maximum results on the playing field, the kit is made from a four-way stretch, Exotek/Lycra material with TriCool technology.

Following the theme of recent seasons, the Home shorts are in contrast to the shirt with a ‘cool grey’ base colour with green side panels which are adorned with ‘Exile Nation’ flag motifs, the socks also marrying greens with a cool grey turnover.

 

With the Club bidding farewell to the iconic ‘Back in Town’ design that has seen Irish through their first two seasons in Brentford, new names are welcomed on board to the Irish family.

Critical Metals plc. become the Exiles’ front-of-shirt sponsor for the upcoming campaign after recently joining the Club’s extensive sponsorship portfolio.

The new Home kit will get its first run-out by the first team squad in the upcoming pre-season fixture away to Munster Rugby this Friday (2nd September).

London Irish Head Coach Les Kiss shared his delight in the launching of the new kit range.

“The team and I at London Irish are delighted with how the kit has turned out, and it’s a pleasure to be working with BLK for another year,” Kiss stated.

“The design embraces our culture and passion here as Exiles, I can’t wait to see the lads run out in the new kit this week.”

In addition to the standard shirt, various enhanced alternatives are also available from personalisation, player specific options and squad signed versions with sizes available from two-years-old to 7XL.

Supporters can now pre-order their own replica kit here, with delivery to the Club expected by mid-September.

Adult Shirts (2XS -7XL) – £59.99

Adult Shorts (2XS – 5XL) – £29.99

Adult Socks – £14.99

Kids Shirts (2yr-14yr) – £39.99

Kids Shorts (4yr-14yr) – £24.99

Kids Socks – £12.99

 

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Salakaia-Loto to leave Saints with immediate effect

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Northampton Saints today confirms that lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto will depart the Club with immediate effect.The 26-year-old second row joined the men in Black, Green and Gold ahead of the 2022/23 season from Queensland Reds.Salakaia-Loto made 24 appearances in total for Saints, scoring twice against Bristol Bears and Harlequins, both at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens.“We’re disappointed to see Lukhan return home to Australia, but he made it clear that, while he has enjoyed every moment of his time as a Saint, his family have not settled so far away from home,” said Director of Rugby, Phil Dowson.

Salakaia-Loto added: “I’m leaving Saints with a heavy heart as I loved my first season representing Northampton and being part of a special group of players here.

“I believe the Club has everything in place to challenge for major silverware in the years ahead, but you have to put your family before everything else, and being on the other side of the world from the rest of our loved ones has been difficult.

“So, we’ve made the decision to return home to Australia, but I’ll always cherish the short time I had in Black, Green and Gold, and how all the Saints supporters welcomed us into this community in Northampton.

“I’m leaving some great teammates and friends, but I hope the boys can kick on again next season – and I’ll be supporting everyone at Saints from afar.”

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Juarno Augustus signs new deal with Northampton Saints

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Northampton Saints can today confirm that Juarno Augustus has put pen to paper on a new contract with the Club.The influential South African No.8 has become a fixture in the first team at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens, making 45 appearances and scoring 13 tries so far in Black, Green and Gold in the two seasons since his arrival in the summer of 2021.At 6’2” and 116kg, Augustus has proven himself to be a back row built for the physical demands of the Gallagher Premiership, demonstrating his powerful and dynamic ball-carrying ability on a regular basis for Saints.During the 2022/23 season, the 25-year-old made more metres with ball in hand than any other forward in the league, while also topping the Premiership rankings in metres made after contact.“We’re delighted to keep Juarno at the Club because of the impact he can have on matches for Northampton Saints,” said Director of Rugby, Phil Dowson.“His ball-carrying ability clearly sets him apart – statistically he is one of the very best in the league – but he has huge desire to get better across the board and is improving all the time; creating more turnovers, offloading more often both before and after contact, being stronger in defence, and jumping in our lineout as well.

Northampton Saints can today confirm that Juarno Augustus has put pen to paper on a new contract with the Club.

The influential South African No.8 has become a fixture in the first team at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens, making 45 appearances and scoring 13 tries so far in Black, Green and Gold in the two seasons since his arrival in the summer of 2021.

At 6’2” and 116kg, Augustus has proven himself to be a back row built for the physical demands of the Gallagher Premiership, demonstrating his powerful and dynamic ball-carrying ability on a regular basis for Saints.

During the 2022/23 season, the 25-year-old made more metres with ball in hand than any other forward in the league, while also topping the Premiership rankings in metres made after contact.

“We’re delighted to keep Juarno at the Club because of the impact he can have on matches for Northampton Saints,” said Director of Rugby, Phil Dowson.

“His ball-carrying ability clearly sets him apart – statistically he is one of the very best in the league – but he has huge desire to get better across the board and is improving all the time; creating more turnovers, offloading more often both before and after contact, being stronger in defence, and jumping in our lineout as well.

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Club announcement: Leigh Jones

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Leicester Tigers can confirm that General Manager Leigh Jones will depart the club in the summer.

Jones joined Tigers in May 2021 from the Hong Kong Rugby Union, where served as National Coach Development Manager and Head Coach before leading the defence and breakdown for the Japanese national team at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He then returned to Hong Kong as Head of High Performance before taking on the role as General Manager of Rugby.

Prior to his tenure at HKRU, he held senior coaching roles with Ebbw Vale, Newport, Newport Gwent Dragons and the Welsh Rugby Union senior team, including leading the Wales ‘A’ programme under Sir Graham Henry.

Jones was the first to hold the role of General Manager at the club, which included responsibility for the off-field performance of Leicester Tigers, including overseeing the Oval Park facility, operational processes and procedures at the training ground, and driving the cultural and performance standards at all levels of the rugby programme, including the academy and senior squads.

In his time at the club, the senior squad were crowned Gallagher Premiership Champions at the conclusion of his first season, reached the quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup in successive campaigns and fell one game short of back-to-back Premiership Finals.

Meanwhile, the academy programme completed a third-place finish in this season’s Premiership Under-18 League.

Speaking about his time at the club, Jones said: “It has been an interesting and enjoyable two years, transitioning back to the UK from Hong Kong into, what was, a new format for me personally in a competition of the Premiership’s standing.”

“It’s been a pleasure and privilege to work with some great staff, players and coaches at Leicester Tigers, helping to establish what I now believe to be a truly integrated and harmonious training platform from which players and coaches can maximise potential.

“While the work that you do goes largely un-noticed, it proves very important in the daily running of the rugby platform in respect of both the ‘here and now’ and also having a keen eye on the future; introducing and maximising systems, structures and player pathways to safeguard the future of the club.

“It has been a great thrill to work closely with the coaching team, many of whom are world class operators, to advise, mentor and simply offer an opinion, when needed.

Speaking further on his tenure, he added: “The results over the two year period have been pleasing; the pinnacle, winning the Gallagher Premiership in 2022, while also reaching the knockout stages of the Premiership and European Champions Cup in two successive seasons.”

“It has also been particularly pleasing this season in how everyone pulled together following the departure of Steve [Borthwick] and Kevin [Sinfield]. Following the initial disruption, Richard Wigglesworth, Aled Walters and the coaching team have done a magnificent job in keeping things on course during what could have been a particularly hazardous period.”

“It has also been great to see a significant international representation through the age-grades, supplying seven players to England U20s for the recent Six Nations and forthcoming U20s World Championship. Because of the attention given to this specific group of players, I believe they are are now first team ready, and will be a great addition to the first team squad next year.

“I am confident Leicester Tigers is in a positive position moving into the future, having assembled a strong squad to compete in both the Premiership and European competitions, with an exciting squad including a host of world-class players and youngsters who are well prepared to make the step up.”

Looking ahead to his own future, Jones said: “I am going to take some time out for my family, including returning home to Wales, after which I will look for the next challenge to throw myself into and contribute to an organisation in the way I have enjoyed so much during this time at Leicester Tigers.”

Outgoing Leicester Tigers Interim Head Coach Richard Wigglesworth added: “Leigh has been a great source of knowledge and experience, as well as a great mentor and friend to me in my time at the club.”

“Firstly, while I was balancing playing and coaching and then, when I moved into the Head Coach role, even more so as a brilliant advisor during my first time in a role of this magnitude.

“The work of a General Manager is largely behind the scenes, ensuring that coaches and players are capable of doing the very best they can because of the thankless work that goes into all that is required and Leigh has done that, every day, of which cannot be spoken highly enough of by myself.

“I am so grateful for all that he has done for me, this club and wish him all the very best in whatever comes next, whoever is the lucky organisation to have him.”

Leicester Tigers CEO Andrea Pinchen added: “Leigh joined Leicester Tigers at a critical point in this club’s history and has, during the past two seasons, provided wonderful experience and guidance to what were a young coaching group and evolving playing squad.”

“In addition to his day-to-day roles, he has played a pivotal role in helping establish strong foundations for which Leicester Tigers can move forward into the future, confident of being competitive through his and his staff’s excellent work.

“I thank him for everything he has done and, on behalf of all at the club and wider Tigers Family, wish him the very best for what is to come.”

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