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WHAT’S ON: London Irish v Worcester Warriors

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Gallagher Premiership Rugby is back! London Irish will host Worcester Warriors at the Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday 10 September (kick-off 3pm). Here’s all you need to know ahead of the day:

TICKETS:

  • Tickets are on sale from £20 for adults and £10 for kids – book online here.
  • Family tickets consisting of two adults and two child/juniors are available in the North Stand corner blocks for just £50.
  • Hospitality is available to book in a variety of lounges, starting from £100 + VAT per person in the 1898 Club including the chance to meet the players post-match! Email [email protected] for more information.
  • Group discounts are available for 10 or more adults, email [email protected]
  • All ticket prices increase by £3 on match day. The Ticket Office at the stadium will be open from midday.
  • Match tickets can either be sent via email as PDF’s that can be printed or displayed on your phone, or accessed through the London Irish App. Instructions for how to use the app can be found here.

TRAVELLING TO THE GAME:

  • Parking is available to book through the Club’s parking partner, EST, at Chiswick Business Park or Our Lady and St John’s School for £15, or Lionel Road School for £20. Parking must be booked in advance by clicking here.
  • There are several bicycle racks available for use at the stadium. You can find space for 88 bicycles in the racks in the North West corner of the ground next to the stairs, and 98 by the bridge linking Capital Interchange Way to the back of the East Stand.
  • Please note there will be no trains stopping at Kew Bridge station on Saturday. A replacement bus service will run between Barnes and Feltham via Hounslow.

BEFORE THE GAME:

  • Gates open at 1.30pm.
  • The London Irish Fan Store will be open from 9.30am until 45 minutes following the final whistle, selling a wide range of clothing and merchandise. Unfortunately the 2022/23 home and away replica kit is not yet in stock, but some of the new BLK training and leisure kit will be available to buy including hoodies, trackies and jackets.
  • The 301 Bar will be open at the back of the East Stand before and after the game.
  • If previous encounters are anything to go by, the match is set to be full of drama. So what’s more appropriate than munching on popcorn during the game?! Courtesy of our friends PROPER Snacks, we’ll be handing out FREE bags of popcorn to all supporters before the match (while stocks last!) Grab yours from behind the East Stand, near to the 301 Bar or in the Family Zone in the North/West concourse.
  • The match day programme will be on sale from sellers situated in the North West corner, South East corner and near the Ticket Office.
  • Paul Bowen will be performing live in the bowl before the match.
  • We welcome members of London Irish Amateur Rugby Club to the match as part of our ‘One Club’ day. The junior members, as well as players from other local clubs, will be taking part in a parade around the pitch before the game – give them a cheer!
  • Grab a drink or bite to eat from one of the concourse kiosks. All four stands contain both Fitzy’s Kitchen and Four Province’s Bars, which contain the following items:

Fitzy’s Kitchen:

  • Hot Drinks (Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate)
  • Soft Drinks (Still Water, Coke Zero, Sprite Zero, Oasis Zero)
  • Carlsberg (can)
  • London Pride (bottle)
  • Cornish Orchards Cider (bottle)
  • Hot Pies (Chicken Balti, Moroccan Tomato & Chickpea) & Sausage Rolls
  • Lamb Shawarma                           
  • Texan BBQ Chicken Burger       
  • Grilled Falafel Flatbread             
  • Hot dogs                                           
  • Pizza Margherita                           
  • Pizza Pepperoni                                            
  • Confectionary

Certain food items are not available in every kitchen but can be accessed throughout the East, North and West stands.

Four Provinces Bar:

  • Grolsch Pilsner (draught)
  • Guinness (draught)
  • London Pride (bottle)
  • Cornish Orchards Cider (bottle)
  • Viper Hard Seltzer Lime (can) 330ml                               
  • Hedgerow Merlot 187ml                            
  • Hedgerow Sauvignon bl. 187ml               
  • Peroni 0% (bottle)
  • Soft Drinks (Still Water, Coke Zero, Sprite Zero, Oasis Zero)
  • Hot Pies & Sausage Rolls
  • Confectionary

Please note the Brentford Community Stadium is a cashless stadium and only contactless payments will be accepted.

HALF-TIME

  • We’ll be introducing a new half-time competition, High Ball Hopefuls! Two competitors will test their skill under the high ball to win a great prize. The winner then has the chance to gamble and win another prize or lose everything! Find out more and sign up here.
  • Paul Bowen will be back performing live at half-time.
  • Please note the Brentford Community Stadium is a no smoking stadium. Supporters will not be re-admitted if they leave the ground to smoke.

AFTER THE GAME

  • Join us in The Craic after the game, with live music and bar open until 7.30pm. Find The Craic in the Dugout bar.
  • To access the Dugout bar, supporters will need to leave the stadium via their closest exit and make their way to Gate B. Access to the Dugout bar is subject to capacity and on a first come first served basis. Supporters in the Platinum areas have direct access to the Dugout bar from their seats.
  • The Paul Bowen Band will be performing live in The Craic to keep the party going!
  • After the Dugout closes, why not visit one of our Pub Partners in the local area? Head to our dedicated Pub Partner page to find out which pubs we recommend and any special offers for London Irish supporters!
  • Just over the road you’ll find One Over The Ait – a regular hangout for London Irish supporters before and after the game. With a great food and drinks menu it’s worth a visit, London Irish supporters can save 10% on food and drink by using the code EXILE10.
  • If you plan to stay overnight near the stadium, London Irish’s Official Hotel Partner Clayton Hotel Chiswick is a ten minute walk from the stadium and offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi, fitness suite and an onsite bar and restaurant. London Irish Members are eligible for a 15% discount on accommodation – book by calling 020 8996 5200.
  • An alternative accommodation option is the Coach & Horses Pub on Kew Green. The Coach & Horses has 31 botanical inspired boutique hotel rooms and is a stone’s throw from the BCS. London Irish supporters can save 10% on booking a room. Click here, select ‘business stay’ and use the corporate code LIRISH.
  • For something a bit more special, our Official Restaurant Partner, Gaucho, has a restaurant just down the road in Richmond. Situated on the bank of the River Thames, the Argentinian steakhouse serves some of the finest beef in the world as part of a broader menu, with an impressive wine selection to match. London Irish Members are eligible for a 25% discount off their food bill by quoting ‘London Irish’ when booking by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 3281 6682.

WHAT’S NEW THIS SEASON

  • Brentford Football Club have installed barriers in the corners of each stand which separate the stands. This means that it is no longer possible to walk between stands inside the bowl.
  • You may notice that the cost of food and drink in the stadium has increased slightly. Unfortunately, these are unavoidable price rises implemented by the stadium’s catering company in line with inflation and is out of the Club’s control.

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Match Report: Bath Rugby 31-39 Wasps

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Match summary – Bath Rugby 31-39 Wasps

Bath Rugby took away a try-bonus point from a game which saw them make a much improved effort in the second half, but Wasps held on to victory at the death. 

In a game of two halves, the visitors raced into 25-0 lead before Matt Gallagher’s converted try on his home debut just before half-time. 

Jacob Umaga added two penalties late in the first half but it was Bath who rallied and showed a lot of fight to score a further three tries through Tom Dunn (2) and Jonathan Joseph.  

Piers Francis’ penalty made it five-point game late on as Bath pushed to win the game but a last-gasp kick from Umaga meant they had to settle for just one point.


TEAM NEWS

Johann van Graan made eight changes to his starting XV with a new half-back pairing in the form of Louis Schreuder and Orlando Bailey both getting their first starts of the season. 

Also getting their first run out of 2022/23 at were Miles Reid, Max Ojomoh and Quinn Roux – the latter making his Blue, Black and White debut.

Wasps put both Willis brothers – Jack and Tom – in their back row, while England international Joe Launchbury continued as captain.

Bath Rugby: 15 Matt Gallagher, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Max Ojomoh, 11 Will Muir, 10 Orlando Bailey, 9 Louis Schreuder; 1 Lewis Boyce, 2 Tom Dunn ©, 3 Will Stuart, 4 Dave Attwood, 5 Josh McNally, 6 Miles Reid, 7 Chris Cloete, 8 Richard de Carpentier

Replacements: 16 Tom Doughty, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Aranos Coetzee, 19 Quinn Roux, 20 GJ van Velze, 21 Max Green, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Josh Bayliss

Wasps: 15 Jacob Umaga, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 Sam Spink, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Charlie Atkinson, 9 Will Porter; 1 Tom West, 2 Dan Frost, 3 Biyi Alo, 4 Joe Launchbury (c), 5 Kiran McDonald, 6 Nizaam Carr, 7 Jack Willis, 8 Tom Willis

Replacements: 16 Gabriel Oghre, 17 Robin Hislop, 18 John Ryan, 19 Tim Cardall, 20 Ben Morris, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Ryan Mills, 23 Zach Kibirige


FIRST HALF

Bath started the game brightly and were the better side in the first 10 minutes and brought physicality in both attack and defence – captain Dunn and Miles Reid leading from the front. 

But it was Umaga who grabbed the game’s opening points with two penalties in as many minutes and three tries in quick succession earned Wasps a solid scoreline advantage. 

Josh Bassett collected his own kick to dot down in the corner before Jack Willis’ close range burrow was confirmed by the TMO. Scrum-half Will Porter finished off a smart handling move to make it 25-0 on the half-hour mark. 

Just shy of the halfway mark, Bath did manage to string an impressive phase together to cross the whitewash. Orlando Bailey spotted a gap and sent a rampaging Will Muir on his way and the wing fed Gallagher in for his first try in Bath colours.

Umaga further added to his tally with two penalties as the first-half clocked ticked down.

SECOND HALF

Schreuder was unfortunate to be sin binned early in the second half and Wasps made the most of their man advantage with Bassett crossing for his second.

However, the Blue, Black and White were cheered on by The Rec in full voice and captain Dunn soon came through the back of a well-driven maul to score Bath’s second.  

Bailey converted with aplomb to close the gap and having found some momentum, and with the impact players putting their stamp on the game, Joseph soon came crashing over the line with a bit of neat footwork to score next to the posts.

Holding off Wasps with hard hits and strong carries, Dunn scored once again from the back of a maul, earning Bath a try bonus point, and hope of a comeback was well and truly in the air.

Francis put Bath in with a chance of securing victory with a penalty, making it 36-31 with moments to play, but with the clock ticking down, Umaga snatched away a second Bath point with a penalty to end the game at 39-31 to the away side.

An encouraging show of fight in the second 40 and something to build for Bath as they head to London Irish in Round 4.


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Press Conference Notes 23.09.22

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Director of Rugby Steve Diamond spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Newcastle Falcons at Sixways (3pm).

Here’s what Steve had to say:

Is the club in administration?

  • I can’t confirm that, no. I have heard the same rumours.
  • Whether it’s convenience or good timing or poor timing, the public liability insurances for the club are up on Monday so we are in limbo from then anyhow.
  • If there’s no public liability insurance we won’t be able to train at the stadium. We will have to train off-site.
  • Something will have to happen either the said investor who is negotiating or administration.

What did you make of Robin Walker MP’s speech?

  • I thought it was an excellent debate – it’s the first time my name has been mentioned in Parliament by the way.
  • He was very passionate and it was what people want to see and hear, some facts and some honesty.
  • We have been in this period of near-purgatory for some time now and it seems to be coming to a head with us potentially being suspended on Monday.

Have you heard from the owners?

  • I had a text on Sunday but that has been it.
  • Because I have not had any dialogue with them I can’t speak for them. But it would be bizarre to let a business go into real uncharted waters by having a team suspended because they can’t pay the insurance cover in case people slip in the stands. It would also be unprofessional.
  • I don’t know how we have got this position. It’s sad and it’s diabolical that it’s been allowed to walk itself to the graveyard virtually. I never thought it would get to this position, but it has.
  • The rugby for the players and the staff – most of them are volunteering now – is a welcome relief.
  • The result is unimportant to me. Just getting 23 lads out to give it their best shot is all I’m interested in.
  • If people had the same mindset behind the scenes that I have then we wouldn’t be in the situation we are in now.

Have you ever though it’s not worth it?

  • No, not even today. If the right people come in with the right vision then it will be a success.
  • It’s been run poorly, incredibly badly, and it needs re-booting. At least I have had six months to work out how badly it has been run.
  • With a fair wind behind us and some serious finance in reserve – not to use on celebrity names in the playing staff – just to reboot the club from Academy to the top. You wouldn’t need to be Warren Buffet to do that.
  • We need to build relationships with the rugby club across the road where there is no relationship – which I find ridiculous.
  • The local community have shown what they are about in bucketloads. I’ve had personal messages from sponsors, potential sponsors and potential investors. Everyone wants it to work and that’s where I get my enthusiasm from.

What are your over-riding emotions?

  • I don’t feel let-down. I have had the foresight to see that, for whatever reason, there has been no financial control and no real graft in the business.
  • Every rugby club had to take emergency steps through the Covid period with DCMS and HMRC allowing payment windows.
  • But you have to stay on-side with these people. Generally that comes from being a good communicator and as we have seen over the past month that has been very poor.
  • If it’s very poor with people who give blood for them on a Saturday afternoon then you can only imagine it being a lot worse to people at the end of a phone.

How are the players mentally?

  • They are remarkably good. We had a good chat again this morning and the over-riding mentality is that we want to play the game.
  • For the right reasons. We are in the political window but I don’t want the team to be in that position. I can handle that position.
  • It does put pressure on by us playing because the staff are working for nothing, the volunteers have been fantastic and we get so much goodwill that if we don’t play the attention will come onto the team and that’s not what we are about.
  • But if the deadline is not met by the powers-that-be on Monday then we will be suspended.

How long might you be suspended for?

  • There are some assurances that it wouldn’t be fatal. But you can’t have a team not playing for five or six weeks and then put them back in again.
  • I am assuming if we are suspended and we do go into administration then it will be a two or three week process. We could be playing after the break when we have a bye week in two weeks’ time.
  • The disappointing thing is how this has kept going and meandered. I asked the RPA this morning whether they had jumped in now because the insurance is up on Monday.
  • We are playing with a lot of livelihoods and 70 per cent of those livelihoods haven’t been fully paid.

Injuries

  • Ted Hill is nearly there with his hamstring but we don’t want to risk him.
  • Renato Giammarioli is waiting on his visa.

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Ludlam, Lawes, Biggar and Freeman make Saints return for 250th Derby

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Director of Rugby Phil Dowson has made seven changes to his Northampton Saints side to take on Leicester Tigers on Saturday, with four internationals in Lewis Ludlam, Courtney Lawes, Dan Biggar and Tommy Freeman all returning to the starting line-up.The men in Black, Green and Gold take on their local rivals in the first East Midlands Derby of the 2022/23 season – and the 250th ever played in a milestone clash at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens.Saints lost all three meetings between the sides last term, including an evenly-contested Gallagher Premiership semi-final, but will be hoping to replicate the sort of form which has seen Northampton win their last five league matches on home soil (the Club’s longest winning run at the Gardens since 2015).Club captain Lewis Ludlam returns for the first time this season for Saints in the back row and is joined by England captain Courtney Lawes, with the pair having completed their rest period following the summer’s international tour to Australia.No.8 Juarno Augustus – who has driven through more metres in contact than any other Premiership player in the league’s opening two rounds – completes the back row, while Alex Coles moves up into the engine room to partner Australian lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto.There are changes to Northampton’s front row too; Sam Matavesi continues at hooker but props Emmanuel Iyogun and Alfie Petch both earn their first starts of the season to pack down either side of the Fiji international.Wales skipper Biggar (who was due to return in last weekend’s victory over London Irish before illness ruled him out of the clash) pulls on the No.10 jersey for the hosts, with the Premiership’s player-of-the-round Alex Mitchell continuing at scrum-half.Fraser Dingwall returns from injury to take his place in the starting line-up, prompting a reshuffle in Saints’ backline as Matt Proctor moves to the wing and Rory Hutchinson continues at inside centre.England internationals George Furbank and Tommy Freeman round off the back three for Northampton for the crucial clash, with the likes of Tom James, Paul Hill, Angus Scott-Young and Tom Collins all primed to make an impact off the bench.A small number of tickets remain for the East Midlands Derby, with prices starting from £42 adult / £12 child*. Please CLICK HERE to purchase now.NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERSGallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 3Saturday 24 September 2022cinch Stadium at Franklin’s GardensKick-off: 3pm15 George Furbank14 Tommy Freeman13 Fraser Dingwall12 Rory Hutchinson11 Matt Proctor10 Dan Biggar9 Alex Mitchell1 Emmanuel Iyogun2 Sam Matavesi3 Alfie Petch4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto5 Alex Coles6 Courtney Lawes7 Lewis Ludlam (c)8 Juarno AugustusReplacements:16 Mike Haywood17 Ethan Waller18 Paul Hill19 Alex Moon20 Angus Scott-Young21 Tom James22 James Grayson23 Tom CollinsNot considered for selection:Matthew Arden, Callum Burns, James Fish, Joseph Gaffan, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Alex Waller and Karl Wilkins.Referee: Karl DicksonAssistant referees: Dan Jones and Jamie LeahyNo.4: Dean RichardsTMO: Stuart Terheege* All ticket prices are subject to a £1.50 booking fee. Please note, ticket prices rise by £3 per ticket if purchased on matchday.

Director of Rugby Phil Dowson has made seven changes to his Northampton Saints side to take on Leicester Tigers on Saturday, with four internationals in Lewis Ludlam, Courtney Lawes, Dan Biggar and Tommy Freeman all returning to the starting line-up.

The men in Black, Green and Gold take on their local rivals in the first East Midlands Derby of the 2022/23 season – and the 250th ever played in a milestone clash at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens.

Saints lost all three meetings between the sides last term, including an evenly-contested Gallagher Premiership semi-final, but will be hoping to replicate the sort of form which has seen Northampton win their last five league matches on home soil (the Club’s longest winning run at the Gardens since 2015).

Club captain Lewis Ludlam returns for the first time this season for Saints in the back row and is joined by England captain Courtney Lawes, with the pair having completed their rest period following the summer’s international tour to Australia.

No.8 Juarno Augustus – who has driven through more metres in contact than any other Premiership player in the league’s opening two rounds – completes the back row, while Alex Coles moves up into the engine room to partner Australian lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto.

There are changes to Northampton’s front row too; Sam Matavesi continues at hooker but props Emmanuel Iyogun and Alfie Petch both earn their first starts of the season to pack down either side of the Fiji international.

Wales skipper Biggar (who was due to return in last weekend’s victory over London Irish before illness ruled him out of the clash) pulls on the No.10 jersey for the hosts, with the Premiership’s player-of-the-round Alex Mitchell continuing at scrum-half.

Fraser Dingwall returns from injury to take his place in the starting line-up, prompting a reshuffle in Saints’ backline as Matt Proctor moves to the wing and Rory Hutchinson continues at inside centre.

England internationals George Furbank and Tommy Freeman round off the back three for Northampton for the crucial clash, with the likes of Tom James, Paul Hill, Angus Scott-Young and Tom Collins all primed to make an impact off the bench.

A small number of tickets remain for the East Midlands Derby, with prices starting from £42 adult / £12 child*. Please CLICK HERE to purchase now.

NORTHAMPTON SAINTS vs LEICESTER TIGERS
Gallagher Premiership Rugby, Round 3
Saturday 24 September 2022
cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens
Kick-off: 3pm

15 George Furbank
14 Tommy Freeman
13 Fraser Dingwall
12 Rory Hutchinson
11 Matt Proctor
10 Dan Biggar
9 Alex Mitchell

1 Emmanuel Iyogun
2 Sam Matavesi
3 Alfie Petch
4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
5 Alex Coles
6 Courtney Lawes
7 Lewis Ludlam (c)
8 Juarno Augustus

Replacements:
16 Mike Haywood
17 Ethan Waller
18 Paul Hill
19 Alex Moon
20 Angus Scott-Young
21 Tom James
22 James Grayson
23 Tom Collins

Not considered for selection:
Matthew Arden, Callum Burns, James Fish, Joseph Gaffan, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, Alex Waller and Karl Wilkins.

Referee: Karl Dickson
Assistant referees: Dan Jones and Jamie Leahy
No.4: Dean Richards
TMO: Stuart Terheege

* All ticket prices are subject to a £1.50 booking fee. Please note, ticket prices rise by £3 per ticket if purchased on matchday.

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