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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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Baxter issues Moon injury update

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By Mark Stevens
26/1/23

Rob Baxter says he cannot give a timescale as to when prop Ben Moon will return to the Exeter Chiefs match-day squad.

The 33-year-old forward is currently Exeter’s longest-serving player, having made his debut in 2008 away to Sedgley Park, and is the last remaining member of their 2009-10 promotion squad.

The England international, however, has not featured for the Devon club since coming off the bench against Munster in last April’s Heineken Champions Cup clash at Sandy Park.

Asked by the media this week about Moon, the Chiefs’ Director of Rugby said: “I wouldn’t hold out hope that he’s going to be appearing soon. It’s been a challenge for Ben for a little period of time now, it’s not just been this season.

“He’s had periods in and out with it, it’s something that’s been affecting him for a little while and because of what it is we just have to be very careful with it.”

Moon has featured in all six of Exeter’s Premiership final appearances at Twickenham – and he also played in the 2020 European Champions Cup final win over Racing 92, and Exeter’s first major final when they beat Northampton Saints to win the 2014 LV Cup.

Moon won eight England caps in the 2018-19 season, but did not make the squad for that autumn’s World Cup in Japan.

“He’s still active around the club, he’s still here, he’s in training, he’s continuing very hard with his rehab and getting everything else he can right, but we’ve just got to be really careful around that neck.

“It’s probably one of those things where it’s getting to the stage where there’s not a lot more we can do. I can’t talk for Ben about his future, but you’re not going to see him in the immediate future on the pitch.”

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TEAM NEWS – Sale Sharks v Bath Rugby

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South African talisman Rob du Preez is set to make his 100th Sharks appearance whilst Alex Groves is in line for his Gallagher Premiership debut as Alex Sanderson names his side to face Bath Rugby at the AJ Bell Stadium tomorrow night. (Kick-off 7:45pm – Live on BT Sport) 

Sanderson makes seven changes to the Sale starting line-up as his squad returns to Gallagher Premiership action following defeat at the hands of Ulster in the Champions Cup. 

In the forwards, there is a complete change of the Sharks front-row as Simon McIntyre, Tommy Taylor and Nick Schonert all return to face Bath.  

Cobus Wiese links back up with Josh Beaumont in the second row following a one-match suspension for a dangerous tackle in the Sharks’ clash with Toulouse two weeks ago. 

Jono Ross captains the side in the absence of Ben Curry, whilst Sam Dugdale steps in to replace the flanker after his England call up to Steve Borthwick’s England squad. Jean-Luc du Preez retains the number 8 shirt with twin-brother Dan remaining on the side lines due to an ongoing hand injury. 

Gus Warr continues to provide a platform for success at scrum-half and links up with centurion Rob du Preez, who is named at fly-half. 

The ever-present Sam James retains the thirteen shirt with Ryan Mills picked at inside centre in the absence of Manu Tuilagi. The former Wasps centre is one of two changes in the Sharks’ back line. 

Sanderson’s second change in the backs comes in the form of Tom Roebuck, who replaces Arron Reed on the wing after an impressive cameo in the Champions Cup. Tom O’Flaherty is named on the other wing, with exciting academy graduate Joe Carpenter at full-back. 

On the bench, Ewan Ashman, Ross Harrison and Joe Jones are named as front-row replacements, with Alex Groves and Rouban Birch providing further cover for the forwards. Raffi Quirke, Luke James and Arron Reed cover the backs. 

Sale Sharks Starting XV: 

15. Joe Carpenter, 14. Tom Roebuck, 13. Sam James, 12. Ryan Mills, 11. Tom O’Flaherty, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Gus Warr; 1. Simon McIntyre, 2. Tommy Taylor, 3. Nick Schonert, 4. Cobus Wiese, 5. Josh Beaumont, 6. Jono Ross (c), 7. Sam Dugdale, 8. Jean-Luc du Preez 

Replacements: 

16. Ewan Ashman, 17. Ross Harrison, 18. Joe Jones, 19. Alex Groves, 20. Rouban Birch, 21. Raffi Quirke, 22. Luke James, 23. Arron Reed 

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Rogerson pens new contract with London Irish

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London Irish is delighted to announce that Club captain Matt Rogerson has signed a new contract with the Club.

The 29-year-old has continued to be a bedrock of Irish’s back-row this year with one more try added to his total haul of 14 in five seasons as an Exile.

Rogerson recently exceeded the 100-appearance milestone as a London Irish player, making a century of appearances in a 39-17 Gallagher Premiership victory against Newcastle Falcons at the Gtech Community Stadium in December 2022.

Speaking on extending his time with London Irish, Matt Rogerson explained his decision to continue his career with the west Londoners.

“Today is a great day for me personally and for my family. I recently played in my 100th game for the Club, which was an incredibly emotional occasion, but one I will remember fondly for years to come.

“Working with such a talented pool of players every day is inspiring to me, having the opportunity to lead them alongside Rob, Paddy and Adam is a great privilege that is not lost on me.

“I can’t thank the supporters enough for embracing me in recent years, and hopefully, many more milestones are ahead for me here being part of the London Irish family.”

The skipper, in his second full season captaining the Boys in Green, signed from Jersey Reds upon conclusion of the 2017/18 season to then contribute to his new Club’s promotion bid in the following campaign.

London Irish Director of Rugby Declan Kidney affirmed his praise of Rogerson as a “true leader” of the team.

“We are delighted to have Matt continue in our ranks going forward. Matt is the consummate professional, on and off the pitch, he sets very high standards for himself and leads by example, always giving 100% to the team and squad, be it in a match, training or off pitch duties.

“As a true leader through these last few years, he has and continues to be an example that all other players and staff can look up to. We would like to thank Matt and his family for his continued commitment to London Irish.”

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