11:56AM, Saturday 16 May 2015
Shane Geraghty has been named captain for London Irish’s final game of the season against Wasps in the Aviva Premiership at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon with George Skivington ruled out through injury.
Head coach Glenn Delaney has made two changes to his starting line-up for the Round 22 clash, with Dan Leo being named alongside Jebb Sinclair in the second row behind an unchanged front row of Tom Court, David Paice and Richard Palframan.
The back row of Luke Narraway, Tom Guest and Blair Cowan is also unchanged, with Darren Allinson returning from injury to come in at scrum half.
Chris Noakes starts at fly half, with Shane Geraghty captaining the side from the centre with Eoin Griffin outside him. Alex Lewington, James Short and Andrew Fenby are named in an unchanged back three.
“We have been hit with a few injuries this week," said delaney.
"Shane steps up to captain the side in place of George.
"We are also pleased to have Darren back; he has been great for us all season so it is a big boost to the whole squad to have him back on the field.
"We are looking forward to the game against strong opposition.”
There is a new look half-back combination for Wasps for the clash which kicks off at 3.30pm with scrum half Charlie Davies starting alongside Andy Goode, after Joe Simpson suffered a medial ligament strain against Leicester Tigers which will see him undergo six to eight weeks of rehab.
Goode, Davies and Tom Lindsay, starting at hooker in place of the injured Carlo Festuccia, have the chance to bow out on a high if they can get the win on their last outing for Wasps.
In the back row, Guy Thompson starts at no 8. alongside captain James Haskell and Ashley Johnson, who will again cover hooker. Nathan Hughes has flown to New Zealand to be with his wife Ella for the birth of their first baby.
Having impressed during his cameo from the bench against Leicester last Saturday, following six months on the side-lines, Joe Launchbury is ready to take his place in the starting line-up, alongside James Gaskell.
Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “It couldn’t be tee'd up any better as a final game of the season.
"Whether our season has been a success or not, boils down to one game now. It’s a proper cup final for us.
“We know what we have to do. We’ve worked really hard to put ourselves in a position where we can reach our season’s goal of attaining a top-six finish.
"We’re not underestimating the task in front of us – London Irish are a difficult team to play against.
"They probably haven’t had the results this season that they deserve, but they are a dangerous team.
London Irish: 15, Andrew Fenby; 14, Alex Lewington; 13, Eoin Griffin; 12, Shane Geraghty (capt); 11, James Short; 10, Chris Noakes; 9, Darren Allison; 1, Tom Court; 2, David Paice; 3, Richard Palframan; 4, Dan Leo; 5, Jebb Sinclair; 6, Luke Narraway; 7, Blair Cowan; 8, Tom Guest. Subs: 16, Jimmy Stevens; 17, Tom Smallbone; 18, Halani Aulika; 19, Ollie Curry; 20, Ofisa Treviranus; 21, Callum Watson; 22, Eamonn Sheridan; 23, Andrew Short.
London Wasps: 15, Andrea Masi; 14, Christian Wade; 13, Elliot Daly; 12, Alapati Leiua; 11, Sailosi Tagicakibau; 10, Andy Goode; 9, Charlie Davies; 1, Matt Mullan; 2, Tom Lindsay; 3, Lorenzo Cittadini; 4, Joe Launchbury; 5, James Gaskell; 6, Ashley Johnson; 7, James Haskell (capt); 8, Guy Thompson. Subs: 16, Simon McIntyre; 17, Will Taylor; 18, Kearnan Myall; 19, Sam Jones; 20, Thomas Young; 21, Piri Weepu; 22, Alex Lozowski; 23, Rob Miller
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