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Exiles name squad for Bristol Bears visit

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The London Irish squad to host Bristol Bears at the Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday, 30 October has been confirmed.

Kick-off is at 15:00 local time (16:00 SA time).

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Will Goodrick-Clarke and Ollie Hoskins are the starting props either side of hooker Mike Willemse, who makes his first competitive start for the club.

Steve Mafi and Rob Simmons continue in the second row and captain Matt Rogerson leads the side in the six jersey. Isaac Curtis-Harris is the openside flanker and Albert Tuisue completes the pack from No 8.

Nick Phipps and Paddy Jackson are the halfback duo, with Benhard van Rensburg and Curtis Rona combining in the centres.

Ollie Hassell-Collins, James Stokes and Tom Parton form the back three.

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“Bristol are a team that are very well-drilled in all that they do, so we will have to stay alert for the whole 80 minutes” said London Irish’s Director of Rugby, Declan Kidney.

“We are looking to push on from last weekend, but we know that we are up against a Bristol team that finished top of the league after last season’s regular season.”

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LONDON IRISH TEAM

15 Tom Parton, 14 James Stokes, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Benhard van Rensburg, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Nick Phipps, 1 Will Goodrick-Clarke, 2 Mike Willemse, 3 Ollie Hoskins, 4 Steve Mafi, 5 Rob Simmons, 6 Matt Rogerson (captain), 7 Isaac Curtis-Harris, 8 Albert Tuisue

Substitutes: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 George Nott, 20 Jack Cooke, 21 Ben White, 22 Terrence Hepetema, 23 Kyle Rowe

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