London Irish RFC - both the amateur and professional clubs - recently unveiled a new training facility in Hazelwood. The event was attended by IRFU President Louis Magee to mark both the event and a significant family connection.
The Combined Irish Universities will play the Irish Exiles (Under-23) in Ealing Trailfinders at 4pm this Friday. The Universities side comprises of players from the four University sides that compete in the Ulster Bank League - UCD, Dublin University, Queen's University and UCC - and contains a number of excellent and exciting players.
The IRFU Exiles have produced players of the calibre of Simon Geoghegan in the past, but more and more young Irish-qualified players see the Exiles as a pathway to a career in the professional game. We spent the day at their regional finals in London to understand their passion for Irish rugby.
This Friday, on the eve of the England v Ireland Six Nations match, the Irish Exiles are playing against a select Welsh team at the Trailfinders Sports Club, Caste Bar, Vallis Way, West Ealing, W13 0DD. Kick-off is at 4pm and all support is welcome.
On an extremely foggy day in Sunbury on Thames, the Exiles Under-18s defeated their Welsh Exiles counterparts 31-3. This was the last Exiles fixture before Christmas and they certainly finished with a festive flourish.