London Irish Rugby club is an English rugby club which is based in Sunbury at Surrey. Their home games are played at the Madejski stadium which is located in Reading and they actively participate at the Aviva premiership and are placed at the top of the English rugby union division. Besides the Aviva premiership, the club also competes at the Anglo Welsh Cup, the Heineken Cup and the European Challenge Cup.
London Irish Rugby Club has both junior and senior teams who coach and play their home games at the Madejski stadium. The club is nicknamed as the Exiles and has 2 different colored jerseys namely green and white. Each of these jerseys has reversed away stripes to them. The club has a mascot called Digger who is an Irish wolfhound. The club started their victories in the year 2002 when they won the Anglo Welsh Cup. They also managed to reach the finals at the 2009 Guinness Premiership when they lost to Leicester by a meager margin of 10-9. The current chairman of the club is Andrew Coppel and the club is coach and captained by Toby Booth and Clarke Dermody respectively.
London Irish Rugby Club was originally founded by the young Irish citizens residing in London. The name exiles were attached to the club as they had suffered a huge deal during the World war 1 and the Irish War of Independence. It was only in the year 1923 that things got back to normal and settled down that the club was able to take in players from Ireland who had turned into a free state. Till then, they were just considered as Individuals who were exiled from their own native country.
One of the beauties of the club is that they have a thriving academy set up which helps train the junior players so that they can move on to the senior squad and gain international acclamation. Moving onto the statistics of the team, it is seen that they started off at a positive note in the 1920’s. However they became unsteady in the 1950’s which went on to be continued during the eighties as well. In the year 1999, London Irish Rugby Club merged with London Scottish and Richmond and managed to form a professional with the collaborative effort. London Irish Rugby Club will be playing Worcester Warriors in the next match of the current season and tickets for the game are available on the club’s official website. Tickets can also be booked on the phone through the numbers given on the website as well. The match will be held on Sun at 2pm local time at the home stadium in Reading.
London Irish Rugby Club has faced a number of challenges on their professional venture and they have managed to overcome and pass all the hurdles to make it out successful eventually. Their consistent game play has made their fans constantly support them and their never give up attitude ahs got their fans hoping for more.