Good week to be London Irish Captain

It has been a good week for London Irish.

The take over by a group of businessmen - headed up by the executive chairman of Powerday, Mick Crossan - will put the club on a firmer financial footing and enable us all to look to the future with confidence.

Not only because they will continue the good work that has been done in recent years but because they sound like they want to invest in the playing side of things too.

We have already seen some big changes at our training ground and I think there will be some big names come into the side too by all accounts. World Cup-winning prop C J Van Der Linde’s arrival this week was a hint of things to come perhaps.

Whoever arrives will come into a side that is very close to getting things right.

We are a good team and an emerging team which is getting used to each other’s game and honing in on how we want to play.

We should have beaten Exeter a few weeks ago, having been on top for 70 minutes, and we could have beaten Newcastle on the road.

We also came close to leaving Welford Road with a bonus point after playing Leicester.

George Skivington feels London Irish are close to a breakthrough having had some close results already this season, and just missing out on a bonus point at Leicester.

London Irish came close to a bonus point away to Leicester at Welford Road

We are an inch away from crossing that bridge. Suddenly, if those results had gone our way, we could be fifth or sixth in the Premiership table.

We don’t feel that 11th is a fair reflection of how well we have played. At the same time, we have to stop talking about good we could be and go and get the results.

There is a very good feeling within the camp. James O’Connor has given us a boost with his arrival and Topsy Ojo and David Paice have both signed extended contracts. That is a sign that everyone feels we are going in the right direction.

Everyone is talking about how fast our back three are but guys like Fergus Mulchrone and Eamonn Sheridan have done superbly well having crept in under the radar.

They work very hard, are really honest blokes and are hungry for success.

We’ll return to the Premiership this weekend with a trip to play Sale after sharing the spoils home and away with Stade Francais in the Amlin Cup.


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