Captains duties fall to Kiwi born lock Evans (above)

New Zealand international, Bryn Evans, will captain London Irish tomorrow afternoon against Saracens in the Aviva Premiership’s London Double Header clash at Twickenham.

Evans will form a second row partnership with George Skivington who joined from Leicester Tigers over the summer.

Scotland international, Scott Lawson, will start at hooker alongside Max Lahiff and Leo Halavatau with Jon Fisher, Jamie Gibson and Ofisa Treviranus making up the back row.

Ireland international, Tomás O’Leary, will partner Steven Shingler at half back with Sailosi Tagicakibau moving from the wing to inside centre in place of injured Joe Ansbro.

Jonathan Joseph will partner the Samoan in the centre with Marland Yarde, Topsy Ojo and last season’s Aviva Premiership top point scorer, Tom Homer, making up the back three.

London Irish Director of Rugby, Brian Smith said: “It is great to be back to Aviva Premiership action. We’ve got a fantastic squad on board for the 2012/13 season and we are looking forward to the season ahead. This squad is very ambitious and we aim to emulate the deeds of our courageous sevens team that won the JP Morgan sevens title over the summer.”

London Irish v Saracens
Saturday 1st September, at Twickenham
Kick-off: 16:30

Starting XV
15. Tom Homer; 14. Topsy Ojo13. Jonathan Joseph; 12. Sailosi Tagicakibau; 11. Marland Yarde 10. Steve Shingler; 9. Tomás O’Leary; 1. Max Lahiff; 2. Scott Lawson; 3. Leo Halavatau; 4. George Skivington; 5. Bryn Evans (C); 6. Jamie Gibson; 7. Ofisa Treviranus; 8. Jon Fisher

Replacements:
16. Brian Blaney; 17. Halani Aulika*; 18. Cai Griffiths; 19. Kieran Low; 20. Declan Danaher; 21. Alex Gray; 22. Shane Geraghty; 23. Jack Moates

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