Clarke Dermody returns from injury to captain his side

London Irish has made six personnel changes and two positional changes from the side that played against Edinburgh last weekend for tomorrow evenings Heineken Cup round two game against Cardiff Blues at the Cardiff City Stadium (kick-off 8pm).

Clarke Dermody returns to captain the side in a front row that contains David Paice at hooker and Faan Rautenbach at tighthead prop. Declan Danaher comes in at blindside flanker. Steve Shingler moves from outside to inside centre where he will be partnered by Joe Ansbro who moves into the centre from the wing. Topsy Ojo will start on the wing.

London Irish head coach Toby Booth said: “Both sides play entertaining rugby so it should make for a great spectacle. We know what is required of us tomorrow evening. We will go there to be competitive and look to come away with a result.”

London Irish Starting XV:
15.Tom Homer;
14.Topsy Ojo*;
13.Joe Ansbro*;
12.Steve Shingler;
11.Adam Thompstone;
10. Dan Bowden;
9.Ross Samson;
1.Clarke Dermody* (Captain);
2. David Paice;
3.Faan Rautenbach*;
4. Nick Kennedy*;
5. Matt Garvey;
6. Declan Danaher;
7.Richard Thorpe;
8. Jebb Sinclair*

16. James Buckland;
17. Alex Corbisiero*;
18.Paulica Ion*;
19. James Sandford;
20. Jamie Gibson;
21. Jonathan Spratt;
22. Adrian Jarvis;
23.Paul Hodgson*

*Denotes International