13 Facts About London Irish


London Irish RFC is a professional rugby union club which competes in the Premiership, the top division of English rugby union.

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London Irish was the last club to be formed in England by working and student exiles from the home countries, following London Scottish in 1878 and London Welsh in 1885.

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London Irish became essential in the early years of the club along with club captain R S Dyas in putting the team on the map and having regular fixtures between other London based teams.

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Things picked up with the arrival of new captain, Des O'Brien and a number of other key players, and in 1948, London Irish celebrated their 50th anniversary and the most successful season yet for the club.

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On September 9th, 1959, London Irish officially returned to Sunbury and had a place to call home, dubbed The Avenue.

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Success of the 1960s for the London Irish was mixed, with many good wins but a number of defeats.

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Pre-season tours became popular and in 1977, the London Irish made history in South Africa when they became the first touring side to play a host of mixed race teams.

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London Irish made the decision to play its remaining games when possible at Harlequin's Twickenham Stoop as they could not return to Reading.

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On 12 March 2016 London Irish played their first home Premiership match abroad, and the first-ever Premiership match outside England, when they travelled to the United States to face Saracens at the New York Red Bulls' Red Bull Arena in the New York metropolitan area.

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London Irish has an important job in providing support to the club.

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London Irish finished the marathon in a time of 6 hours 39 minutes 31 seconds.

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London Irish have rivalries in the Greater London area, mainly with Harlequins and Saracens who are now, thanks to Irish moving back to West London, are able to have local derbies.

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London Irish recently announced a new elite partnership with Just Clear, an environmentally friendly British house clearance and rubbish removal service in readiness for new Premiership season.

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