Irish plan to entertain in New Jersey

Date published: March 7 2016

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London Irish forwards coach Glenn Delaney says the side are going to entertain with an attacking brand of rugby when they take Premiership rugby to New Jersey for the first time.

The Exiles will host the first-ever Premiership Rugby fixture outside of British shores when they take on the league leaders at the Red Bull Arena.

And the stakes could not be higher for both sides, with London Irish looking to gather some momentum down at the bottom while Saracens bid to consolidate their first-place position.

Defending champions Saracens have once again been formidable this season, but last month’s defeat to Wasps and the recent draw with Sale proves they are not invincible.

The Exiles’ home form has also been strong of late, having picked up their season total of 13 points from their last four games in front of their own fans.

And head of rugby operations Delaney knows his side must replicate the spirit they’ve showed at the Madejski Stadium across the pond.

“Our approach to the game is that it is a must-win, we’re in must-win games every week,” he said. “And the reality is we’re playing Saracens, it’s as tough a fixture as you're going to get when you’re taking on the champions.

“It is a great opportunity for us to play the game our way, to create some space, some width and try and move the football.

“That is where we like to get people like Topsy Ojo involved in the game on the outside of moves that show him finishing and us playing an expansive way. That is London Irish’s philosophy and our ethos, we will be going to showcase exactly what we can do.

“It is a home game and we want it to be our home game and we want to play with the same passion and spirit that we do at home.

“Our home form has been very good and we have to replicate that at the Red Bull Arena.

“I am sure the people of the area will get behind us and adopt us as their home club and cheer us on.”

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