SPORT — 19 December 2013










By Damian Dolan.

The Mick Crossan led consortium of London based Irish businessmen, which last week acquired a majority shareholding in London Irish’s parent company, London Irish Holdings, has promised to bring more Irish players to the club, but ruled out a move away from Reading.

The club currently has just five Irish-born players in its first-team squad and it’s a long time since its players regularly featured in the Ireland national team, but new club president Crossan, who is Executive Chairman of Powerday plc and for the past three years has been a principal sponsor at the club, confirmed that the club intends to address this.

“The plans are to look at Irish qualified players, but it has to be the right player for the club,” said Crossan.

That view was echoed by David Fitzgerald – interim executive chairman of London Irish Holdings and former London Irish captain.

“It’s going to be a long haul but to rebuild the relationship with the IRFU which we had 15-20 years ago before professionalism is something we would like to see happen,” said Fitzgerald.

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