London Irish are committed to bouncing back to the top tier of English rugby next season, after their 25-32 loss to Harlequins at the weekend officially saw them relegated from the Aviva Premiership.
It is now mathematically certain that London Irish are out of the top tier for the 2016/17 season.
#ICYMI: London Irish 25-32 Harlequins.
The result confirmed relegation for Irish, while Quins re-enter the top 6. pic.twitter.com/p78DeXpuJR
— DHL Rugby UK (@DHLRugbyUK) May 2, 2016
Speaking on behalf of the Club’s Board of directors Mick Crossan, President of London Irish, said: “We would like to reassure supporters that we remain committed to this Club and to realising its potential. Relegation is a set back and we will deal with it accordingly.
“Our plans for London Irish remain the same and I would like to thank our supporters for their continued support during what has been a tough time for all involved with our Club.”
— London Irish (@LiRFC) May 4, 2016
Bob Casey, Chief Executive, said: “This is a sad day in the history of this great Club. Relegation was not part of our plans, but we have to be honest, as hard as the players and management have worked, we haven’t been good enough.
“We will learn our lessons and respect the Championship, but keep our sights firmly set on returning to the Premiership.
“The foundations at London Irish are in place; we have excellent facilities, a thriving Academy programme and outstanding support staff.
“Unfortunately, the progress of our rugby programme has suffered a setback this season in what has been the strongest Premiership in a long time.
“I would like to thank our supporters.
“We have needed you more than ever before this season and you have turned up loyally and vocally to cheer the team on.
“We know we have disappointed you, rest assured we will do our utmost to ensure we return to the top tier of English rugby at the first time of asking.”
— BT Sport Rugby (@btsportrugby) May 1, 2016