Exiles retain Yarde and Sisi
January 25, 2012
Marland Yarde in his England U20 days © Getty Images
Two of London Irish's brightest talents have committed their immediate futures to the Madejski Stadium side.
Winger Marland Yarde and No.8 David Sisi have both re-signed for the Exiles with Yarde committing for two years and Sisi one. Yarde has made three Aviva Premiership appearances this season for the Exiles and turned out for the England U20 side in their run to the Junior World Championships in the summer of 2011.
And Sisi has made seven appearances for the Exiles this season after progressing into the senior academy set-up in the close-season. London Irish's academy manager Neal Hatley is looking forward to seeing the pair develop under his guidance. Hatley said: "Marland and David are two individuals who have come through our Academy EPDG system and have this season proved their worth in the Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup. They are part of a promising group of young players we are immensely excited about."
London Irish head coach Toby Booth added: "Both players are talented Academy youngsters who we think have very promising futures. Marland is a natural finisher and has all the attributes to be a great player. David is a very physical player, as well as natural leader, who has made a good impact when required this season."
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