Buckland commits to London Irish
February 27, 2012
James Buckland will stay an Exile for the next two seasons © Getty Images
London Irish have confirmed that hooker James Buckland has extended his contract with the side.
Buckland has signed a new two-year deal which will keep him at the Madejski Stadium until the end of the 2013-14 season. The 31-year-old has been an ever present in the Exiles' side this season and has achieved England Saxons honours in the past.
The hooker joined London Irish in 2008 from rivals London Wasps and coach Toby Booth is pleased with Buckland's renewed commitment.
"James has a fantastic set piece game which is vital in the Premiership," Booth said. "You need a solid platform to play off up front if you are to be successful. He is a highly committed performer for London Irish whenever he takes the field."
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