London Irish welcome back World Cup players
October 29, 1999
London Irish will have their three Ireland World Cup players back on duty when they face Bath at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.
Conor O'Shea starts at full back and resumes the captaincy, Justin Bishop returns on the right wing, Stephen Bachop is at fly half and Kevin Putt, having recovered from his hamstring injury, starts at scrum half. In the forwards Mike Howe takes over at hooker with Jake Boer and Kieron Dawson both returning to the back row.
Team: Conor O'Shea (Captain); Justin Bishop, Ben Whetstone, Robert Todd, Jarrod Cunningham; Stephen Bachop, Kevin Putt; Neal Hatley, Mike Howe, Kristyan Fullman; Ryan Strudwick, Nick Harvey; Jake Boer, Kieron Dawson, Mark Gabey.
Replacements:Steve Hatley; Michael Horak; Adrian Flavin; Andrew Mower; Mike Worsley; Rob Gallacher; Brent Cockbain
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