David Paice's injury is double blow for London IrishBy Matthew Sadler
December 07, 2010
London Irish will have to do without hooker David Paice for some time after the 27-year-old suffered a suspected broken ankle in Saturday’s defeat to Leicester Tigers.
Paice was replaced by Brian Blarney as the former Leinster player came on for his Exiles debut.
Paice only came into the side after James Buckland missed out on a meeting with his former club after picking up an ankle injury in last week’s 35-23 defeat at Northampton Saints.
Coach Toby Booth caused a shock in his starting line-up by omitting Bob Casey from the squad and only naming Seilala Mapusua on the bench after his recent international exploits, with Elvis Seveali’i and Dan Bowden continuing as the centre pairing.
Speaking of Paice’s injury, Booth said: “It doesn’t look very good. It looks like he may have broken his ankle so that’s a bit of a blow. It’s always a double whammy to lose players of that quality at the same time as losing the game.
Irish’s coach added: “Maps has come back from Somoa in a pretty tired state.
“Irrespective of him coming back, the two boys Elvis and Dan had played well the week before so there was no divine right (for him to start).
“We want to be picking on form and what people are contributing to the team and as a result that is how people get selected.
“Everyone is judged on their own performance and that is what we try and do.
“He’s (Casey) been excellent. He’s got on with what we needs to get on with and has sharpened his focus. He is willing like everyone is to fight for their place.”
Irish will attempt to get their stuttering season back on track with victory over visiting Toulon in the Heineken Cup on Sunday (3pm).
And Booth admits that Exiles must take the game to their illustrious French opponents if they are to win their Pool 3 encounter.
He said: “We need to make sure that we can establish long periods of the game with the ball and against Northampton we didn’t do that and against Leicester we didn’t do that at set-piece.
“I think if you can increase the quality of your set-piece and give yourself some front-foot ball then you can maintain the standards shown in the contact area – I think we will be alright.”