London Irish takeover to see Yarde and O’Connor stay at club?

Reading-based Aviva Premiership club London Irish could be in the midst of a takeover, according to reports emerging in Sportsmail this morning.

It is understood that Mick Crossan, chairman of recycling and waste management company Powerday, will lead a purchase of the club in the coming months. Powerday is already the headline sponsor of the Exiles, and also employs former club legend Bob Casey. Crossan is based in London, and regularly attends matches at the Madejski.

And this could be great news for London Irish fans hoping that their top talent, like Marland Yarde and James O’Connor, with Crossan likely to go on a strong recruitment drive. Aside from their two headline players, he plans to reaffirm the club’s Irish identity with the signing of top players from Ireland.

Donnacha Ryan is top of the list of potential targets, while the signing of Tom Court last week would appear to confirm this strategy. Court himself said there had been mention of boardroom changes.

“They mentioned that there was maybe a change in management of the board, but to be honest I didn’t make a lot of it,” he told Sportsmail. “They’re recruiting hard and want to get a good strong Irish element in their team again.”

London Irish have organised a special press conference on Thursday morning at 10.30am, when they are expected to confirm the announcement.

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2 thoughts on “London Irish takeover to see Yarde and O’Connor stay at club?

  1. This takeover by a foreign owner who’s first loyalty is not to England rugby makes me uneasy. The more so given an admission that they want to increase irish influence. Surely a risk that PRL and rfu could be undermined from within in their dealings with the Irish and ERC.

  2. LIrish are underfunded compared with their Aviva competitors,
    first choice Props and Hooker are injured & we can’t summon up strong replacements-so we get turned over by other clubs with bigger/better squads.
    it’s no good having talent like Yarde,
    etc if the ball doesn’t get to them in
    try scoring positions
    investment will bolster the club and
    make other teams fear LIrish like in
    previous seasons
    as a season ticket holder I want to
    see success- not just hope for other
    clubs to fail or be subject to ‘fines’
    due to non-applicability of players!
    get real!!

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