Jackson backed as Exiles’ leader
London Irish fly-half Paddy Jackson has been hailed as “probably one of the best 10s in the world”, by team-mate Ben Meehan.
Jackson has taken on more of a leadership role at the club, following the Gallagher Premiership restart, and was spotted addressing the squad prior to their defeat against Bath. With veteran No 10 Stephen Myler having joined Ospreys, Meehan has backed Jackson to have a big influence at the club.
Ahead of their fixture against Northampton on Saturday, scrumhalf Meehan said: “Paddy has played at the highest level and is a fantastic player, probably one of the best 10s in the world. He leads the team around the park really well on a daily basis, he drives standards very highly, and Paddy lets his actions do the talking.”
Worcester full-back Melani Nanai has been banned for three matches following an independent disciplinary hearing yesterday. He was sent off for a dangerous charge on England wing Jonny May last weekend. His ban was reduced by three weeks, after he immediately expressed his remorse. He will be able to play again on Sept 1.
May subsequently failed a head injury assessment and missed the rest of Gloucester’s win.
Wasps centre Malakai Fekitoa has received a one-match suspension after picking up three yellow cards during the 2019-20 season, the third coming against Northampton last Sunday for a high tackle.
He will now miss Wasps’ match at home to Worcester Warriors tomorrow.