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Topsy Ojo enjoys senior status at London Irish

Topsy Ojo
Ojo was top try-scorer for Irish last season with ten in the Premiership

London Irish winger Topsy Ojo says he is enjoying his new position as one of the older players in the Exiles' squad.

After a summer which saw several players leave the club, including Seilala Mapusua and Steffon Armitage, the Irish squad has a youthful look.

"It's strange thing that I'm now one of the oldest in the back line," Ojo told BBC Berkshire.

"But these guys have brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm. They now really want to get going in the Premiership."

Ojo admitted that last season's squad, which finished sixth in the table, needed to change.

"Having a settled squad is a good thing but at times can lead to complacency and you do need to shake things up," he added.

"Maybe Toby [Booth] saw that in the summer and a lot of players left for various reasons. It probably had reached the stage where the squad needed freshening up and he's brought in a lot of new faces and a lot of youth."

The Exiles begin their Premiership campaign against Harlequins on Saturday at Twickenham, their traditional rivals.

"We're such close teams - we know their players and they know us," Ojo added. "That rivalry has been there over the years - it's always a fixture we look forward to and I'm sure they do."

London Irish v Harlequins kicks off at 1400 BST and is live on BBC Radio Berkshire.



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