London Irish: David Sisi believes Exiles can be 'surprise package'

London Irish: Exiles 'brewing' under new coach Tom Coventry

London Irish back row David Sisi believes the Exiles can be this season's "surprise package".

Sisi, 22, will start his second spell with Irish on loan from Bath having graduated from the club's academy.

The England Under-20 international is relishing the chance to play a key part under new head coach Tom Coventry.

"With the way the club's looking to play this season and who we've brought in, there's potential for us to be the surprise package," he told BBC Sport.

Sisi is also grateful to Bath for agreeing to his loan move.

"It's a big opportunity for me to get more game time and Irish have selected me to come down and do a job," he added.

"It's a chance to play for a club I've been with before, but one that now has a very different look to it.

"Where the club are going, it's very exciting and it's an opportunity I really wanted to be a part of."

London Irish opening Premiership fixtures
18 October - Leicester (H) 15:157 November - Bath (H) 15:00
24 October - Exeter (A) 18:0028 November - Wasps (H) 17:30 (at Twickenham)
31 October - Saracens (A) 13:005 December - Harlequins (A) 15:00

With the World Cup days away, the domestic season has a delayed start. Irish have to wait until 18 October before kicking off their Premiership campaign against Leicester.

Lock George Skivington admits the longer than usual pre-season has allowed the club to make a number of changes.

"We've been shifting things in a different direction from before," he said.

"That's everything from training down to how we set standards for ourselves off the pitch and how we want to move forward as a team.

"It's all fresh and exciting and it's also challenging."