LONDON IRISH coach Toby Booth praised young centre Steve Shingler after he shrugged off a row over his Test eligibility to help the Exiles beat Sale Sharks 21-19.
Shingler has been called up by Scotland for the Six Nations but is also wanted by Wales, whom he has represented at under-20 level.
Booth said: “It is a massive distraction along with, by his own admission, an ordinary performance the week before. He was back in his more familiar position today and played well.”
Tries from Bryn Evans and Topsy Ojo, plus the kicking of fly-half Adrian Jarvis, lifted Irish to fifth in the Premiership.