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London Welsh Team v Harlequins

London Welsh Team v Harlequins

London Welsh make five changes for Sunday’s Round 12, Aviva Premiership fixture with Harlequins at the Kassam Stadium (KO 2:30pm).

The Exiles name a starting XV boasting nine members of its Championship winning side of last season, with three more on the bench.
 
In the backs, former Quin Seb Stegmann starts on the right wing, with Nic Reynolds named at outside centre in place of the suspended Tom May. Paul Rowley comes in at scrum half.
 
In the forwards, Ben West is set to make his Premiership debut after being named in the second row, while Peter Browne, another ex-Quin, starts at blindside.
 
Carl Kirwan captain’s the side.
 
"Preparations this week haven’t been ideal, having to train at Ealing and Maidenhead due to a frozen pitch at Old Deer Park, but that’s life and we have to just get on with it," said London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell.
 
"We’re half way through the season and we haven’t won a game, but the work ethic this week, if anything, has gone up.
 
"We’re constantly assessing where we’re at and what we’re doing. There’s nobody in our environment burying their head in the sand and that would be quite easy to do. It’s about rolling our sleeves up and continuing to work hard, and continuing to look for that first win.
 
"It seems to be a given for many now that we will be relegated, but we don’t see it that way. We’re 14 points adrift and there are 11 games left, but that’s not something we discuss. What we discuss is that we need to keep focusing and working hard. People are still upbeat and it’s still a good place to be.
 
"Across the board Harlequins have got a strike force and strength – they have so many threats. Every team in the Premiership is stacked with international players of all different nations, but that’s the Aviva Premiership and that’s why it’s the best league in the world."
 
Harlequins won the earlier meeting between the sides at the Twickenham Stoop in October 52-0.
 
London Welsh last tasted victory over Harlequins during the 1984/85 season – the Exiles winning 25-21 at the Stoop. Quins have won the intervening 14 meetings between the two sides.
 
London Welsh: 15. Will Robinson, 14. Seb Stegmann, 13. Nic Reynolds, 12. Seb Jewell, 11. Nick Scott, 10. Piri Weepu*, 9. Paul Rowley, 1. Nathan Trevett, 2. Nathan Vella, 3. Taione Vea*, 4. Ben West, 5. James Down, 6. Peter Browne, 7. Carl Kirwan (C), 8. Opeti Fonua*.
 
Replacements:
16. Koree Britton, 17. Ricky Reeves, 18. Ben Cooper, 19. Lachlan McCaffrey, 20. Ben Pienaar, 21. Rob Lewis, 22. Olly Barkley*, 23. James Tincknell.
 
* Denotes full international
 
Unavailable for selection due to injury are: Pablo Henn, Shane Cahill, Matthew Dobson, Chris Hala’ufia, Richard Thorpe, Darren Waters, James Lewis, Tristan Roberts, Tim Molenaar, Rhys Crane, Alex Davies and Alan Awcock.

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