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London Welsh Team v Leicester Tigers

London Welsh Team v Leicester Tigers

London Welsh make four changes for Sunday’s Round 8 Aviva Premiership fixture with Leicester Tigers at the Kassam Stadium (KO 3:15pm).

In the backs, Gordon Ross starts at fly half with Will Robinson named amongst the replacements.

In the forwards, Ricky Reeves replaces the injured Pablo Henn at loosehead with Nathan Vella coming in to the side at hooker. Opeti Fonua is set to make his first start for Welsh at Number 8, in place of the injured Chris Hala’ufia.

Ex-Bradford Bulls and Wales Rugby League wing Elliot Kear is named on the bench alongside Nathan Trevett, who is set to make his first competitive appearance of the season.

London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell said: "Last Sunday hurt hugely; it certainly showed the step up to the Aviva Premiership. All credit to Wasps, they were consistent for the full 80 minutes, but the scoreline was unacceptable.

"London Welsh, though, is a remarkable place to work – you have to admire our players and the environment. The players were in on Monday, identifying the faults and working hard eradicate them, while as coaches we constantly keep looking for ways to improve.

"Our next three Premiership games are Leicester, Northampton and Saracens – arguably the three big sides. It doesn’t get much bigger than this – Leicester have consistently been one of the league’s big boys. We’ve got to front up; if we don’t it could be another horrendous day at the office."

Leicester Tigers provided the opposition for London Welsh for the Club’s first-ever Premiership fixture on September 2, 2012. The Tigers coming out on top 38-13 at the Kassam Stadium.

London Welsh:

15. Seb Jewell, 14. Seb Stegmann, 13.  Nic Reynolds, 12. Tom May* (C), 11. Nick Scott, 10. Gordon Ross*, 9. Rob Lewis, 1. Ricky Reeves, 2. Nathan Vella, 3. Taione Vea*, 4. Matt Corker, 5. James Down, 6. Peter Browne, 7. Lachlan McCaffrey, 8. Opeti Fonua*.

Replacements:

16. Koree Britton, 17. Nathan Tevett, 18. Ben Cooper, 19. Dean Schofield*, 20. Ben Pienaar, 21. Paul Rowley, 22. Will Robinson, 23. Elliot Kear*.

* Denotes full international

Unavailable for selection due to injury: Pablo Henn, Matthew Dobson, Jack Gilding, Shane Cahill, Carl Kirwan, Darren Waters, Cameron Goodhue, Chris Hala’ufia, Alex Davies, Piri Weepu, Olly Barkley, Tristan Roberts, James Lewis, Tim Molenaar and James Tincknell.

Unavailable due to international selection: Richard Thorpe (Canada).

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