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London Welsh Team v London Irish

London Welsh make seven changes, including one positional, for Friday’s Round 11, Aviva Premiership fixture with London Irish at the Madejski Stadium (KO 3pm).

In the backs, Nick Scott returns to the side on the left wing, with Elliot Kear switching to the right wing. Team captain Tom May and Seb Jewell are named at outside and inside centre respectively.

In the forwards, Nathan Trevett starts at loosehead and Nathan Vella at hooker. Dean Schofield comes into the second row.

On the bench, James Tincknell is set to make his first appearance of the season for the Exiles, after sustaining a knee injury in Welsh’s pre-season friendly at Henley Hawks.

“The Saracens result was very disappointing and there was a lot of heartache on Monday morning when we came in to review the game,” said London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell.

“But in true London Welsh fashion the heads were soon back up, we’ve had a good week’s training and now we’re really looking forward to Friday’s game against London Irish.”

London Welsh’s previous visit to the Madejski Stadium in the Premiership in April 2013 saw Seb Stegmann, Nick Scott and Greg Bateman all cross for Welsh in a 47-28 defeat to London Irish.

London Welsh: 15. Will Robinson, 14. Elliot Kear*, 13. Tom May* (C), 12. Seb Jewell, 11. Nick Scott, 10. Piri Weepu*, 9. Rob Lewis, 1. Nathan Trevett, 2. Nathan Vella, 3. Taione Vea*, 4. James Down, 5. Dean Schofield*, 6. Lachlan McCaffrey, 7. Carl Kirwan (C), 8. Opeti Fonua*.

Replacements: 16. Nathan Morris, 17. Ricky Reeves, 18. Ben Cooper, 19. Peter Browne, 20. Ben Pienaar, 21. Paul Rowley, 22. James Tincknell, 23. Seb Stegmann.

* Denotes full international

Unavailable for selection due to injury are: Pablo Henn, Shane Cahill, Koree Britton, Matthew Dobson, Chris Hala’ufia, Richard Thorpe, Darren Waters, James Lewis, Tristan Roberts, Tim Molenaar, Nic Reynolds, Rhys Crane, Alex Davies and Alan Awcock.

London Welsh continues to reinforce its relationship with the people, businesses and communities across Oxfordshire, which is reinforced by the Club’s strap-line ‘Premiership Rugby in Oxford – Be part of it’.

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