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London Welsh Team v Newcastle Falcons

London Welsh make three changes for Sunday’s Aviva Premiership Round 13 fixture with Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park (KO 2pm).

The Exiles’ starting XV includes eight members of its Championship winning side of last season, with five more named among the replacements.

In the backs, team captain Tom May returns to the starting line up after missing last weekend’s game against Harlequins and replaces the injured Nic Reynolds at outside centre. Elliot Kear is named on the right wing in place of Seb Stegmann.

In the forwards, Koree Britton comes in at hooker for the injured Nathan Vella.

On the bench, Richard Thorpe is in line to make his first appearance for the Exiles since Welsh’s European Rugby Challenge Cup fixture against Bordeaux Begles on October 23, while scrum half replacement Rob Lewis could make his 99th league appearance for London Welsh on Sunday.

Sunday’s meeting will be only the second-ever between London Welsh and Newcastle, with the Falcons having won the previous meeting at the Kassam Stadium in October, 23-3.

London Welsh: 15. Will Robinson, 14. Elliot Kear*, 13. Tom May* (C), 12. Seb Jewell, 11. Nick Scott, 10. Piri Weepu*, 9. Paul Rowley, 1. Nathan Trevett, 2. Koree Britton, 3. Taione Vea*, 4. Ben West, 5. James Down, 6. Peter Browne 7. Carl Kirwan, 8. Opeti Fonua*.

Replacements: 16. Nathan Morris, 17. Ricky Reeves, 18. Ben Cooper, 19. Richard Thorpe*, 20. Ben Pienaar, 21. Rob Lewis, 22. Olly Barkley*, 23. Seb Stegmann.

* Denotes full international

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

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