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London Welsh Team v Northampton Saints

London Welsh make four changes, including one positional, for Sunday’s Round 9 Aviva Premiership fixture with Northampton Saints at the Kasasm Stadium (KO 2:30pm).

In the backs, Paul Rowley comes in at scrum half with Rob Lewis named on the bench.

In the forwards, Dean Schofield partners James Down in the second row while Lachlan McCaffrey moves from openside flanker to Number 8 in place of the injured Opeti Fonua.

The number seven jersey is taken by the returning Carl Kirwan, who is set to make his first appearance of the season.

London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell said: "We saw glimpses of improvement last week against Leicester Tigers, which is what we spoke about after the Wasps game, and on Sunday we're looking to see a further improvement. Continuous improvement is what we're after.

"When we sat down and analysed Northampton you can definitely see why they are the current champions and top of the Aviva Premiership. They're a fantastic team across the board and it's a massive task ahead of us, but we're looking forward to it.

"We've got to look for opportunities in the game and that's what we've been focusing on this week.”

The last time Saints visited the Kassam Stadium, in April 2013, two tries from now London Welsh captain Tom May in a 31-14 win for Northampton confirmed the Exiles' relegation to the Championship.

London Welsh: 15. Seb Jewell, 14. Seb Stegmann, 13. Nic Reynolds, 12. Tom May* (C), 11. Nick Scott, 10. Gordon Ross*, 9. Paul Rowley, 1. Ricky Reeves, 2. Nathan Vella, 3. Taione Vea*, 4. Dean Schofield*, 5. James Down, 6. Peter Browne, 7. Carl Kirwan, 8. Lachlan McCaffrey.

Replacements: 16. Nathan Morris, 17. Nathan Trevett, 18. Ben Cooper, 19. Matt Corker, 20. Ben Pienaar, 21. Rob Lewis, 22. Will Robinson, 23. Alan Awcock.

* Denotes full international

Unavailable for selection due to injury are: Pablo Henn, Matthew Dobson, Koree Britton, Jack Gilding, Shane Cahill, Darren Waters, Richard Thorpe, Cameron Goodhue, Chris Hala'ufia, Opeti Fonua, Alex Davies, Piri Weepu, Olly Barkley, Tristan Roberts, James Lewis, Tim Molenaar and James Tincknell.

Also unavailable is Elliott Kear.

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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