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London Welsh Team v Northampton Saints

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London Welsh make six changes for Saturday’s Round 21 Aviva Premiership fixture against Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens (KO 3:15pm).

Team captain Tom May will make his 246th Premiership appearance and in doing so move third in his own right in the Premiership’s all-time appearance list. May moves clear of Hugh Vyvyan, who made 245 appearances. Steve Borthwick leads the way on 265, with George Chuter second on 262.

In the backs, Seb Jewell returns to the side at full back, having missed the games against Wasps and Leicester Tigers. Alan Awcock moves to right wing.

Tom May replaces the injured James Lewis at inside centre. There’s also a change at scrum half with Paul Rowley starting and Rob Lewis named among the replacements.

In the forwards, Daniel Browne replaces Ben Pienaar at blindside flanker and Opeti Fonu comes in for the suspended Chris Hala’ufia.

The London Welsh starting XV contains 11 players committed to the club for next season’s Championship campaign, along with seven of the replacements.

London Welsh’s last visit to Franklin’s Gardens saw the home side come away with a 23-16 win in November 2013.

Northampton have won their last seven competitive fixtures against London Welsh since the Exiles were last successful, 16-14, at Franklin's Gardens in a Division 2 fixture in January 1988.

London Welsh: 15. Seb Jewell, 14. Alan Awcock, 13. Nic Reynolds, 12. Tom May* (C), 11. Chris Elder, 10. Olly Barkley*, 9. Paul Rowley, 1. Nathan Trevett, 2. Koree Britton, 3. Ben Cooper, 4. Ben West, 5. Matt Corker, 6. Daniel Browne, 7. Darren Waters, 8. Opeti Fonua*.

Replacements: 16. Nathan Morris, 17. Eddie Aholelei*, 18. Jack Gilding, 19. James Down, 20. Josh McNally, 21. Jesse Liston, 22. Rob Lewis, 23. Will Robinson.

* Denotes full international

Unavailable for selection due to injury are: Nathan Vella, Matthew Dobson, Harry Allen, Shane Cahill, Taione Vea, Pablo Henn, Carl Kirwan, Alex Davies, Tim Molenaar, James Lewis, Nick Scott and Seb Stegmann.

Tickets: London Welsh vs Saracens
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