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London Welsh Team v Sale Sharks

Rob Lewis will make his 100th league appearance for London Welsh in Sunday’s Round 14 Aviva Premiership fixture against Sale Sharks at the Kassam Stadium (KO 1pm).

In doing so, the scrum half will become just the thirteenth London Welsh player to reach the century milestone, joining the likes of Paul Sampson, Jonathan Mills and Lorne Ward, as well as current club captain Matt Corker and assistant coach Gordon Ross.

Lewis, who has made 132 appearances for the club in total since joining from Newport Gwent Dragons in 2009, is one of eight changes, including two positional, from the London Welsh side defeated 17-13 at the Dragons last weekend.

The London Welsh starting line up includes nine members of its Championship winning side from last season, with five more named on the bench.

Also in the backs, Seb Stegmann returns on the right wing with Olly Barkley named at fly half. Seb Jewell moves from inside centre to full back, with James Tincknell taking the number 12 jersey.

In the forwards, Koree Britton starts at hooker and Richard Thorpe moves from blindside to openside flanker, with Carl Kirwan coming back into the side.

When the sides met at the AJ Bell Stadium in September the Sharks came away with a 46-8 victory. It was far closer the last time Sale visited the Kassam Stadium, however, when they edged the Exiles 26-25 in February 2013.

London Welsh: 15. Seb Jewell, 14. Seb Stegmann, 13. Nic Reynolds, 12. James Tincknell, 11. Nick Scott, 10. Olly Barkley*, 9. Rob Lewis, 1. Nathan Trevett, 2. Koree Britton, 3. Taione Vea*, 4. Ben West, 5. James Down, 6. Richard Thorpe*, 7. Carl Kirwan (C), 8. Opeti Fonua*.

Replacements: 16. Nathan Morris, 17. Eddie Aholelei*, 18. Jack Gilding, 19. Matt Corker, 20. Ben Pienaar, 21. Piri Weepu*, 22. Will Robinson, 23. James Lewis.

* Denotes full international

Unavailable for selection due to injury are: Nathan Vella, Matthew Dobson, Nathan Taylor, Pablo Henn, Ricky Reeves, Shane Cahill, Josh McNally, Lachlan McCaffrey, Chris Hala’ufia, Darren Waters and Tim Molenaar.
 

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