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London Welsh Team v Saracens

London Welsh make 12 changes, including one positional, for the visit of Saracens to the Kassam Stadium on Sunday in the LV= Cup (KO 2:30pm).

The Exiles’ starting XV includes eight members of its Championship winning side, with five more named on the bench.

In the backs, Elliot Kear starts at full back, Alan Awcock replaces Seb Stegmann on the right wing, while team captain Tom May returns to the starting line up at outside centre. Nick Scott comes back into the team on the left wing.

In the forwards, Nathan Trevett, Koree Britton and Taione Vea form a new look front row, while Ben West and James Down start in the second row. Ben Pienaar moves from Number 8 to blindside flanker, with Opeti Fonua coming back into the team, with Carl Kirwan named at openside.

On the bench, Alex Davies is set to make his first appearance of the season since suffering a knee injury in Welsh’s Championship semi-final 1st leg at Leeds Carnegie in May.

The last time Saracens visited the Kassam Stadium was in October 2012 when they came away with a 25-20 victory in the Aviva Premiership. When the sides’ met at Allianz Park in December in the Premiership, Saracens ran out 78-7 winners.

London Welsh: 15. Elliot Kear*, 14. Alan Awcock, 13. Tom May* (C), 12. Olly Barkley* 11. Nick Scott, 10. Tristan Roberts, 9. Rob Lewis, 1. Nathan Trevett, 2. Koree Britton, 3. Taione Vea*, 4. Ben West, 5. James Down, 6. Ben Pienaar, 7. Carl Kirwan, 8. Opeti Fonua*.

Replacements: 16. Nathan Morris, 17. Eddie Aholelei*, 18. Ben Cooper, 19. Dean Schofield*, 20. Richard Thorpe*, 21. Alex Davies, 22. Will Robinson, 23. James Lewis.

* Denotes full international

Unavailable for selection due to injury are: Nathan Vella, Matthew Dobson, Nathan Taylor, Pablo Henn, Shane Cahill, Chris Hala’ufia, Darren Waters, Tim Molenaar, Nic Reynolds, Seb Jewell and Seb Stegmann.
 

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