Fixtures - Top Bar

London Welsh Team vs Exeter Chiefs

London Welsh make ten changes for Saturday’s Round 17 Aviva Premiership fixture against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park (KO 3pm).

Nick Scott, Carl Kirwan, James Lewis, Olly Barkley and Dean Schofield have all been ruled out after picking up injuries in last weekend's defeat to London Irish, to take London Welsh's current injury list to 21.

In the backs, Nic Reynolds comes in for James Lewis at outside centre and Alan Awcock replaces Nick Scott on the left wing. Tristan Roberts starts at fly half.

In the forwards, Number 8 Opeti Fonua is the only survivor from the loss to Irish. Nathan Trevett, Nathan Morris and Taione Vea all return to the front row, while Ben West comes in for Dean Schofield in the second row, where he'll partner James Down.

Lachlan McCaffrey is named at blindside flanker with Richard Thorpe replacing Carl Kirwan at openside. Thorpe will captain the side.

On the bench, Chis Hala'ufia is set to make his first appearance for the Exiles since their defeat to Wasps at Adams Park in November.

The London Welsh starting XV includes eight members of its Championship winning team of last season, with four more named on the bench.

The last time Welsh visited Sandy Park the Chiefs won 46-17 in February 2012. Indeed, Sandy Park hasn't been the happiest of hunting grounds for the Exiles in the past, with Welsh without a win from their six previous visits to the ground.

London Welsh: 15. Elliot Kear*, 14. Seb Stegmann, 13. Nic Reynolds, 12. James Tincknell, 11. Alan Awcock, 10. Tristan Roberts, 9. Rob Lewis, 1. Nathan Trevett, 2. Nathan Morris, 3. Taione Vea*, 4. Ben West, 5. James Down, 6. Lachlan McCaffrey, 7. Richard Thorpe (C), 8. Opeti Fonua*.

Replacements: 16. Rob Elloway, 17. Eddie Aholelei*, 18. Jack Gilding, 19. Matt Corker, 20. Chris Hala'ufia*, 21. Alex Davies, 22. Will Robinson, 23. Tom May*.

* Denotes full international

Unavailable for selection due to injury are: Nathan Vella, Koree Britton, Matthew Dobson, Harry Allen, Nathan Taylor, Pablo Henn, Ricky Reeves, Shane Cahill, Josh McNally, Dean Schofield, Pete Browne, Darren Waters, Carl Kirwan, Paul Rowley, Tim Molenaar, Olly Barkley, James Lewis, Nick Scott, Rhys Crane, Chris Elder and Seb Jewell.

 

Latest News

Match Report: Harlequins 18 Leicester Tigers 27

Leicester Tigers’ impressive second-half comeback saw them score 24 unanswered points and stun hosts Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop to claim…

Myler still dreaming of top four with Northampton Saints

He has been the cornerstone of Northampton’s back-line for more than a decade and fly-half Stephen Myler insists he will…

Stephen Myler

Joseph returns for derby clash against Bristol Rugby

Jonathan Joseph will return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership clash with West Country rivals Bristol…

Chiefs side to face Newcastle Falcons

Rob Baxter may be wary of the threat Newcastle Falcons pose to his Exeter side, but insists its challenges such…

Waldrom

Wasps team to play Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named the Wasps’ side to take on Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday,…

Le Roux Wasps

Sale Sharks Team News

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 2.45pm)  at…

Josh Charnley

Newcastle Falcons team to face Exeter Chiefs

Newcastle Falcons have made three changes ahead of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter Chiefs (kick-off 3pm). Chris Harris replaces…

Evan Olmstead

Gloucester Rugby make two changes for Sunday’s trip to Wasps

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that started against Saracens last weekend, making just two changes…

Lewis Ludlow

Bristol Rugby team to face Bath Rugby

Bristol Rugby play host to Bath Rugby in the much-anticipated West Country derby on Sunday (1pm KO). Mark Tainton’s men…

Gavin Henson

Saracens name team for Sale clash

Saracens have named their team to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round 16 Aviva Premiership clash at Allianz Park, kick-off…

Joel Conlon

Annett and Dowson return for Saints test

Niall Annett and Phil Dowson are among three changes to the Warriors starting line-up for their trip to Franklin’s Gardens…

Phil Dowson

Northampton Saints team news versus Worcester

The Northampton Saints team has been named for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Round 16 home match against Worcester. The Saints head…

Michael Paterson

RFU Disciplinary: Francois Louw

An appeal against the sanction imposed on Francois Louw of Bath Rugby was heard by an RFU Disciplinary appeal panel…

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Six Nations and Aviva Premiership action

It's the third round of matches in the Six Nations Championship this weekend, while action also continues in the Aviva…

Twickenham Stoop

England team to face Italy at Twickenham

Eddie Jones has named his side for England’s RBS 6 Nations game against Italy at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday (kick-off…

Saints eleven pen new deals

Northampton Saints has today announced new deals with 11 members of the current squad. Three of the more experienced players,…

Luther Burrell

Symons wants Gloucester Rugby to kick-on against Wasps

Just three points separates Gloucester Rugby and sixth-placed Harlequins and centre Andy Symons is determined to see the Cherry &…

Bath Rugby surpass 40,000 ticket sales for The Clash

Bath Rugby is thrilled to confirm that over 40,000 tickets have been sold for The Clash, when they will take…

Bath Rugby

Evans determined for a Harlequins top-six finish

Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans is determined to drive Harlequins to a top-six finish as the Aviva Premiership Rugby season reaches…