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London Welsh Team vs Exeter Chiefs

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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.

 

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