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London Welsh Team vs Leicester Tigers

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London Welsh make six changes for Saturday’s Round 20 Aviva Premiership fixture against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road (KO 3pm).

In the backs, Alan Awcock replaces Will Robinson at full back while Rhys Crane comes in for Seb Stegmann on the right wing.

Olly Barkley starts at fly half in place of Tristan Roberts, with James Lewis named at inside centre in place of Tom May.

In the forwards, former Tiger Ben Pienaar comes in at blindside flanker for another ex-Welford Road man, Richard Thorpe, who drops to the bench.

Chris Hala’ufia starts at Number 8 with Opeti Fonua named among the replacements.

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

London Welsh’s last visit to Welford Road, in February 2013, saw the home side secure a 28-12 victory.

The last time Welsh beat Leicester at Welford Road was in a club fixture in September 1987 when they won 9-6. The Exiles have only played Leicester twice at Welford Road since then however – one being the sides’ 2013 Premiership meeting and the other being a friendly during the 1995/96 season.

London Welsh: 15. Alan Awcock, 14. Rhys Crane, 13. Nic Reynolds, 12. James Lewis, 11. Chris Elder, 10. Olly Barkley*, 9. Rob Lewis, 1. Nathan Trevett, 2. Koree Britton, 3. Ben Cooper, 4. Ben West, 5. Matt Corker (C), 6. Ben Pienaar, 7. Darren Waters, 8. Chris Hala’ufia*.

Replacements: 16. Nathan Morris, 17. Eddie Aholelei*, 18. Jack Gilding, 19. Josh McNally, 20. Opeti Fonua*, 21. Richard Thorpe*, 22. Paul Rowley, 23. Will Robinson.

* Denotes full international

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

Tickets: London Welsh vs Saracens
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