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London Welsh Team vs London Irish

London Welsh make seven changes, including one positional, for Saturday’s Round 16 Aviva Premiership fixture against London Irish at the Kassam Stadium (KO 2:30pm).

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

In the backs, Nick Scott comes back into the side on the left wing. James Lewis starts at outside centre, with Nic Reynolds named among the replacements, while Rob Lewis takes over the number nine jersey from Piri Weepu.

In the forwards, Jack Gilding starts at tight head with Taione Vea moving to the bench. Club captain Matt Corker returns to the second row and Opeti Fonua to the Number 8 jersey, with Ben Pienaar moving to blindside flanker.

Saturday will be the 133rd meeting between the two Exiles clubs since they first crossed swords in 1898. Irish came out on top in that first meeting, as they did in the sides’ Boxing Day clash at the Madejski Stadium, 24-9, thanks to tries from Alex Lewington, Geoff Cross and Tom Court.

London Irish’s last visit to the Kassam Stadium, in December 2012, produced a 15-9 win for Welsh with assistant coach Gordon Ross kicking five penalties.

London Welsh: 15. Elliot Kear*, 14. Seb Stegmann, 13. James Lewis, 12. James Tincknell, 11. Nick Scott, 10. Will Robinson, 9. Rob Lewis, 1. Eddie Aholelei*, 2. Rob Elloway, 3. Jack Gilding, 4. Dean Schofield*, 5. Matt Corker (C), 6. Ben Pienaar, 7. Carl Kirwan, 8. Opeti Fonua*.

Replacements: 16. Nathan Morris, 17. Nathan Trevett, 18. Taione Vea*, 19. James Down, 20. Richard Thorpe*, 21. Alex Davies, 22. Olly Barkley*, 23. Nic Reynolds.

* Denotes full international

Unavailable for selection due to injury are: Nathan Vella, Koree Britton, Matthew Dobson, Nathan Taylor, Pablo Henn, Ricky Reeves, Shane Cahill, Josh McNally, Pete Browne, Darren Waters, Chris Hala’ufia, Opeti Fonua, Tim Molenaar and Seb Jewell.

Tickets: London Welsh vs London Irish
Tickets for London Welsh’s Aviva Premiership fixture with London Irish on Saturday 28th February (kick-off 2:30pm) at the Kassam Stadium are available here or by calling the London Welsh Ticket Office on 01865 717661.

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