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Head coach Wayne Smith and his assistant Brendon Ratcliffe have made five changes to the squad which suffered a disappointing defeat to London Irish last weekend.

John Leslie returns at inside centre in place of Chris Hyndman and Johnny Howard starts at scrum half ahead of Mark Robinson.

In the front row, props Brett Sturgess and Chris Budgen line up either side of Dan Richmond in place of Renaud Peillard and Robbie Morris.

In the back row, Mark Connors returns from injury in place of Mark Soden.

15 NICK BEAL14 John Clarke13 Mark Tucker12 JOHN LESLIE11 BRUCE REIHANA10 Shane Drahm9 Johnny Howard1 Brett Sturgess2 Dan Richmond3 Chris Budgen4 Matt Lord5 Rob Hunter6 MARK CONNORS7 Darren Fox8 ANDREW BLOWERS

Replacements: Matt Miles, ROBBIE MORRIS, Jon Phillips, Grant Seely, Mark Robinson, James Brooks, Chris Hyndman

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