Aviva Premiership match preview: London Welsh v Worcester
Last Updated: 04/05/13 2:15pm
London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones makes six changes as the Exiles bow out of the Aviva Premiership against Worcester at the Kassam Stadium.
In the backs, James Lewis replaces the injured Sonny Parker at inside centre, while Rob Lewis comes in at scrum half for Tyson Keats.
There's one change in the front row with Arthur Joly named at tighthead in place of Paulica Ion, while it's all change in the back-row.
Daniel Browne moves to blindside flanker, with Alfie To'oala taking over the number eight jersey. Lee Beach, who has already announced his retirement from professional rugby at the end of the season, comes into the side at openside flanker in place of Michael Hills.
Meanwhile, Richard de Carpentier will make his Premiership debut for the Warriors in Saturday's game.
The number eight, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on Tuesday, will line-up alongside Sam Betty and Neil Best in the back-row after impressing during this season's LV= Cup.
De Carpentier is one of three changes to the team which faced Harlequins last time out as Andy Short and Sam Betty are recalled to the side.
Short will start at inside centre for his final game for Warriors before he moves to Bristol at the end of the season whilst Betty starts his first match since February.
Ben Howard retains his place on the wing after an encouraging full Premiership debut two weekends ago.
The clash will also see Andy Goode and Matt Mullan making their final starts for the club before they leave at the end of the season.
Academy wing Max Stelling is named as a replacement and will make his Aviva Premiership debut if he comes on.
Dean Schofield and Paul Hodgson are also recalled to the bench as Warriors aim to pick-up their first away league win this season.
London Welsh: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Dan Caprice, 13 Seb Stegmann, 12 James Lewis, 11 Nick Scott, 10 Gordon Ross (c), 9 Rob Lewis, 8 Alfie To'oala, 7 Lee Beach, 6 Daniel Browne, 5 Matt Corker, 4 Kirill Kulemin, 3 Arthur Joly, 2 Greg Bateman, 1 Tom Bristow.
Replacements: 16 Dan George, 17 James Tideswell, 18 Billy Moss, 19 Adam Brown, 20 Julio Cabello Farias, 21 Mike Denbee, 22 Alex Davies, 23 Joe Ajuwa.
Worcester: 15 Chris Pennell, 14 Josh Drauniniu, 13 Andy Short, 12 Alex Grove, 11 Ben Howard, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Jonny Arr, 8 Richard de Carpentier, 7 Sam Betty, 6 Neil Best, 5 Chris Jones, 4 James Percival (c), 3 Euan Murray, 2 Ed Shervington, 1 Matt Mullan.
Replacements: 16 Aleki Lutui, 17 Rob O'Donnell, 18 John Andress, 19 Dean Schofield, 20 Jake Abbott, 21 Paul Hodgson, 22 Danny Gray, 23 Max Stelling.
What they said...
London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones
"The last couple of weeks have been very difficult but we're really looking forward to Saturday's game and trying to finish on a high. We're expecting an exciting game at the Kassam Stadium that will reflect on what has been an exciting season for the club. Preparations have been difficult; we have 14 players out injured, but the motivation and spirit in training has been good this week and the boys are keen to end the season with a victory."
Worcester assistant head coach Nigel Redman
"There's quite a bit riding on this game for us and it would be great - for the players more than anyone - to end the season with a win. London Welsh are coached by a very competitive person in Lyn Jones and I think they've got a lot of pride. They're a wounded animal who would love to finish on a high. But we want to finish on a high so it will be a competitive game."
Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 22
Lyn Jones admits he would like to remain loyal to relegated London Welsh, but the club's board must match his ambitions.
Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea is already looking forward to an "incredibly exciting" play-off semi-final at Leicester.
Leicester boss Richard Cockerill admits his side will have to be "dead, dead right" to beat Harlequins next weekend.