London Welsh v Harlequins - Aviva Premiership match preview
Last Updated: 06/01/13 10:27am
London Welsh coach Lyn Jones has made three changes to his squad for Sunday's Aviva Premiership clash with Harlequins at the Kassam Stadium.
At number eight Adam Balding gets the nod over Alfie To'oala who moves back to the bench.
Tighthead prop Paulica Ion returns to the run-on side after being out with a knee injury, and Michael Hills comes in at openside flank to replace Mike Denbee.
The match day squad also sees the return of the influential Tyson Keates and the international experience of Tom Voyce.
Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea has made six changes to the team that defeated London Irish in Big Game 5 at Twickenham Stadium last weekend.
Among the backs Ollie Lindsay-Hague comes in for Mike Brown at full-back, while Jordan Turner-Hall and George Lowe form the centre partnership in place of Tom Casson and Matt Hopper, with the latter named on the bench.
The final change in the back-line sees Sam Smith taking over from Ugo Monye on the left wing.
In the forwards Charlie Matthews comes in for Olly Kohn in the second row while Tom Guest starts at blindside flanker in place of Maurie Fa'asavalu.
London Welsh: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Dan Caprice, 13 Seb Jewell, 12 Sonny Parker, 11 Nick Scott, 10 Gordon Ross, 9 Rob Lewis, 8 Adam Balding, 7 Michael Hills, 6 Ed Jackson, 5 Kirill Kulemin, 4 Jonathon Mills (c), 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Neil Briggs, 1 Frank Montanella.
Replacements: 16 Greg Bateman, 17 Tom Bristow, 18 James Tideswell, 19 Matt Corker, 20 Alfie To'oala, 21 Tyson Keates, 22 Alex Davies, 23 Tom Voyce.
Harlequins: 15 Ollie Lindsay-Hague, 14 Tom Williams, 13 George Lowe, 12 Jordan Turner-Hall, 11 Sam Smith, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Care, 8 Nick Easter, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Guest, 5 George Robson, 4 Charlie Matthews, 3 James Johnston, 2 Joe Gray, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Rob Buchanan, 17 Mark Lambert, 18 Will Collier, 19 Sam Twomey, 20 Luke Wallace, 21 Karl Dickson, 22 Ben Botica, 23 Matt Hopper.
What they said...
London Welsh coach Lyn Jones
"We've taken on board a lot of lessons from our first game against Harlequins.
"We have progressed and developed as a side and have made great improvements in our discipline and our kicking game.
"We are aware they are a very confident side and are top of the League at the moment, we are disappointed after last week and are keen to make amends."
Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 14
Harlequins' 10-match winning streak came to an end as London Wasps held on for a 17-16 victory at the Twickenham Stoop.
Full-back Tom Homer kicked 19 points to help London Irish upset the odds with a 29-16 victory over Saracens.
Bath claimed a 32-9 bonus-point victory over Worcester in the battle between eighth and ninth in the Aviva Premiership.