London Welsh v Harlequins Premiership Preview

London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones has made four changes to the team that lost
to Wasps for this week’s team to face Premiership Champions Harlequins at the
Kassam Stadium.

Three of the changes are in the starting line up as Adam Balding gets the nod
over Alfie To’oala who moves back to the bench. Paulica Ion returns to the starting
line-up after being out with a knee injury, and Michael Hills comes in at starting
open side to replace Mike Denbee.

The match day squad also sees the return of the influential Tyson Keates and
the international experience of Tom Voyce.

London Welsh’s last outing against Harlequins resulted in heavy defeat at the
start of the season. However the Exiles are a much improved team from the one
that faced the Quins in September and will hope to use the home crowd to their

“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,” said Jones.

“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.”

The Premiership newcomers have slipped to back to back Aviva Premiership Rugby
defeats, but at Kassam Stadium the Exiles have won two of their last three games.

Harlequins, the defending Premiership champions, have topped the table since
round seven.

Quins’ only defeat in their last six encounters in the competition was
18-21 at Bath on 23 November.

Harlequins won 40-3 when the two clubs met at the Twickenham Stoop in round

London Welsh’s only previous victory over Harlequins in a competitive
match was in September 1972 with a 45-12 victory at Twickenham in the 1st round
of the RFU Knockout Cup.

Meanwhile Harlequins have made six changes to the team that beat London Irish
last week with Ollie Lindsay-Hague comes in for Mike Brown at full back.

Jordan Tuner-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.

Match : London Welsh v Harlequins
Date : Sunday 6th January
Venue : Kassam Stadium
Kick Off : 3pm
Live on: N/A
Match Officials
Llyr apGeraint-Roberts (9th Premiership game)
Assistant Referees: Paul Dix, Robin Goodliffe.


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.


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

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