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Lon.Welsh v Newport Anglo Welsh LV= Cup preview

London Welsh host v Newport Gwent Dragons at the Kassam Stadium

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Article Published: Friday 1 February 2013

London Welsh have named new signing Gonzalo Tiesi in their Anglo Welsh LV Cup tie against Newport Gwent Dragons at the Kassam Stadium on Sunday.

Head coach Lyn Jones makes 11 changes, including one positional, from the side beaten 23-6 by Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop last weekend.

Joe Ajuwa starts on the right wing in place of Nick Scott, while Sonny Parker moves from outside to inside centre with Tiesi starting in the number 13 jersey.

Ryan Davis comes in for Gordon Ross at fly half. In the pack, loosehead Tom Bristow is the only forward to retain his place from the defeat at Quins.

Neil Briggs returns at hooker and Greg Bateman comes in at tight head, in place of Dan George and Paulica Ion. There's experience in the second row as Jonathan Mills and Matt Corker make appearances number 163 and 172, respectively, for the club

There's a new look back row with Lee Beach captaining the side from blindside flanker, Daniel Browne at number eight and a start for on loan Henley Hawks flanker Ryan Newman.

On the bench, there's a welcome return to action from injury for Gavin Henson, while Adam Brown and James Lewis will no doubt be especially keen to make an appearance with both listing the Dragons among their former clubs.

Despite London Welsh coach Lyn Jones saying it is not this match is the only “dead rubber” in round four of this season's Anglo Welsh LV= Cup, as neither team can reach the last four.

London Welsh have won only one of their last seven matches in all competitions: 62-5 at home to Prato in the European Challenge Cup on 12 January.

The Exiles are the only side without a victory in this season's Anglo Welsh LV= Cup, whilst their only competitive defeat to a team from Wales was when they visited Neath in the British and Irish Cup in February 2011.

Newport Gwent Dragons beat Ospreys 18-14 at Rodney Parade in round three but have not won successive matches in the competition since season 2010/11.

Dragons have not beaten a Premiership side in any tournament since they visited London Wasps in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup on 22 October 2011 and won 30-29. The two teams have never met before

After being out of action for six months back row Darren Waters returns to the Newport Dragons line up.

Waters was injured whilst playing for the regional side, in a pre-season friendly against London Irish, when he snapped his ACL.

He will make his first start of the season after recovering from the knee ligament injury for the men of Gwent, earlier than scheduled.

Darren stated, “It's been a tough year in the Waters household, with both my injury but mostly my partner's illness, alongside bringing up two young kids. It will be nice to get out on the field on Sunday and put all of my frustrations behind me.”

He will be joined in the team by Wayne Evans, who steps into the captain's boots for the match along with Pat Leach, Tom Prydie, Hugh Gustafson, Ian Nimmo and Jevon Groves.

Last week's Man of the match, Steffan Jones, retains his place at 10 along with young guns Hallam Amos, Jack Dixon and Ieuan Jones.

Match : London Welsh (Pool 1) v Newport Gwent Dragons (Pool 4)
Date : Sunday 3rd of Feb
Venue : Kassam Stadium
Kick Off : 3pm
Live on: N/A
Match Officials
: Andrew Small (RFU) 8th competition game.
Assistant Referees: Chris Sharp, Gareth Copsey.


London Welsh:

15. Tom Voyce, 14. Joe Ajuwa, 13. Gonzalo Tiesi, 12. Sonny Parker, 11. Phil MacKenzie, 10. Ryan Davis, 9. Alex Davies, 1. Tom Bristow, 2. Neil Briggs, 3. Greg Bateman, 4. Jonathan Mills, 5. Matt Corker, 6. Lee Beach (c), 7. Ryan Newman, 8. Daniel Browne.

Replacements: 16. Gareth Evans, 17. Franck Montanella, 18. James Tideswell, 19. Adam Brown, 20. Ed Williamson, 21. Tyson Keats, 22. Gavin Henson, 23. James Lewis.


Hallam Amos, Matthew Pewtner, Pat Leach, Jack Dixon, Tom Prydie, Steffan Jones, Wayne Evans (c); Owen Evans, Hugh Gustafson, Dan Way, Ian Nimmo, Adam Jones, Jevon Groves, Darren Waters, Ieuan Jones.

Replacements: Sam Parry, Phil Price, Nathan Williams, Josh Tyler, Nic Cudd, Rhys Downes, Ashley Smith, Dan Evans

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LV= Cup Pool 1

Saracens 2 2 0 0 46 29 0 8
Dragons 2 1 0 1 72 66 1 5
Bath Rugby
2 1 0 1 53 25 1 5
Gloucester Rugby 2 1 0 1 45 37 1 5

LV= Cup Pool 2

Northampton Saints 2 2 0 0 61 30 1 9
Cardiff Blues 2 2 0 0 41 34 0 8
Sale Sharks 2 1 0 1 45 58 1 5
London Irish 2 0 0 2 38 60 1 1

LV= Cup Pool 3

Leicester Tigers 2 2 0 0 46 29 1 9
Wasps 2 1 0 1 72 54 3 7
Newcastle Falcons 2 0 0 2 44 59 1 1
Scarlets 2 0 0 2 20 43 1 1

LV= Cup Pool 4

Exeter Chiefs 2 1 0 0 28 27 0 8
Harlequins 2 0 0 1 20 25 1 5
Ospreys 2 0 0 2 44 72 1 1
London Welsh 2 0 0 2 16 65 0 0
Note : Pool 1 plays Pool 4 and Pool 2 plays Pool 3.