London Welsh dismiss reports they are considering a change to the club's name

Last Updated: 08/11/13 4:04pm

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London Welsh have dismissed reports that they are considering a change to the club's name.

There have been suggestions that the Exiles were mulling over the possibility of a change to reflect the fact that they are now based in Oxford.

London Welsh have continued to play their home games at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford this season - rather than returning to their traditional base at Old Deer Park in Richmond - despite their relegation from the Aviva Premiership.

They have also moved their off-the-field administration to Oxford, but efforts to integrate the club into Oxfordshire do not extend to a change of name.

A club statement read: "The name of London Welsh RFC is one of the most recognisable in world club rugby and the club and has been in existence since 1885.

"The club is extremely disappointed by the inaccurate reporting in some sections of the media stemming from a recent interview given by London Welsh chairman Bleddyn Phillips, despite the subject of a name change being unequivocally ruled out in said interview.

"London Welsh hopes this statement will allay any concerns among its supporters, and that the focus can return to Sunday's top of the table Greene King IPA Championship fixture with Bristol at the Kasaam, as the club looks to maintain its 100 per cent start to the season."

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