Aviva Premiership: London Irish v London Welsh match preview
Last Updated: 20/04/13 2:36pm
London Irish welcome back all-action No 8 Chris Hala'ufia for Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash with London Welsh at the Madejski Stadium.
Elsewhere, Marland Yarde is recalled to the wing, while Steven Shingler takes his place at inside centre alongside Guy Armitage.
England international Alex Corbisiero starts at loosehead and club captain, Declan Danaher, makes a welcome return from injury to be named amongst the replacements.
"Tomorrow is our last home match of the season and we are keen to put in a strong performance in front of our home supporters," said London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith.
"We have not lost at home in 2013 and we want to ensure that record stays intact after tomorrow. London Welsh will be determined to put in a good performance and we are ready to meet that challenge."
For London Welsh, both Gordon Ross and Daniel Browne will both make their 100th Premiership appearances after being named in the starting XV.
Ross made his Premiership debut for Leeds against Leicester Tigers at Headingley over a decade ago in August 2002, while Browne's first Premiership appearance came for Northampton at Leicester Tigers in September 2005.
Head coach Lyn Jones makes five changes in total after last weekend's defeat to Northampton Saints sealed London Welsh's return to the Championship next season.
All of those switches come in the backline, with Seb Stegmann starting at outside centre and Sonny Parker moving to the number 12 jersey to replace the injured Seb Jewell.
Nick Scott moves to number 14 jersey, with Dan Caprice named on the left wing, while Tyson Keats replaces Alex Davies at scrum half, who starts on the bench.
London Irish: 15 Tom Homer, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Guy Armitage, 12 Steven Shingler, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Ian Humphreys, 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Chris Hala'ufia, 7 Ofisa Treviranus, 6 Matt Garvey, 5 Bryn Evans, 4 George Skivington (capt), 3 Halani Aulika, 2 David Paice, 1 Alex Corbisiero
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Leo Halavatau, 19 Kieran Low, 20 Declan Danaher, 21 Topsy Ojo, 22 Shane Geraghty, 23 Jack Moates
London Welsh: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Nick Scott, 13 Seb Stegmann, 12 Sonny Parker, 11 Dan Caprice, 10 Gordon Ross (capt), 9 Tyson Keats, 8 Daniel Browne, 7 Michael Hills, 6 Julio Cabello Farias, 5 Kirill Kulemin, 4 Matt Corker, 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Greg Bateman, 1 Tom Bristow
Replacements: 16 Dan George, 17 Arthur Joly, 18 James Tideswell, 19 Adam Brown, 20 Adam Balding, 21 Rob Lewis, 22 Alex Davies, 23 Joe Ajuwa
Fri 24th Apr
Bath43 - 18London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks23 - 25Harlequins
Gloucester42 - 40Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers38 - 17London Welsh
Northampton25 - 20Saracens
Sun 26th Apr
Wasps0 - 0Exeter
Fri 8th May
Harlequins0 - 0Bath
Sat 9th May
Sale Sharks0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Gloucester0 - 0London Irish
Northampton0 - 0London Welsh
Wasps0 - 0Leicester Tigers
Sun 10th May
Saracens0 - 0Exeter
Sat 16th May
Bath0 - 0Gloucester
Exeter0 - 0Sale Sharks
Leicester Tigers0 - 0Northampton
London Irish0 - 0Wasps
London Welsh0 - 0Saracens
Newcastle Falcons0 - 0Harlequins
Aviva Premiership 2012/13 Round 21
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Exeter closed on the sixth and final Heineken Cup spot for next season with a 37-24 bonus-point victory over Wasps.
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- Smith praises in-form Aulika
- Ford targets Heineken Cup spot
- Fraser a doubt for Toulon semi
- Quins secure play-off berth
- Irish run riot against Welsh
- Sarries streak comes to a halt
- Louw leaves it late for Bath
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