Aviva Premiership match preview: London Welsh v Northampton Saints
Last Updated: 14/04/13 2:30pm
London Welsh have made four changes to their side ahead of Sunday's Aviva Premiership encounter with Northampton Saints at the Kassam Stadium.
An injury sustained by Gonzalo Tiesi means there will be changes in the backline with Tom Arscott moving to full-back.
Seb Jewell is switched to inside centre where he will be partnered by Sonny Parker while Nick Scott comes into the side on the left wing with Phil MacKenzie ruled out through injury.
Meanwhile coach Lyn Jones names an unchanged forward line from the Exiles 40-25 defeat at the hands of Bath last time out.
Welsh remain rooted at the foot of the Premiership standing with just four wins so far this campaign.
In contrast Northampton Saints sit strong in fourth position with the semi-finals less than a month away.
The Saints make three changes to the starting XV which lost out 36-8 against Leicester Tigers last time out.
Ken Pisi will start on the right wing in place of James Wilson who fails to make the match-day squad while Luther Burrell gets the nod at inside centre ahead of Tom May.
In the front row Brian Mujati starts at prop with Tom Mercey dropped from the side while a reshuffle in the pack sees Tom Wood start at flanker and Samu Manoa takes the number eight jersey.
London Welsh: 15 Tom Arscott, 14 Seb Stegmann, 13 Sonny Parker, 12 Seb Jewell, 11 Nick Scott, 10 Gordon Ross, 9 Alex Davies, 8 Daniel Browne, 7 Michael Hills, 6 Julio Cabello Farias, 5 Kirill Kulemin, 4 Jonathan Mills (capt), 3 Paulica Ion, 2 Greg Bateman, 1 Tom Bristow.
Replacements: 16 Dan George, 17 Arthur Joly, 18 James Tideswell, 19 Matt Corker, 20 Adam Balding, 21 Rob Lewis, 22 James Lewis, 23 Tom Voyce.
Northampton Saints: 15 Ben Foden, 14 Ken Pisi, 13 George Pisi, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Jamie Elliott, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 8 Samu Manoa, 7 Phil Dowson, 6 Tom Wood, 5 Christian Day, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Dylan Hartley (capt), 1 Soane Tonga'uiha.
Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Alex Waller, 18 Paul Doran Jones, 19 GJ van Velze, 20 Calum Clark, 21 Martin Roberts, 22 Ryan Lamb, 23 Tom May.
What they said...
London Welsh coach Lyn Jones
"Northampton are a side that's hurting at the moment after their defeat to Leicester, and are attempting to join Harlequins, Saracens and the Tigers in the elite bracket of the Aviva Premiership.
"We are under no illusions as to the size of that challenge therefore that they will pose on Sunday. They've got quality players from 1 to 15."
Northampton Saints fly-half Stephen Myler
"The Leicester game brought us back to earth with a bump, but we've got to put that past us and look positively forward to this game on Sunday.
"After a result like that you want to get back out there and put things right. But unlike in previous years we've had a bit of a break, and hopefully that will stand us in good stead for this Sunday and the other big games we've got coming up."
Sun 12th Apr
Exeter21 - 10Northampton
London Welsh13 - 40Wasps
London Irish25 - 23Sale Sharks
Fri 24th Apr
Bath0 - 0London Irish
Sat 25th Apr
Sale Sharks0 - 0Harlequins
Gloucester0 - 0Newcastle Falcons
Leicester Tigers0 - 0London Welsh
Northampton0 - 0Saracens
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 20
Mark McCall slammed Josh Matavesi for his 'horrendous' challenge on Neil de Kock during Saracens' win over Worcester.
Saracens secured a home semi-final in the Aviva Premiership play-offs with a 47-17 bonus-point win over Worcester.
London Welsh will finish bottom of the Aviva Premiership after losing 31-14 to Northampton Saints.