London Welsh make three changes for Sunday’s Round 16 Greene King IPA Championship fixture with Cornish Pirates at Mennaye Field (kick-off 3:45pm).
In the backs, Nick Scott is named on the wing in place of Alan Awock, who moves to the bench.
In the forwards, there’s a start for on loan Leicester Tigers’ prop Tom Bristow, who moved to Welford Road in the summer from Welsh after making 33 appearances for the Exiles during the 2012/13 season. Nathan Trevett is named among the replacements.
In the forwards, former Pirate Ian Nimmo partners Ben West in the second row. Nimmo spent two seasons at the Cornish Pirates, in which he made 60 appearances and scored three tries.
On the bench, Dan Browne is poised to make his first appearance since Welsh’s defeat to Bedford Blues on November 30 at Goldington Road.
“We’ve got to win on the road. We lost in a horrible way down in Plymouth but we rectified those errors in training, but it’s pointless if we can’t go down to Pirates and back up the performance that we produced against Rotherham,” said London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell.
“We played Rotherham and won twice, we’ve played Leeds and won twice, we’ve played Bristol and won - we beaten all the sides in the top four. But that isn’t the issue; the issue is we’ve got to be able to go on the road and win games.
“Pirates is a massive game for us. We have to win and we’ll be going there with that mind-set.
“The performance last Sunday was a fantastic advert for people to see what we’re about. We are able to play different styles of rugby. We haven’t just got plan A, we’ve got plan B, C, D and E. We’re on target to stay in that top four and that’s the most important thing.”
When the sides met at the Kassam Stadium earlier in the season, Welsh came out on top 41-6 thanks to tries from Seb Jewell, Carl Kirwan, Rob Lewis, Andy Titterrell and Tom May, with Gordon Ross kicking 19 points.
London Welsh: 15. Seb Jewell, 14. Seb Stegmann, 13. Tom May* (C), 12. Sonny Parker*, 11. Nick Scott, 10. Will Robinson, 9. Rob Lewis, 1. Tom Bristow, 2. Nathan Vella, 3. James Tideswell, 4. Ben West, 5. Ian Nimmo, 6. Mitch Lees, 7. Carl Kirwan, 8. Richard Thorpe.
Replacements: 16. Nathan Morris, 17. Nathan Trevett, 18. Peter Edwards, 19. Dan Browne, 20. Ollie Stedman, 21. Alex Davies, 22. Alan Awcock.
* Denotes full international