On the eve of London Welsh’s return to the Aviva Premiership the Club were honoured with a special Civic Reception at Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday evening.

At the invitation of the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mohammed Abbasi, the full London Welsh squad, coaching staff and members of the Club’s Board were in attendance to acknowledge the Exiles’ Championship winning achievement and to build up to what promises to be a fantastic season of Aviva Premiership rugby at the Kassam Stadium, beginning with the visit of Exeter Chiefs on Sunday 7th September.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Mohammed Abbasi, said: “I’m delighted to welcome London Welsh to the Town Hall to celebrate their success, and I wish them all the luck for next season.

“It is a great honour to have such an excellent team in the city of the Oxford, and to be back playing in the Aviva Premiership is a great achievement.”

London Welsh Chairman Bleddyn Phillips said: “I’d like to thank the Lord Mayor and the Councillors of the City Oxford for their generosity in hosting this function. I think it’s a mark of the respect we have for each other that we are able to share occasions such as this.

“London Welsh’s commitment to Oxford is not just about playing rugby on a Sunday afternoon at the Kassam Stadium; it’s about being part of the community in Oxford and part of the local rugby club setting in Oxford and Oxfordshire. It’s also about taking that message out to the schools and colleges.

“In bringing top level rugby to Oxford what we want to emphasis are those qualities which we believe are essential to the success of the team. Values like honesty, integrity, commitment, hard work, a never-say-die attitude - qualities which have helped us on the pitch to gain promotion back to the Aviva Premiership, which is where I believe we belong and where I firmly believe we will stay.

“When we first came to Oxford two years ago people thought we would be here for a season and then go back to Old Deer Park. The fact that we stayed here while we were in the Championship and that we have signed up for a further three years demonstrates that this is a long term commitment and a relationship we are proud of building within Oxford and Oxfordshire.

“I believe we have a very valuable symbiotic relationship with Oxford which I’m sure will foster and develop further between us.”