Davies keeps the faith for Cornish Pirates trip to London Welsh
Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies keeps faith with much of the squad who performed so well in Scotland last week ahead of tomorrow night's Championship clash with unbeaten London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford (6.30pm).
The Pirates scored eight tries in their cup win at Ayr and Davies has largely resisted the temptation to recall some of the senior players rested for that trip, making instead only a handful of changes to the travelling squad.
In the backs, Welsh duo Tom Riley and Rheon James are recalled at centre in place of Alex Dancer and Tom Hendrickson who moves to the bench.
Tom Kessell, a travelling reserve a week ago, returns at scrum-half and Kieran Hallett starts at ten, swapping places with Angus Sinclair, and also taking over the captaincy.
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Last weekend's reserve front row of Shane Cahill, Tom Channon and Peter Joyce will open proceedings in Oxford with Rob Elloway recalled to the bench in place of the injured Aaron Carpenter.
The only other change in the pack sees flankers Alex Cheesman and Joe Atkinson swap places.
Fit-again lock James Sandford is the only other new face as comes in as a replacement taking over from last week's man of the match, Darren Barry.
Meanwhile, captain Tom May returns to the London Welsh starting line-up and forms a new centre partnership with Sonny Parker, after missing the Exiles' back-to-back defeats in the B&I Cup.
The only other change in the backs from the side that lost to Pontypridd sees Rob Lewis named at scrum half.
In the forwards, Nathan Trevett comes into the front row while Mitch Lees moves from blindside flanker to the second row, where he partners Peter Browne. Richard Thorpe wears the number six jersey.
London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell said: "We're disappointed with last week's result and also the result against London Scottish, but it's all about the league and building for those play-off positions.
"We're back at the Kassam and we want that place full of screaming people from Oxford and London, following London Welsh. It's our second home game there – the last time we got a bonus point win over Plymouth – and it's going to be the same approach.
"It's going to be very entertaining, we like scoring tries and Pirates are a very good side, with the same approach, so there couldn't be a better place to be on Saturday evening than the Kassam.”
Saturday's game is sure to provoke memories of the clubs' 2012 Championship final meeting, when the Exiles clinched the title in the second leg at the Kassam on aggregate 66-41.
London Welsh: Seb Jewell, Seb Stegmann, Tom May (c), Sonny Parker, Nick Scott, Gordon Ross, Rob Lewis, Nathan Trevett, Andy Titterrell, Peter Edwards, Mitch Lees, Peter Browne, Richard Thorpe, Carl Kirwan, Daniel Browne. Replacements: Kevin Davis, Billy Moss, James Tideswell, Matt Corker, Ben Pienaar, Alex Davies, Alan Awcock.
Cornish Pirates: Holland, Pope, Riley, James, Evans, Hallett (capt), Kessell; Cahill, Channon, Joyce, Graulich, Patrick, Parker, Atkinson, Conlon
Replacements – Elloway, Davies, Prescott, Sandford, Cheesman, Sinclair, Hendrickson.