RUGBY UNION: Awcock in as London Welsh shuffle pack

9:00am Saturday 17th May 2014

JUSTIN Burnell has made six changes for the crunch play-off semi-final, second leg against Leeds Carnegie.

The Exiles need to overturn a seven-point gap following last Sunday’s 38-31 defeat in Yorkshire.

Burnell, Welsh’s head coach, brings in Alan Awcock, who came off the bench to score two tries in the first leg, for Alex Davies at full back.

Seb Jewell, making his first appearance since the victory at London Scottish on March 30, replaces James Tincknell at inside centre.

There’s also a change at scrum half, with Tyson Keats preferred to Chris Cook.

In the forwards, Nathan Morris and Peter Edwards come in for Nathan Vella and James Tideswell.

In the back row, Daniel Browne makes way for Peter Browne at blindside flanker.

Despite starting the game behind on aggregate, it won’t change Welsh’s approach, according to Burnell.

“The seven-point deficit isn’t going to affect our game,” he said.

“We’re not going to be running from our own 22 and we’re not going to be just kicking for the corner – we’re going out to win.”

Leeds make just one change to their XV.

Scrum half Craig Hampson has not recovered from a foot injury, so James Doherty gets the nod.

TOMORROW’S TEAMS

London Welsh: Awcock, Stegmann, May (capt), Jewell, Scott, Ross, Keats, Trevett, Morris, Edwards, Spencer, Corker, Browne, Kirwan, Stedman. Reps: Vella, Bristow, Tideswell, West, Quill, Cook, Crane.

Leeds: McColl, Holmes, Vickerman, Burdon, Doherty, Hughes, Doherty, Beech, Nilsen, Tussac, Beck, Myerscough, Sisi, Rowan (capt), Burrows. Reps: Graham, Imiolek, Hooper, Walker, Green, Georgiou, Lozowski.

New signing Brown out to entertain U's fans

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Junior Brown is aiming to excite the fans at Oxford United this season after admitting the chance to join was too good to turn down.

CRICKET: Porter shines as Oxon bounce back in style

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE bounced back emphatically to beat Leicestershire & Rutland by eight wickets at Ashby Hastings in ECB Women’s County Championship Division 3.

CRICKET: Garrett breaks record with double ton

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

JORDAN Garrett re-wrote the county age group record books with an unbeaten double century for Oxfordshire Under 17s against Bucks in the ECB Championship.

ANGLING: It's Devon delight for Paul

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

WITNEY angler Paul Claridge’s third carping holiday trip to Furzebray Lakes in Devon proved one to remember.

CRICKET: Russell's half-century secures semi-final rpeat

Oxford Mail: Oxfordshire Under 16s’ Callum Russell looks for runs during his innings of 40 against England MLD at Aston Rowant

8:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

CALLUM Russell’s gutsy 57 not out led Oxfordshire to a thrilling four-wicket win at home to Buckinghamshire in their last ECB Under 17 Cup group match.

FOOTBALL: Crendon are runners-up

Oxford Mail: football generic

7:20am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Long Crendon Res finished runners-up to Aylesbury Park Rangers in the DAF Trucks Cup on their home ground.

MOTORSPORT: Top riders in Berks bonanza

7:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Top riders from across the country will be battling it out for honours in the Berks Bonanza Arena Super Trial at Seymour’s Arena, Aston Tirrold, near Didcot, next weekend.

CRICKET: Noble nails top knock

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

7:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

OXFORDSHIRE Under 15 girls experienced mixed results in a festival at Malvern College.

ANGLING: Sorry, this relief canal for Oxford doesn't hold water

7:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

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ANGLING: Swimmers, boats - a cracking match to boot

7:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

THE 25 anglers fishing the practice match for the next round of the Oxford Summer League on the Thames at Folly and Medley had to contend with boats and swimmers, but it still turned out to be a cracker.

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