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.

FOOTBALL: Hop aboard

Oxford Mail: football generic

6:00am Friday 19th September 2014

The fourth North Berks League Groundhop takes place this weekend.

SQUASH: Tournament at Racquets

Oxford Mail: SQUASH: Wyvern Open attracts high quality field

6:00am Friday 19th September 2014

RACQUETS Fitness Centre, Thame, plays hosts to a graded tournament this weekend.

PIGEONS: Latest results

Oxford Mail: ON THE WING: Steve Evans claimed the red card in Amman Valley Pigeon Club's second young bird race of the year.

5:00am Friday 19th September 2014

Oxford Central (Wadebridge, 9 sent 42): 1, 4, 7 Mr & Mrs R Ward 996.8, 957, 879; 2, 5, 6 D Fellows 996.6, 949, 940; 3 L Wheeler 972; 8, 9, 10 Mr & Mrs S Capon 864, 796x2; 11 K Shipperley 774; 12 L Hall 715; 13, 14, 15 M Kelly 644, 635, 633.

BRADLEY SMITH COLUMN: Valentino Rossi sets the standard and I can learn so much

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

WE saw Valentino Rossi at his very best at Misano – and what a career he has had.

Mullins backs O'Dowda to hit the heights

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

CALLUM O’Dowda has all the attributes to progress and play at a higher level, according to Oxford United teammate Johnny Mullins.

BOWLS: Oxfordshire storm home

Oxford Mail: image of bowls close up of bowling woods and jack for sport

8:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Oxfordshire's men came within a whisker of a clean sweep of rink wins as they beat Worcestershire 131-100 in a friendly at Chipping Norton.

ICE HOCKEY: Flakey Stars in double defeat despite 99 shots

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Oxford City Stars suffered a brace of defeats on the opening weekend of the English National League South Division 1 season – despite having an incredible 99 shots on goal.

ATHLETICS: Fernandez and Pank rule the roost

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

PAUL Fernandez and Michelle Pank powered to dominant victories at the Finstock 10K.

BAR BILLIARDS: Trophies for Vikings and Bletchingdon

Oxford Mail: cue and cue ball for images of snooker and billards for sport

8:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Vikings A and Bletchingdon Club received their Oxford Summer League trophies at the annual presentation night.

BOWLS: Headington B in trophy triumph

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Headington B went undefeated to chalk up a record-breaking success in the Summertown Trophy at Banbury Chestnuts.

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