RUGBY UNION: Thorpe and Lees bolster Welsh pack

7:00am Wednesday 4th June 2014

By Ed Mezzetti

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MITCH Lees and Richard Thorpe come into London Welsh’s back row for tonight’s crunch clash at Bristol (7.45).

Lees returns at blindside flanker after seven weeks out injured, while No 8 Thorpe starts for the first time since being sent-off in the league game at Bristol on April 18.

They replace Pete and Dan Browne respectively, while Alan Awcock comes in at full back.

Rhys Crane drops to the bench, with Seb Stegmann reverting to right wing.

Former Wales captain and No 8 Ryan Jones misses out for Bristol with an ankle injury.

Mitch Eadie replaces him, while Ruki Tipuna, who comes in at scrum half, takes over as skipper.

Wing Charlie Amesbury and tight-head prop Gaston Cortes complete the changes.

TONIGHT'S TEAMS

Bristol: Wallace, Amesbury, Tovey, Mosses, Short, Robinson, Tipuna (capt), Traynor, Johnston, Cortes, Glynn, Townson, Koster, Mama, Eadie. Reps: Lawrence, Hall, Hobson, Skirving, Grindal, Jarvis, Hughes.

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

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