Welsh make one change to face Chiefs
Nick Scott, who scored seven tries in 12 Championship appearances for the Exiles last season after joining the club on loan from Bath, comes in for Joe Ajuwa on the wing, with Scott’s place on the bench taken by the versatile James Lewis.
The only other change sees Jonah Holmes, a try scorer against Harlequins in the sides’ Aviva A League meeting, return to the London Welsh match-day 23 in place of Nick Runciman.
Sunday could also throw up a bit of sibling rivalry with London Welsh full back Tom Arscott set to head-to- head with Exeter full back and brother Luke.
Sunday will be the sides’ first meeting since Exeter’s 2009/10 promotion season – the inaugural season of the Championship. A 13-9 defeat at Sandy Park during the regular season was reversed by the Exiles at Old Deer Park, 12-10, thanks to Guy Mercer’s last gasp try and Gordon Ross’ conversion.
The sides met again in that season’s play-offs with the Exiles going down 32-6 at Sandy Park, before extracting revenge, 16-15, in the return game, which was played at Esher’s Molesey Road ground.
London Welsh: 15. Tom Arscott, 14. Phil Mackenzie*, 13. Sonny Parker*, 12. Hudson Tonga’uiha*, 11. Nick Scott, 10. Gordon Ross*, 9. Tyson Keats, 1. Frank Montanella*, 2. Neil Briggs, 3. Paulica Ion*, 4 Jonathan Mills ©, 5. Matt Corker, 6. Daniel Browne, 7. Mike Denbee, 8. Ed Jackson.
Replacements: 16. Dan George, 17. Tom Bristow, 18. Arthur Joly, 19. Kirill Kulemin*, 20. Alfie To’oala*, 21. Jonah Holmes, 22. James Lewis, 23. Seb Jewell.
* Denotes full international