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London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones makes five changes for Saturdays visit to Bedford Blues from the starting line up which maintained the Exiles winning start to the Championship season against Plymouth.

Last years Players Player of the Year Hudson Tongauiha comes in for his first start of the new season, having made an appearance off the bench in last Saturdays 34-23 win over Albion at Old Deer Park.

Theres a double change in the front row with Vili Maasi and James Tideswell starting in place of Dan George and Greg Bateman, who both drop to the bench.

Gary Johnson partners Matt Corker in the second row in place of Mike Powell, while theres also a change in the back row with Mike Denbee coming in for Michael Hills.

Revolving the squad is important, said Jones. The boys whove played so far have played well; its just unfortunate that theyre not involved.

Hudson is a quality player and Bedford are a quality outfit. Hes disappointed from not making Tongas World Cup squad and hes got a lot of catching up to do to get him match fit.

Its an early season top of the table clash at Goldington Road with both sides having won their opening two Championship fixtures, and Jones is expecting a tough test for the Exiles.

Ive watched Bedford play and they are a very good side, and I dont just say that I mean it, he said.

Theyre well coached, well organised, well motivated, theyre fit and theyre fast, and weve got our work cut out to get what we want from our visit to Goldington Road.

But thats what the boys are in it for, they want to be pushed and to play to the maximum, and Im sure Bedford are going to do that.

For Jones, cool heads will need to prevail if Welsh are to register their first win at Goldington Road since January 2009. Their three visits since have yielded three defeats, although two losing bonus points in the sides two Championship meetings, while the other was a comprehensive win for the Blues in the British & Irish Cup.

Rugby isnt played in the bicep, its played upstairs. Its about who can keep their clam and their cool in pressure situations, and there are going to be several, added Jones.

The test is there for the players to show that they are quality players who can go up a league.

London Welsh team v Bedford Blues: 15. Edd Thrower, 14. Will Hurrell, 13. Hudson Tongauiha*, 12. Simon Whatling, 11. Liam Gibson, 10. Gordon Ross*, 9. Rob Lewis, 1. Billy Moss, 2. Vili Maasi *, 3. James Tideswell, 4. Gary Johnson, 5. Matt Corker, 6. Jon Mills , 7. Mike Denbee, 8 Ed Jackson.

Replacements: 16. Dan George, 17. Greg Bateman, 18. Adam Brown, 19. Lee Beach, 20. Ben Stevenson, 21. Alex Davies. 22. Paul Mackey.

* Denotes full international

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