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London Welsh welcome Nottingham to Old Deer Park on Saturday (3pm) with head coach Lyn Jones making 14 changes from the side that beat London Scottish in mid-week.

The Exiles opened their British & Irish Cup campaign with a bonus-point win over their local rivals at the Athletic Ground, but hooker Saul Nelson is the only player to maintain his starting place for Saturday’s visit of the Green & Whites.

Scrum half Ben Stevenson, a replacement against Scottish, makes his first start of the season on Saturday, but otherwise it’s the same backline that came away with a losing bonus-point at Bedford Blues last weekend.

Ben Russell’s two-try haul against Scottish earns him a place on the bench, where he’s joined by Martin Purdy and Seb Jewell, both of whom also made their first appearance of the season for Welsh in mid-week.

Former Wasps and Esher back Jewell took over the kicking duties late on in the 44-9 win at Scottish, landing three conversions, the last a fine effort from the right hand touchline.

Despite the personnel changes, though, Welsh will be looking to carry their mid-week try scoring form into Saturday’s clash with Nottingham and maintain their 100 per cent record at home so far this season, following their bonus-point win over Plymouth Albion two weeks ago.

The last time the Green & Whites visited Old Deer Park the Live Sky Sports cameras were in attendance to watch the Exiles run in six tries in a 48-26 win in round one of the play-offs.

However, that came just three weeks after Nottingham had won 22-13 at Old Deer Park on the final weekend of the regular season.

Saturday’s clash has the makings of another intriguing encounter with both sides boasting almost identical records after the first three rounds of Championship action. One point is all that separates the two sides in the table, with Welsh in fourth and Nottingham one place below them.

And like Welsh, Nottingham’s only defeat of the season thus far has come at the hands of Bedford – a 28-26 loss at Meadow Lane in round 1. Former Welsh prop Michael Holford popped up with two tries for the Green & Whites that day, having joined Nottingham in the summer from the Exiles, where he made 46 appearances and scored two tries.

London Welsh team v Nottingham: 15. Edd Thrower, 14. Will Hurrell, 13. Hudson Tonga’uiha, 12. Simon Whatling, 11. Liam Gibson, 10. Gordon Ross, 9. Ben Stevenson, 1. Billy Moss, 2. Saul Nelson, 3. James Tideswell, 4. Adam Brown, 5. Matt Corker, 6. Jon Mills ©, 7. Mike Denbee, 8 Ed Jackson.

Replacements: 16. Dan George, 17. Greg Bateman, 18. Martin Purdy, 19. Ben Russell, 20. Rob Lewis, 21. Alex Davies, 22. Seb Jewell.

* Denotes full international

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