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Championship table toppers London Welsh will be out to continue their winning start to the British & Irish Cup when they entertain Bedford Blues at Sunbury on Wednesday (October 12, 7:30pm).

The Exiles lead the way in Pool 4 following their opening round bonus-point win at London Scottish, while the Blues made a similarly impressive start to Pool 3 by running in nine tries in a 62-30 victory over Esher.

London Welsh head coach Lyn Jones makes 14 changes from the starting line up that beat Moseley 41-16 on Saturday to send the Exiles back to the top of the Championship table.

Fly half Alex Davies is the only player to retain his place, while there’s a first start at full back in Welsh colours for Gerard Mullen, who joined the Exiles in the summer from Esher.

There’s also a welcome return to Shawn Pittman, fresh from his Rugby World Cup exploits with the USA. Ben Russell, who scored two of Welsh’s tries in their round 1 win at Scottish, takes over the captain’s armband.

With the game taking place at Sunbury, there’s a suitable London Irish feel to proceedings with on loan scrum half Jack Moates and second row Gary Johnson both starting, while replacement scrum half Ben Stevenson also returns to the ground he once called home.

The Dragons and the Blues have already crossed paths once already this season, when Bedford came out on top 22-18 in their Championship meeting at Goldington Road last month.

London Welsh: 15. Gerard Mullen, 14. Ashley Smith, 13. Paul Mackey, Simon Whatling, 11. Liam Gibson, 10. Alex Davies, 9. Jack Moates, 1. Shawn Pittman, 2. Saul Nelson, 3. Billy Moss, 4. Gary Johnson, 5. Lee Purdy, 6. Lee Beach, 7. Mike Denbee, 8. Ben Russell ©.

Replacements: 16. Vili Ma’asi*, 17. Guillermo Roan, 18. Mike Powell, 19. Epi Taione*, 20. Ben Stevenson, 21. Seb Jewell, 22. James Lewis.

* Denotes full international

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