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London Welsh face the Cornish Pirates on Saturday at Old Deer Park (3pm) for the first time since last seasons Championship semi-final meeting at Mennaye Field.

The Exiles will no doubt have a spot of revenge in mind, but will be even more eager to end a run of three consecutive losses, following Championship defeats to Bristol and Rotherham, and to Bedford in the British & Irish Cup.

Welsh will be particularly keen to wipe out the memory of their last outing at Old Deer Park when they went down 33-25 to the Titans. Head coach Lyn Jones got the response he was looking for at Bristol in front of the live Sky Sports cameras - although not the result thanks to Jack Toveys late try.

Jones makes four changes to the Welsh starting line for Saturdays visit of the Pirates. One of those comes on the wing with James Lewis, who returns from injury to make his first appearance since the Exiles home win over Plymouth Albion, coming in for Liam Gibson.

Theres a double change in the front row with Shawn Pittman and Billy Moss coming in for Guillermo Roan and Greg Bateman, while Lee Beach replaces Jon Mills at blindside flanker. Gordon Ross takes over the captains armband.

Welsh will be looking to make it three wins in a row over the Pirates on home soil. The Exiles came out on top 23-16 last season at Old Deer Park, thanks to Dom Shabbos try and six penalties from Aled Thomas, while in 2009/10 Welsh won 3410 with Rob Lewis crossing twice and the home sides other tries coming from Simon Whatling, Shabbo, Errie Claassens and Dorian Williams.

The Pirates have to go back to 2008/09 for the last time they tasted victory at Old Deer Park, when they won 38-23.

London Welsh: 15. Edd Thrower, 14. Will Hurrell, 13. Hudson Tongauiha*, 12. Simon Whatling, 11. James Lewis, 10. Gordon Ross* , 9. Rob Lewis, 1. Shawn Pittman*, 2. Dan George, 3. Billy Moss, 4. Adam Brown, 5. Martin Purdy, 6. Lee Beach, 7. Mike Denbee, 8. Ed Jackson.

Replacements: 16. Saul Nelson/Vili Maasi*, 17. Greg Bateman, 18. Matt Corker, 19. Ben Russell, 20. Jack Moates, 21. Alex Davies, 22. Ashley Smith.

* Denotes full international

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