GORDON Ross makes his first London Welsh appearance in 12 weeks when they host Nottingham at Old Deer Park today (3).

The player-coach starts at fly half, having last featured for the Exiles on February 1.

His return comes after fellow No 10 Will Robinson was ruled out for the season with a broken jaw.

Ross replaces Alex Davies, with scrum half Chris Cook coming in for Tyson Keats.

Alan Awcock and James Tincknell get the nod at full back and outside centre. Nick Scott starts at left wing.

Props Nathan Trevett, and Cai Griffiths come in at loosehead and tighthead.

Carl Kirwan moves from openside to blindside flanker, with John Quill taking over the No 7 jersey.

Campese Ma’afu and Joe Burton come in at loosehead and openside for Nottingham.


London Welsh: Awcock, Stegmann, Tincknell, Tonga’uiha, Scott, Ross, Cook, Trevett, Vella, Griffiths, Corker, Spencer, Kirwan (capt), Quill, D Browne. Reps: Hepburn, Bristow, Edwards, West, Pienaar, Davies, Parker.

Nottingham: Purdy, Hough, Munro, Pohe, Catchpole, Jarvis, Lee-Everton, Ma’afu, Vickers, Holford, Freeman, Montagu (capt), Cooper, Burton, Shaw. Reps: Bower, Walker, Williams, Eames, Romans, Molloy, Knight.

HENRY Purdy, from Milton-under-Wychwood, and Oxford’s Gus Jones were yesterday named in the England Under 20 squad for the IRB Junior World Championship.

Leicester loanee Purdy starts at full back for Nottingham today. Oxford University student Jones is part of Wasps’ academy.