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Scottish make changes for Trailfinders derby

Scottish make changes for Trailfinders derby

After a disappointing loss to Richmond last weekend, the Scots have their second derby day in as many weeks as they welcome Ealing Trailfinders to the RAG.

After a disappointing loss to Richmond last weekend, the Scots have their second derby day in as many weeks as they welcome Ealing Trailfinders to the RAG.

Head Coach Nic Rouse has made multiple changes to the starting lineup after the Richmond loss with a whole new front row and new centre combination.

Miles Mantella has failed a late fitness test and will not face his old side. Craig Duncan shifts out onto the wing after playing in the centres last weekend. Ben Mosses returns from injury on the replacements bench.

The new look front row has Jonny Harris and Phil Cringle as the props with Army Vice-Captain Pete Austin making his first appearance for the season as he replaces Jared Saunders who will be injured for a few weeks with a Grade I shoulder injury.

The second row remains unchanged as Byron Hodge partners Tjiuee Uanivi. James Tyas swaps with Luke Frost in the back row and will look to bring his physical ball carrying to the game. Lewis Wynne starts at flanker with Mark Bright at number eight against the side he spent the last two years with.

The backline has similar personnel but Backs coach Graham Steadman has given it a slight reshuffle. Grayson Hart will partner Jacob Perry, who starts at 10 after a strong appearance from the bench last weekend.

Rory Jennings pushes out to inside centre and will link up with Richie Vernon who will look to defuse Ealing’s attacking threats.

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Craig Duncan moves out onto the wing in place of the injured Mantella as Ingall and Smith retain their places after last’s performances.

Jimmy Litchfield in named among the replacements and will be looking to make his second debut for the club after playing 15 games two seasons ago. Ben Mosses is also named on the bench which will please the Exile faithful as he makes his return from injury.

London Scottish: 1. Jonny Harris 2. Pete Austin 3. Phil Cringle 4. Byron Hodge 5. Tjiuee Uanivi 6. James Tyas 7. Lewis Wynne 8. Mark Bright ©; 9. Grayson Hart 10. Jacob Perry 11. Craig Duncan 12. Rory Jennings 13. Richie Vernon 14. Charlie Ingall 15. Joe Luca Smith

Replacements: 16. Billy Harding 17. Jordan Brodley 18. Jimmy Litchfield 19. Luke Frost 20. Ed Hoadley 21. Ben Mosses 22. Rob Stevenson

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