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TEAM NEWS: Litchfield to face former side at Butts Park Arena

TEAM NEWS: Litchfield to face former side at Butts Park Arena

Former Coventry prop Jimmy Litchfield makes his first start this season for London Scottish as he faces his old side.

Former Coventry prop Jimmy Litchfield makes his first start this season for London Scottish as he faces his old side.

As well as Litchfield there are another five changes to the starting XV that took on London Irish last Sunday in front of the Sky Sports cameras. Jared Saunders, Phil Cringle, Grayson Hart, Henari Veratau and Matt Davidson all come in to start.

Jared Saunders starts at hooker as Billy Harding misses out. Phil Cringle will partner Jimmy Litchfield in the front row as Jordan Brodley and Richard Palframan both slide down to the bench. Jonny Harris and Tom Smallbone are both sidelined with injuries.

The rest of the forward pack remains unchanged for the fifth straight game with Hodge and Uanivi in the second row and James Tyas, Lewis Wynne and Mark Bright making up the back row. Matt Eliet is still recovering from a foot problem which he picked up in pre-season but will return in the coming weeks.

Grayson Hart replaces Ed Hoadley at scrum half. London Irish and former England Under 20 scrum half Rory Brand will look to inject some pace from the replacements bench. Rory Jennings continues at fly half as Jacob Perry is named on the bench.

The Scots have named a new centre partnership as Henari Veratau starts at 12 after scoring on debut last week in the exile derby. Veratau will partner Joe Luca Smith, who shifts from full back to outside centre. Ben Mosses and Richie Vernon are both unavailable through injury but both only face short spells on the sidelines.

Rob Stevenson and Charlie Ingall continue on the wings and will be looking to add to their try tally of 4 each this season. At full back is Scotland Under 20 prospect Matt Davidson who has been part of the Professional Entry Programme this season.

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Pete Austin returns on the bench after missing out last week as Luke Frost and Craig Duncan are again named among the replacements.

London Scottish: 1. Jimmy Litchfield 2. Jared Saunders 3. Phil Cringle 4. Byron Hodge 5. Tjiuee Uanivi 6. James Tyas 7. Lewis Wynne 8. Mark Bright ©; 9. Grayson Hart 10. Rory Jennings 11. Rob Stevenson 12. Henari Veratau 13. Joe Luca Smith 14. Charlie Ingall 15. Matt Davidson

Replacements: 16. Pete Austin 17. Jordan Brodley 18. Richard Palframan 19. Luke Frost 20. Rory Brand 21. Jacob Perry 22. Craig Duncan

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