Preview: London Irish vs. London Welsh

London Irish's Guy Armitage in action against Worcester on January 27, 2013
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Sports Mole looks ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership meeting between London Irish and London Welsh at the Madejski Stadium.

London Irish can maintain their unbeaten home record for 2013 when they welcome London Welsh to the Madejski Stadium in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday.

A win for Brian Smith's side in front of their own supporters this weekend could lift them up to ninth place in the table.

The visitors will be looking to restore some pride after their relegation from the top flight was confirmed last weekend with a defeat to Northampton Saints.

Chris Hala'ufia and Marland Yarde both return to the Irish starting XV, while Declan Danaher is named among the replacements following an injury layoff.

Welsh have made five changes as Seb Stegmann, Sonny Parker, Nick Scott, Dan Caprice and Tyson Keats come into the team.

Recent form:




Irish: Homer, Yarde, Armitage, Shingler, Tagicakibau, Humphreys, Allinson, Hala'ufia, Treviranus, Garvey, Evans, Skivington, Aulika, Paice, Corbisiero
Replacements: Lawson, Yanuyanutawa, Halavatau, Low, Danaher, Ojo, Geraghty, Moates

Welsh: Arscott, Scott, Stegmann, Parker, Caprice, Ross, Keats, Browne, Hills, Cabello Farias, Kulemin, Corker, Ion, Bateman, Bristow
Replacements: George, Joly, Tideswell, Brown, Balding, Lewis, Davies, Ajuwa

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