TEAM NEWS: London Scottish Name Side For Season Finale At Rotherham

19th April 2013

London Scottish have made six changes to their starting XV for their season finale against Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane this weekend.

Both sides are battling it out to secure a top six finish and with the Titans just two points ahead of Scottish in the table, there is certainly still plenty to play for.

Saturday will see a first RFU Championship start for flanker Tommy Spinks, who starts at openside alongside Ben Russell at blindside and skipper Mark Bright at No. 8. Spinks, a Scotland Under 20s international, is promoted to the starting line-up after an impressive cameo off the bench in last week's game against Bristol.

Elsewhere, dual-registered Harlequins duo Nic Mayhew and Harry Allen come into the front row alongside Eric Fry, with Sam Twomey partnering Tyler Hotson in the second row.

PJ Gidlow is recalled at inside centre in place of Andy Reay, who was taken off injured during the match against Bristol. Jamie Stevenson and Phil Godman reprise their half back combination and there is a familiar looking back three of Miles Mantella, James Love and Jim Thompson.

Onto the replacements bench comes Gerard Ellis, a loan signing from London Irish who will provide cover at hooker. Joe Trayfoot also returns for Scottish having recently earned his first Aviva Premiership start for parent club Harlequins.

There is also a slot for winger David Howells, as Scottish opt for a five forwards and two backs split on the bench.

A win for Scottish will take them above Rotherham in the table, whilst a bonus point win and a defeat for Cornish Pirates at home to Jersey will take them into 6th place. Should they suffer defeat, Scottish can finish no lower than their current 8th place.

London Scottish side to take on Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane on Saturday 20th April (KO 3pm):

15 Jim Thompson
14 James Love
13 Oli Grove
12 PJ Gidlow
11 Miles Mantella
10 Phil Godman
9 Jamie Stevenson
1 Nic Mayhew
2 Harry Allen
3 Eric Fry
4 Tyler Hotson
5 Sam Twomey
6 Ben Russell
7 Tommy Spinks
8 Mark Bright (c)


16 Gerard Ellis
17 Colin Quigley
18 Paul Spivey
19 Joe Trayfoot
20 Lewis Calder
21 Richard Bolt
22 David Howells 

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