Team News: Qualification still in sight as Scots head to Newport

19th January 2018

London Scottish head to Bedwas RFC this weekend to take on a Dragons Premiership Select side with qualification for the next round of the British and Irish Cup still within reach.

The Scots require a bonus point win in Wales this weekend but Director of Rugby Dave Morris has made it very clear to his squad that they need to focus on the game itself first and not to be fixated on qualification.

Morris has made nine changes to the side that beat Yorkshire Carnegie at The Athletic Ground last weekend with Mosses, Neal and Waldren all returning to the starting side.

Isaac Miller continues as captain and Ben Onyeama Christie remains at Loosehead prop from the Yorkshire win, they are both accompanied by USA Eagle Dino Waldren at Tighthead.

Dominic McGeekie moves up to the starting side from the bench and partners Tjiuee Uanivi, who will make his fourteenth start for Scottish this season.

Gregor Gillanders remains at blindside flanker with Club Captain Chris Walker coming in on the openside, former Cardiif Blues Academy player Matt Marley is at the base of the scrum and will know Bedwas RFC well from his time in the Welsh Premiership.

Josh Barton and Fraser Lyle are the half back pairing for the first time this season. Ben Mosses returns to the starting side for the first time of 2018. He has not been involved since illness ruled him out of the Nottingham game, he joins Ross Neal in the centres.

Nick Scott returns to the starting lineup after scoring on his injury return against Yorkshire Carnegie. Joe Luca Smith slides over to the right wing after starting on the left last week and Charlie Ingall moves from outside centre to full back.

Player-Coach Dan George is named on the replacements bench with Derrick Appiah and Phil Cringle named as front row replacements. James Tyas and Max Berry will provide cover for the back row. Ed Hoadley moves down to the replacements after starting last weekend and Basil Strang is named in the Scottish sqaud for the first time since he suffered a hamstring injury in November playing for the Highlanders.

London Scottish: 1. Ben Onyeama-Christie 2. Isaac Miller © 3. Dino Waldren 4. Tjiuee Uanivi 5. Dominic McGeekie 6. Gregor Gillanders 7. Chris Walker 8. Matt Marley; 9. Josh Barton 10. Fraser Lyle 11. Nick Scott 12. Ben Mosses 13. Ross Neal 14. Joe Luca Smith 15. Charlie Ingall

Replacements: 16. Dan George 17. Derrick Appiah 18. Phil Cringle 19. James Tyas 20. Max Berry 21. Ed Hoadley 22. Basil Strang

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