- All to play for in the second play-off weekend
- Both matches live on Sky Sports HD
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A huge weekend awaits for the four Greene King IPA Championship play-off contenders as each look to book their spot in the 2013/14 final.
Last weekend's opening play-off encounters saw two enthralling matches of rugby live on Sky Sports HD, with promotion favourites Bristol Rugby fending off a spirited Rotherham Titans side to take a three-point lead into the second leg in Sheffield. Sunday's fixture from Headingly saw two former Premiership sides go head-to-head, with Leeds Carnegie finishing seven points up on London Welsh after a high tempo affair.
Rotherham Titans v Bristol Rugby, Saturday May 17, kick-off 6.05pm.
Rotherham Titans have made just one change to the 15 that ran out at the Memorial Stadium, loosehead prop Toby Williams coming in for Robin Hislop.
Looking ahead to the game, Lee Blackett explained: "We know it's going to take a massive effort from the boys to get the result, but there are loads of positives we can take from last week and there's real belief within the group. The boys had a measure of confidence going to Bristol, but on the back of that performance I think that has now turned to belief.
Sean Scanlon; Jamie Broadley, Joel Gill, Jack Roberts, Michael Keatingl Juan Pablo Socino, Charlie Mulchrone (captain); Toby Williams, Tom Cruse, Colin Quigley, Tom Holmes, Josh Thomas-Brown, Alex Rieder, Jack Preece, Alfie To'oala.
Replacements: Ali Birch, Robin Hislop, Mark Tampin, Dan Sanderson, Jordan Davies, Dan White, Dallan Murphy
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Former Wales and British & Irish Lions captain Ryan Jones is named for Bristol Rugby as they look to cement a place in the Championship Final, having finished top of the regular league table.
Jones will make his first appearance for Bristol in the crunch match at Abberydale Park, having signed for the West Country side from Ospreys in January.
Following a late fitness test on Friday, prop Gaston Cortes is replaced by James Hall, bringing Jason Hobson onto the bench.
In the backs, Jack Wallace returns to the fold after an injury kept him out of the home leg a week ago. Ben Mosses reflects the only other change in the backs replacing centre Luke Eves.
Jack Wallace; George Watkins, Jack Tovey, Ben Mosses, Andy Short; Nicky Robinson, Ruki Tipuna (captain); Kyle Traynor, Rhys Lawrence, James Hall, Ben Glynn, Glen Townson, Marco Mama, Ross Rennie, Ryan Jones.
Replacements: Ross Johnston, Jason Hobson, Nick Koster, Mitch Eadie, Luke Baldwin, Adrian Jarvis, Adam Hughes.
London Welsh v Leeds Carnegie, Sunday May 18, kick-off 12.45pm
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London Welsh make six changes for Sunday’s Greene King IPA Championship semi-final clash, with the Exiles needing to overturn a seven-point deficity following last Sunday’s 38-31 semi-final 1st leg defeat at Headingley Carnegie.
In the backs, Alan Awcock replaces Alex Davies at full back and Seb Jewell, making his first appearance since Welsh’s victory at London Scottish on March 30, comes in for James Tincknell at inside centre. There’s also a change at scrum half with Tyson Keats starting in place of Chris Cook.
In the forwards, Nathan Morris and Peter Edwards come in for Nathan Vella and James Tideswell respectively. In the back row, Peter Browne replaces Daniel Browne at blindside flanker.
Alan Awcock; Seb Stegmann, Tom May (captain), Seb Jewell, Nick Scott; Gordon Ross, Tyson Keats; Nathan Trevett, Nathan Morris, Peter Edwards, Will Spencer, Matt Corker, Peter Browne, Carl Kirwan, Ollie Stedman.
Replacements: Nathan Vella, Tom Bristow, James Tideswell, Ben West, John Quill, Chris Cook, Rhys Crane.
Leeds Carnegie Head Coach James Lowes has been forced to make one change to his side for Sunday's crucial second leg at London Welsh in the Greene King IPA Championship semi final.
Scrum half Craig Hampson has been ruled out with a foot injury suffered in the first half against Welsh last Sunday. He will be replaced by James Doherty whilst Christian Georgiou has been drafted onto the bench. Otherwise the team is unchanged from the side that gained a 38-31 lead in the first leg last Sunday.
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Leeds are taking part in the end of season play offs for the third consecutive year but will be hoping to make the Final for the first time at the third time of asking.
Carnegie are without Jon Clarke (shoulder), Oli Goss (calf), Craig Hampson (foot) and Ben Harris (ankle) through injury.
Stevie McColl; Jonah Holmes, Rob Vickerman, Fred Burdon, David Doherty; Glyn Hughes, James Doherty; Charlie Beech, Phil Nilsen, Damien Tussac Richard Beck, Mike Myerscough, David Sisi, Jacob Rowan (c), Ryan Burrows
Replacements: 16. Joe Graham, 17. Lee Imiolek, 18. Ben Hooper, 19. Chris Walker, 20. Calum Green, 21. Christian Georgiou, 22. Alex Lozowski