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Llew back for Exiles clash

Llewelyn Jones will return to the Ealing Trailfinders match day squad for the first time in over a month and Miles Mantella is given his debut on the wing when London Irish visit Vallis Way on Saturday.

The Welsh second-row last started at home to Doncaster Knights on the first weekend of October and most recently featured off the bench away to London Scottish at the start of December. 

Jones will team up with Barney Maddison in the second row and it is the former London Welsh players’ third appearance since joining from the Exiles in December. 

His fellow Exiles old boy Kieran Murphy packs down behind them in the back row, alongside number 8 and captain Mark Bright, and Arthur Ellis. 

Lewis Thiede returns to the front row and he start alongside hooker Alun Walker and loose-head prop Will Davis who hang onto their starting places.

In the backline Mantella makes his first appearance since he arrived from Welsh just before Christmas, while Phil Chesters lines up on the opposite wing.

Aaron Penberthy returns to the team at fly-half following the suspension that meant he missed the last two weeks. Luke Carter will partner him in the half-backs and he is chasing a third try in three matches after he ran in scores against Dragons Premiership Select and Yorkshire Carnegie. 

Outside them Joe Munro and Aled Jenkins team up in the centres, while behind them Will Harries moves across to fullback having played on the wing for the last three matches. 

Ealing Trailfinders v London Irish, Saturday 28 January, 3pm, Vallis Way
1 Will Davis 
2 Alun Walker 
3 Lewis Thiede 
4 Llewelyn Jones 
5 Barney Maddison 
6 Kieran Murphy 
7 Arthur Ellis 
8 Mark Bright (captain)
9 Luke Carter 
10 Aaron Penberthy 
11 Phil Chesters 
12 Joe Munro 
13 Aled Jenkins 
14 Miles Mantella 
15 Will Harries 
16 Matt Cornish 
17 James Gibbons 
18 Sam Rodman 
19 Chris York
20 Rayn Smid 
21 Alex Walker 
22 Lewis Jones