London Welsh deny name-change rumours
November 8, 2013
London Welsh played in the 2012-13 Premiership season, but in Oxford and not at their traditional Richmond home © Getty Images
London Welsh have denied they are contemplating changing the club's name to integrate the team into its new base in Oxfordshire.
The Exiles played at the Kassam Stadium last season in their debut campaign in the Aviva Premiership and despite relegation to the Championship, they have opted to remain in Oxford rather than returning to their traditional home at Old Deer Park.
Reports earlier this week suggested London Welsh were contemplating changing their name to fit in with their new surroundings, but the club have firmly denied these suggestions saying in a statement they were "categorically stating that it has no plans to make any such change."
The statement added: "London Welsh has made a commitment to Oxfordshire by continuing to play its home games at the Kassam Stadium and moving its off the field administration to Oxford, but efforts to integrate the club into Oxfordshire do not extend to a change of name."
And the club have also hit out at the media reports which suggested a name change was on the agenda. They added: "The club is extremely disappointed by the inaccurate reporting in some sections of the media stemming from a recent interview given by London Welsh chairman Bleddyn Phillips, despite the subject of a name change being unequivocally ruled out in said interview."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
In the blink of an eye, a winger can go from a hero to villain. Hugh Godwin talks to Zac Guildford and David Strettle about life on the flank
Munster, No.8s, the imploding Australians, wonderful Glasgow and Lancaster's dilemma - it is Monday Maul time
As Ewen McKenzie exits stage left, the ARU remains under huge pressure, with CEO Bill Pulver feeling the brunt of Australian rugby's displeasure, Greg Growden writes
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the remarkable events in Brisbane and the first round of the European Rugby Champions Cup