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Ross ready for emotional finale

London Welsh will bow out of the Aviva Premiership on Saturday, with fly-half Gordon Ross acknowledging: "It will be an emotional day."

Bottom club Welsh wind up their debut season in English rugby's top flight when Worcester visit the Kassam Stadium. Currently 13 points adrift of 11th-placed Sale, the Exiles now only have pride to play for.

"We want to win our last game, individually, for the team and for the club," Ross said. "We want our last game in the Premiership to be a victory to put some pride back into the jersey and the club."

He added: "It will be an emotional day, but hopefully we can channel those emotions the right way - on the pitch.

"We feel that we have added to the Premiership this season, and it would be great if we could get a result and end on a happy note.

"What will be nice is when the game is over we can sit in the changing room, look each other in the eye, our heads held high, and know that we've done ourselves justice."

Welsh's fate was sealed when they lost at home to Northampton three weeks ago, and Ross added: "Personally, I am still gutted. It has taken a lot of energy and enthusiasm out of me at times, and you do get a bit down thinking about it. But once the season is over we can perhaps sit back and reflect on how great an experience the season was."

Elsewhere, the final round of regular season Premiership action before the play-offs sees leaders Saracens hosting Bath, Leicester facing London Irish, Harlequins meeting Northampton, Exeter tackling Gloucester and Wasps going to Sale.

Two points for Leicester would guarantee them a home play-off tie alongside Saracens, with Quins and Northampton - they are currently separated by a point - vying for third spot. Those four clubs have already guaranteed themselves play-off places - it is now just a question of who plays who next weekend.

Exeter, meanwhile, can make sure of Heineken Cup qualification for a second successive season if they see off Sandy Park visitors Gloucester, who have already booked a European berth next term.


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