Mills still hoping for promotion
London Welsh captain Jon Mills has underlined the Exiles' desire to become a Premiership club.
Mills and company will take a 16-point lead into next Wednesday's Championship final second leg against Cornish Pirates following an impressive 37-21 success in Penzance on Wednesday night.
But the far bigger prize of a Premiership place will elude them, subject to any successful appeal or even possible court action.
Rugby Football Union directors on Wednesday ratified findings of a report carried out by independent auditors that identified various London Welsh failures of Premiership minimum standards criteria.
These included not having primacy of tenure at their nominated Premiership ground - Oxford United's 12,500-capacity Kassam Stadium - where the second leg against Pirates will take place.
Welsh, whose chairman Bleddyn Phillips is a partner with the law firm Clifford Chance, have 14 days in which to lodge an appeal, and that process could soon get under way.
As things stand, though, Premiership bottom club Newcastle will remain among the elite next term with no promotion taking place from the second tier.
"We all aspire to get to the Premiership - we want to get London Welsh to the Premiership," Mills said.
"That is why we are here, that is why we are professionals. We want to play at the top table.
"London Welsh is a great club and should be there (in the Premiership). We are a good team."
Reflecting on the emphatic first leg triumph, Mills added: "The boys did their jobs really well. It was a really good team effort - this side will work all day for each other.
"The Pirates will come firing back at us, but we've got to look after our game. We are comfortable with our game.
"We are going to keep playing. We can't go into our shells, and the Pirates will have nothing to lose. They are going to throw the ball about and we've got to be ready for that.
"We've got to concentrate on our game and on our defence for 80 minutes, and make sure we take the attack to the Pirates. If we can score a few points quickly, it might kill the game off."