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14 Dec 2008: Wasps v Edinburgh


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Edinburgh's Badge Wasps 19
Wasps's Badge Wasps 11
Fixture Type: Heineken Cup Venue: Adams Park
Match Date: Sun 14 Dec 2008, Kick Off: 13:00
Referee: George Clancy Assistant Referee: David Keane
TV Match Official: Brian Fitzgerald Assistant Referee: Peter Roche

All eyes on victory at Adams Park

Wasps have made just two changes to their starting line up for their return leg clash with Edinburgh at Adams Park on Sunday.

Wasps will be looking for a big performanace against Edinburgh on Sunday to keep their qualification hopes alive

Wasps will be looking for a big performanace against Edinburgh on Sunday to keep their qualification hopes alive

Following a 25-16 win over Andy Robinson’s side, Ian McGeechan has recalled Dave Walder to fly half, switching with Danny Cipriani who takes a seat on the bench after suffering from a sickness bug this week.

Starting at ten, Dave Walder, will be looking to emulate the two Man of the Match Award winning performances that were seen in Wasps 76th minute, one point defeat against Sale Sharks, and their victorious 23-17 run out against Newcastle Falcons in the Guinness Premiership last month.

Also rejoining the 1XV is second row Simon Shaw, replacing George Skivington named amongst the replacements.

The bench also sees the return of Tom Voyce and Joe Worsley this weekend, Worsley returning from an ankle injury which forced him from the pitch at Kingston Park.

Phil Vickery will again captain the side, with Raphael Ibanez ruled out of play for the next six weeks following a series of concussions.

Looking ahead to the game Head Coach Shaun Edwards said, “Last week we saw a very tight game that could have gone either way. We are delighted with the win but we know we are in a sudden death situation and any losses in the next few games will prevent qualification.

"We are expecting a huge game from Edinburgh, they are a strong side and they have a huge international presence, with many of the players having just featured in the Autumn series.

"For us it is good to be back at home for such an important game, with our fantastic support we will be looking to the stands to boost the team and hopefully secure the win that will keep our Heineken Cup campaign alive.”

On Danny Cipriani, Edwards added, "Danny has been unwell all week and therefore he has been moved to the bench. We are hoping that he will be fit to feature as a replacement but will continue to watch him over the next few days."

London Wasps team to face Edinburgh Rugby in the Heineken Cup at Adams Park on Sunday 14th December, KO 1pm, is:

15. Mark Van Gisbergen

Dave Walder will start at number 10 on Sunday

Dave Walder will start at number 10 on Sunday

14. Paul Sackey
13. Dominic Waldouck
12. Riki Flutey
11. Josh Lewsey
10. Dave Walder
9. Eoin Reddan
1. Tim Payne
2. Rob Webber
3. Phil Vickery (C)
4. Simon Shaw
5. Richard Birkett
6. Serge Betsen
7. Tom Rees
8. James Haskell

16. Damien Varley
17. Tom French
18. George Skivington
19. Joe Worsley
20. Joe Simpson
21. Danny Cipriani
22. Tom Voyce

Edinburgh: H Southwell; M Robertson, B Cairns, N De Luca, S Webster; P Godman, M Blair [capt]; A Jacobsen, A Kelly, G Cross, C Hamilton, J Hamilton, S Newlands, A MacDonald, A Hogg

Replacements: S Lawrie, G Kerr, M Mustchin, S Cross, G Laidlaw, D Blair, J Houston

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