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24 Oct 2010: Wasps v Northampton Saints


Latest Team News: Shaw out of Saints clash

London Wasps have been forced to withdraw Simon Shaw from Sunday's Aviva Premiership clash with Northampton Saints at Adams Park. Shaw sustained a calf injury in training late yesterday afternoon and will not recover in time for the Round 6 fixture. James Cannon comes into the staring line up for Shaw and partners Dan Ward-Smith in the second row. Marty Veale takes Cannon's place on the bench.

London Wasps team to face Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership at Adams Park on Sunday 24th October, KO 3PM:
15 Mark Van Gisbergen, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Dominic Waldouck, 12 Riki Flutey, 11 David Lemi, 10 Dave Walder, 9 Joe Simpson, 1 Tim Payne, 2 Rob Webber, 3 Zak Taulafo, 4 James Cannon, 5 Dan Ward-Smith, 6 Joe Worsley, 7 Tom Rees (C), 8 Andy Powell

Replacements: 16 Joe Ward, 17 Charlie Beech, 18 Ben Broster, 19 Marty Veale, 20 Serge Betsen, 21 Nic Berry, 22 Steve Kefu, 23 Ben Jacobs

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Saints's Badge Wasps 10
Wasps's Badge Wasps 37
Fixture Type: Aviva Premiership Venue: Adams Park
Match Date: Sun 24 Oct 2010, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Greg Garner Assistant Referee: Rhys Davies
Assistant Referee: Roger Baileff

Captain Rees back to lead Wasps against Saints

Returning to Aviva Premiership action at Adams Park on Sunday, Tony Hanks has made five changes to the starting line up that secured a bonus point win over Glasgow Warriors in the Heineken Cup last weekend.

Captain Tom Rees is back to lead the side against Saints

Captain Tom Rees is back to lead the side against Saints

Mark Van Gisbergen, Dominic Waldouck, Tim Payne, Joe Worsley and Captain Tom Rees all return to the 1XV. Van Gisbergen comes in at full back for Richard Haughton, ruled out with a chest injury, whilst Waldouck trades places on the bench with Ben Jacobs in an otherwise unchanged backline.

Payne returns to the front row, forcing Charlie Beech to the bench after his first start of the season last weekend. Dan Ward-Smith moves from the back row to partner Simon Shaw in the second row. He replaces Richard Birkett who sustained a broken nose in last week’s European clash. Worsley, named on the bench last Sunday, comes in for Ward-Smith and partners skipper Rees, back in the fray after recovery from an ankle strain.

With Rees’ return, Serge Betsen joins the replacements which this week also include former Saint James Cannon and centre Steve Kefu.

Looking ahead to the game, Hanks said, “We are looking forward to a second consecutive week of rugby on home turf, having spent much of the season on the road. The Adams Park crowd really got behind the team last weekend and we will be hoping for much of the same this Sunday as we return to the Aviva Premiership. Wasps Northampton clashes are always highly competitive and hard fought and the encounters were extremely close last season. This game is massive for us in terms of driving our place in the league and our focus is securing the result we need.”

London Wasps team to face Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership at Adams Park on Sunday 24th October, KO 3PM:

15 Mark Van Gisbergen
14 Tom Varndell
13 Dominic Waldouck
12 Riki Flutey
11 David Lemi
10 Dave Walder
9 Joe Simpson
1 Tim Payne
2 Rob Webber
3 Zak Taulafo
4 Simon Shaw
5 Dan Ward-Smith
6 Joe Worsley
7 Tom Rees (C)
8 Andy Powell

16 Joe Ward
17 Charlie Beech
18 Ben Broster
19 James Cannon
20 Serge Betsen
21 Nic Berry
22 Steve Kefu
23 Ben Jacobs

Northampton Saints Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that the Northampton Saints team will have to be on top form for their Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 6 trip to London Wasps on Sunday afternoon. "We had a good attitude going into the Edinburgh match and we need the same again on Sunday. We showed then that we can adapt during a game and impose ourselves to get a positive result. We had not reached the standards we expect of ourselves in the few games before the trip to Murrayfield. But we played well in Scotland, and now we have to keep playing well.

"Wasps are a tough proposition at Adams Park. They have a lot of experience and plenty of talent, and they have had some good results in Wycombe this season. They also came very close to beating Toulouse in France, so we know they are in good form too. The Premiership is proving to be a tight and competitive league this season and we know that we have to keep picking up points. So we will have to play with control and impose our game plan if we are to come home with a positive result."

There is just one change to the starting line-up which beat Edinburgh. Ben Foden returns after sitting out the trip north for EPS requirements and comes in for Greig Tonks. Meanwhile Tom Mercey comes onto the bench for Euan Murray.

15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Jon Clarke, 12 James Downey, 11 Paul Diggin, 10 Stephen Myler, 9 Lee Dickson, 1 Soane Tonga'uiha, 2 Dylan Hartley (capt), 3 Brian Mujati 4 Courtney Lawes, 5 Christian Day, 6 Phil Dowson, 7 Tom Wood, 8 Roger Wilson

Replacements: 16 Brett Sharman, 17 Regardt Dreyer, 18 Tom Mercey, 19 Mark Sorenson, 20 Calum Clark, 21 Ryan Powell, 22 Shane Geraghty, 23 Joe Ansbro

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