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31 Oct 2010: Wasps v Leeds Carnegie

Young guns given chance to shine as Wasps are forced to make late changes

London Wasps have been forced to withdraw full back Ben Jacobs ahead of their clash with Leeds at Headingley Carnegie this afternoon. Jacobs has sustained a minor knee strain which has forced the late change. In his place England U20s and Academy full back Jack Wallace will make his third senior appearance and first start of the season in black and gold. On the bench, 18 year old Elliot Daly comes in for Wallace. Daly, a Whitgift School pupil and Academy member with England U16, U18 and U20 honours to his name, gathers his first inclusion in a senior match 23 after impressing with Wasps A league campaign this season.

London Wasps team to face Leeds Carnegie at Headingley Carnegie on Sunday 31st October KO 3pm:

15 Jack Wallace, 14 Tom Varndell, 13 Dominic Waldouck, 12 Steve Kefu, 11 David Lemi, 10 Mark Van Gisbergen, 9 Joe Simpson, 1 Tim Payne, 2 Joe Ward,3 Ben Broster, 4 Marty Veale, 5 Dan Ward-Smith, 6 Joe Worsley, 7 Tom Rees (C), 8 Andy Powell

16 Rob Webber, 17 Zak Taulafo, 18 Jason Hobson, 19 James Cannon, 20 Serge Betsen, 21 Nic Berry, 22 Seb Jewell, 23 Elliot Daly

Match Preview
Carnegie's Badge Yorkshire Carnegie 8
Wasps's Badge Wasps 17
Fixture Type: Aviva Premiership Venue: Headingley Carnegie
Match Date: Sun 31 Oct 2010, Kick Off: 15:00
Referee: Dean Richards Assistant Referee: Don Helme
Assistant Referee: Alan Hughes

Wasps name side for Leeds clash

London Wasps have today named their side for the Round 7 Aviva Premiership Rugby clash with Leeds.

Worsley lines up for Wasps on Sunday

Worsley lines up for Wasps on Sunday

The following players have been ruled out of selection this weekend due to injury: Bob Baker (Glandular Fever), Charlie Beech (ankle), Richard Birkett (elbow/nose), Tom French (chest), Charlie Davies (concussion), Riki Flutey (calf/EPS), Richard Haughton (chest), Will Matthews (glute strain), Simon Shaw (calf/EPS), Phil Vickery (retired), Christian Wade (hand) and Dave Walder (knee).

With Walder out, after sustaining the knee injury last weekend, Mark Van Gisbergen moves to fly half - a position he has frequented since joining Wasps, starting 16 games in the number 10 shirt. Ben Jacobs moves to full back in place of Van Gisbergen and a centre partnership of Dominic Waldouck, released by England this week, and Steve Kefu, who collects his first start of the season, is formed.

In the front row Tim Payne, also back on club duty, is joined by hooker Joe Ward and Ben Broster. Ward and Broster trade places with Rob Webber and Zak Taulafo on the bench. After training with England this week, in place of the injured Simon Shaw, Dan Ward-Smith retains his place in the second row and is joined by Marty Veale who also makes his first start of the season. An unchanged back row of Joe WorsIey, Captain Tom Rees and Andy Powell is named, with Worsley available for club selection this weekend.

On the bench Jason Hobson receives his second inclusion in the match 23 after some strong performances in the A League. Fly half Seb Jewell and full back Jack Wallace are also named to gain their first inclusion in the senior side this season.

Looking ahead to the game Director of Rugby Tony Hanks said, “There has been a lot of soul searching this week after a disappointing display and result against Northampton Saints. There is no hiding from that disappointment and our focus has been to train hard and ensure we put out a strong performance against Leeds on Sunday. We know that is no easy task. They are the only side to do the double over us last season and we have a great deal of respect for their squad and coaching team.”

London Wasps team to face Leeds Carnegie at Headingley Carnegie on Sunday 31st October KO 3pm:

15 Ben Jacobs
14 Tom Varndell
13 Dominic Waldouck
12 Steve Kefu
11 David Lemi
10 Mark Van Gisbergen
9 Joe Simpson
1 Tim Payne
2 Joe Ward
3 Ben Broster
4 Marty Veale
5 Dan Ward-Smith
6 Joe Worsley
7 Tom Rees (C)
8 Andy Powell

16 Rob Webber
17 Zak Taulafo
18 Jason Hobson
19 James Cannon
20 Serge Betsen
21 Nic Berry
22 Seb Jewell
23 Jack Wallace

Leeds Carnegie coaching duo of Neil Back and Andy Key have made four changes to their team. Two of the changes are enforced with Steve Thompson and Hendre Fourie unavailable due to England call ups. Andy Titterrell comes in for Thompson whilst Rhys Oakley will start in place of Fourie. The other two changes come in the backline. Scott Barrow will make his 50th appearance for the club in the centre after replacing James Tincknell whilst Henry Fa'afili, who came on as a replacement against Sale last week, comes in for Lee Blackett. Alfie To'oala returns on the bench as does Leigh Hinton.

Leeds Carnegie
15. Ceiron Thomas, 14. Michael Stephenson, 13. Luther Burrell, 12. Scott Barrow, 11. Henry Fa'afili, 10. Lachlan MacKay, 9. Scott Mathie, 1. Gareth Hardy, 2. Andy Titterrell, 3. Juan Gomez, 4. Tom Denton, 5. Marco Wentzel (c), 6. Kearnan Myall, 7. Rhys Oakley, 8. Daniel Browne

16. Phil Nilsen, 17. Miguel Alonso, 18. Phil Swainston, 19. Danny Paul, 20. Alfie To'oala, 21. Warren Fury, 22. Lee Blackett, 23. Leigh Hinton

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