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Team for LV=Cup opener named

The London Wasps team to play Worcester Warriors in the opening round of this weekend’s LV=Cup features a strong blend of youth and experience.

Chris Mayor will captain Wasps

Chris Mayor will captain Wasps

Rising stars such as Junior World Cup finalists Elliot Daly and Matt Everard get their first starts of the season while experienced Premiership campaigners such as Tom Lindsay, Ryan Davis and Chris Mayor are also named. Mayor captains the side for the first time.

With a number of players ruled out through injury, Director of Rugby Dai Young has utilised the club’s on-going partnership and development programme with top-level local clubs to name some leading Championship players in the squad with Mike Powell, Ben Russell and Joe Ajuwa (London Welsh) and Karl Rudzki (London Scottish) all wearing the Wasps colours this weekend.

Young said: “We’ve had a lot of guys ruled out this weekend with various bumps and bruises and we’re also using the opportunity to give a few players who have played non-stop for six weeks a bit of a breather. This game offers a real opportunity for the players who are chomping at the bit to get in the starting team week in week out. The challenge for them is to step-up and show us what they have got. I want to thank London Welsh and London Scottish for allowing us to use some of their top players this weekend. We’re continuing to develop strong partnerships with these clubs which is really important for us, especially with our squad size.”

Elsewhere, Jeremy Castex, Lindsay and Simon McIntyre make up a solid front row with all three having featured for the club in the Premiership this season to good effect. Powell joins former All Black Ross Filipo in the second row, while the back row features three of the club’s most exciting young prospects in the form of James Harris, Everard and Joe Burton.

Youngster Jonah Holmes gets the nod at 9, having featured on the bench for most of this season’s Premiership games and outside him, Mayor and Daly form an exciting midfield partnership while Charlie Ingall and Alex Cheesman get their first starts out wide with Jack Wallace at number 15.

London Wasps team to play Worcester

1. Jeremy Castex
2. Tom Lindsay
3. Simon McIntyre
4. Ross Filipo
5. Mike Powell
6. James Harris
7. Matt Everard
8. Joe Burton
9. Jonah Holmes
10. Ryan Davis
11. Charlie Ingall
12. Chris Mayor
13. Elliot Daly
14. Alex Cheesman
15. Jack Wallace


16. Nathan Morris
17. Lewis Theide
18. Guillermo Roan
19. Karl Rudzki
20. Ben Russell
21. Charlie Davies
22. Will Robinson
23. Joe Ajuwa