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Young shows faith in winning side

Director of Rugby Dai Young has made just one enforced change from the side that beat Worcester last weekend, for Sunday’s clash with Northampton at Adams Park.

Rob Webber is back for Wasps

Rob Webber is back for Wasps

Steve Thompson has failed to shake off a knock picked up in the game at Sixways, where he made his Club debut, so Rob Webber starts in the number two shirt with Tom Lindsay coming onto the bench.

Apart from that, Young has kept faith in the team that earned the last gasp Aviva Premiership win last time out, as his side go in search of their third win a row in this competition following victories over Bath and Worcester in the previous rounds.

The backline is composed of the familiar back three of Hugo Southwell, Tom Varndell and the Aviva Premiership’s top try scorer Christian Wade, with Chris Bell and Riki Flutey in the centres alongside Nick Robinson and Joe Simpson, whose break in the last minutes of the game last weekend helped secure Wasps a two-point win.

Webber joins Tim Payne and Ben Broster in the front-row, with Ross Filipo and Marco Wentzel in the second-row, and Jonathan Poff, Richard Birkett and captain John Hart make up the back-row.

Northampton’s first ever victory at Adams Park came last October in the same competition, and Young says that that this weekend presents the biggest challenge yet on home soil this season.

“I have a lot of respect for Northampton and they are going to be a huge challenge for us. They have one of the best scrums in Europe and we are going to be massively tested in that department. They have a very dangerous backline as well who will punish us if we kick poorly so we need to be very accurate.”

“We have gathered some momentum in the Premiership with a couple of good wins under our belts in the last two games but nothing is going to come easy on Sunday. In saying that, I was very pleased with the character of the team to come through and win in the last few minutes last weekend and anyone who was at Sixways could really see how much it meant to the team. It’s important that we show that same fighting spirit and togetherness this weekend.”

London Wasps supporters will have a chance to bid farewell to former Head Coach Shaun Edwards at this weekend’s game as he will take to the pitch after the game for a special presentation and on-field interview


London Wasps team to play Northampton Saints, Sunday November 6, Adams Park, 14.15 KO

15. Hugo Southwell
14. Tom Varndell
13. Chris Bell
12. Riki Flutey
11. Christian Wade
10. Nick Robinson
9. Joe Simpson
1. Tim Payne
2. Rob Webber
3. Ben Broster
4. Ross Filipo
5. Marco Wentzel
6. Richard Birkett
7. Jonathan Poff
8. John Hart (c)

Replacements
16. Tom Lindsay
17. Zak Taulafo
18. Jeremy Castex
19. Joe Burton
20. Matt Everard
21. Nic Berry
22. Ryan Davis
23. Chris Mayor

London Wasps play Northampton Saints this Sunday, November 6 at 14.15. Don’t miss out – call 0844 225 2990 or book online here.

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