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Team News: London Wasps side to play Sale Sharks

London Wasps have been boosted by the return to full fitness of rising stars Joe Launchbury and James Cannon who will both start tomorrow night’s Aviva Premiership match against Sale.

James Cannon makes his first start of the season

James Cannon makes his first start of the season

With Richard Birkett ruled out for the weekend, Launchbury is handed the number 6 shirt from the off for his first start since October, while Cannon is named in the second-row for his first start of the competitive season - both having recovered from lengthy spells on the side-line.

In the two other changes to the starting line-up Jack Wallace starts on the wing while Tim Payne returns to the front row.

On the bench Russian hooker Vladislav Korshunov replaces Rob Webber who is on England duty with Joe Simpson also making the replacements having been released from international duty.

Dai Young said: “We know that Sale on a Friday night is a difficult place to go for any team so we’ve got to work incredibly hard to come back with points. There are certain areas of our game we need to tighten up on but we must remember that we haven’t been too far away from claiming wins in the past two weeks and stay confident in what we are trying to achieve.”

“Our kicking game is one area we simply must improve on. On his day Nick Robinson can be one of the best 10s in the league and it’s important that I show confidence in him to kick us those vital points and get us into territories where we can attack. It’s also great to welcome back Joe Launchbury and James Cannon into the team. They are both desperate to get game-time and will bring with them a real desire to work hard for the team.”

London Wasps team to play Sale Sharks, Friday, Feb 24th, Edgeley Park, 19.45 KO
15 Hugo Southwell
14 Tom Prydie
13 Elliot Daly
12 Dom Waldouck
11 Jack Wallace
10 Nick Robinson
9 Nic Berry
1 Tim Payne
2 Tom Lindsay
3 Ben Broster
4 James Cannon
5 Marco Wentzel (c )
6 Joe Launchbury
7 Jonathan Poff
8 Billy Vunipola
16 Vladislav Korshunov
17 Zak Taulafo
18 Simon McIntyre
19 Ed O’Donoghue
20 Sam Jones
21 Joe Simpson
22 Ryan Davis
23 Paul Emerick