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London Wasps team to play Bath

London Wasps head to Bath this weekend seeking a vital away Aviva Premiership win.

Launchbury is named in the second-row

Launchbury is named in the second-row

Wasps are looking to do the double over their West Country counterparts having beaten Bath 27-24 earlier this season in an exciting game at Adams Park.

Director of Rugby Dai Young has made three changes to his starting line-up, which includes seven players aged 21 or under.

In the only change in the backs, Ryan Davis misses the chance to face his old side having been injured in last weekend’s game, but the fit-again centre Dom Waldouck comes straight back in to wear the number 12 shirt.

In the pack Young has moved young Joe Launchbury from back-row to second-row with Billy Vunipola earning the number 8 shirt and Sam Jones shifting to number six.

Richard Birkett captains the side once again.

On the bench Nic Berry returns to provide scrum-half cover and Tinus Du Plessis is also named.

Young said: “It’s obviously a massive game tomorrow and the boys are well aware of what’s at stake. We’ve got to be much more accurate than we have been and get off to a strong start. We’re up against a side full of quality so we’re in no doubt as to the challenge that we’re going to face.”

London Wasps team to play Bath, Saturday April 21, 14.15 KO
15. Jack Wallace
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Dominic Waldouck
11. Tom Varndell
10. Nick Robinson
9. Charlie Davies
1. Tim Payne
2. Tom Lindsay
3. Ben Broster
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Richard Birkett (c)
6. Sam Jones
7. Jonathan Poff
8. Billy Vunipola
Replacements
16. Vladislav Korshunov
17. Zac Taulafo
18. Simon McIntyre
19. Ross Filipo
20. Tinus Du Plessis
21. Nic Berry
22. Chris Mayor
23. Lee Robinson

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