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Wasps side to play Worcester

London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to face Worcester in the second round of the LV=Cup at Adams Park this Sunday (15.00).

Six new faces come into the starting line-up including captain Hugo Southwell who comes in at fullback and speedster Tom Varndell who starts on the wing.

Matt Everard makes his first competitive start of the season, having impressed off the bench in Cardiff last weekend, while in the second-row, with Marco Wentzel ruled out with a knock, Wasps have called up Josh Brown from London Scottish to fill an area already shorn by the inclusion of Joe Launchbury and Tom Palmer in the England side this weekend.

Tom Lindsay and Ashley Johnson are the other new starters, with both coming back into the team having been rested last weekend.

On the bench 18-year-old Dave Hughes, and 21-year-old Will Taylor will be hoping for their second ever appearance, having both made their debuts last weekend, while James Haskell covers the back-row having returned from England duty this week.

Young said: “We gave a disappointing account of ourselves last weekend and I am looking for the team to show me a lot more on Sunday. We’re in good form at Adams Park but Worcester had a big win against Scarlets last weekend and will come to us very confident. We need to show a big step up in our performance this weekend.”

London Wasps team to play Worcester, Sunday November 18, Adams Park, 15.00 KO

1 Simon McIntyre
2 Tom Lindsay
3 Phil Swainston
4 James Cannon
5 Josh Brown
6 Sam Jones
7 Matt Everard
8 Ashley Johnson
9 Jonah Holmes
10 Tommy Bell
11 Tom Varndell
12 Chris Bell
13 Elliot Daly
14 Jack Wallace
15 Hugo Southwell (c)

16 Nathan Morris
17 Tim Payne
18 Will Taylor
19 Dave Hughes
20 James Haskell
21 Charlie Davies
22 Lee Thomas
23 Chris Mayor