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Team to face Harlequins

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his team to face Harlequins this weekend in the opening game of the season in the London Double Header at Twickenham.

Launchbury is back in action this weekend

Launchbury is back in action this weekend

Five players will make their competitive starting debuts for the Club.

Andy Goode, Matt Mullan, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Guy Thompson and Ed Jackson will all start for Dai Young’s side, with Sam Jones captaining the team in the absence of Chris Bell, who hasn’t quite recovered from a minor infection.

Andrea Masi fills the fullback shirt flanked by Christian Wade and Tom Varndell on the wings. Charlie Hayter and Ben Jacobs, in his second stint at the Club, are the centre pairing, while Goode and Joe Simpson make up the half back combination.

Mullan packs down with Tom Lindsay and youngster Cooper-Woolley, who has impressed in preseason, with Joe Launchbury and Tom Palmer forming the second row partnership.

Jones skippers the side on the blindside flank, alongside two newcomers, Jackson and Thompson who have both been hugely impressive since joining earlier this summer.

Young said: “After what has been a long but hugely productive preseason period, everyone at the Club is excited to get the competitive matches underway this weekend. The intensity in training over the last couple of weeks has noticeably increased as we have neared the start of the new season and everyone in the squad has been keen to state their case for a starting shirt.”

“This weekend we face a very accomplished side in the form of Harlequins who will test our systems extensively. We know that it will take the new players we have and the new systems we have introduced a while to bed in, but we showed last year the talent that we have at this Club and we are looking forward to trying to build on that.”

Unavailable for selection due to injury: Phil Swainston, Kearnan Myall and Chris Bell are all unavailable due to minor injuries that are not expected to keep them out beyond the opening few games. Hugo Southwell, James Bailey, James Haskell and Elliot Daly are unlikely to play in September but are making good progress on their respective injuries.

London Wasps team
15 Andrea Masi
14 Christian Wade
13 Ben Jacobs
12 Charlie Hayter
11 Tom Varndell
10 Andy Goode
9 Joe Simpson
1 Matt Mullan
2 Tom Lindsay
3 Jake Cooper-Woolley
4 Joe Launchbury
5 Tom Palmer
6 Sam Jones (captan)
7 Guy Thompson
8 Ed Jackson
16 Neil Cochrane
17 Simon McIntyre
18 Will Taylor
19 James Cannon
20 Ashley Johnson
21 Charlie Davies
22 Joe Carlisle
23 Tommy Bell

Harlequins team
15. Mike Brown
14. Paul Sackey
13. George Lowe
12. Jordan Turner-Hall
11. Ugo Monye
10. Nick Evans
9. Danny Care
1. Joe Marler
2. Joe Gray
3. Will Collier
4. George Merrick
5. George Robson
6. Luke Wallace
7. Chris Robshaw (C)
8. Nick Easter
16. Rob Buchanan
17. Mark Lambert
18. Paul Doran Jones
19. Maurie Fa'asavalu
20. Tom Guest
21. Karl Dickson
22. Ben Botica
23. Charlie Walker