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Varndell returns for Grenoble rematch

Director of Rugby Dai Young is expecting a reaction from the visitors this weekend as London Wasps face Grenoble for the second time in two weeks in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

In the backline there is a notable return to fitness, with Tom Varndell making a welcome return to the black and gold after three months on the sidelines. Ben Jacobs starts at outside centre in the place of Chris Bell, who is left out of the matchday 23 having carried a number of bumps and bruises over the last few weeks. The other change to the backline sees Jack Moates start at scrum half in the place of Joe Simpson who is ruled out through injury.

In the pack Tom Lindsay is given the starting spot at hooker, moving Carlo Festuccia to the bench. James Cannon gets a start in the second row in the place of Joe Launchbury, who is given some much-needed rest after a busy recent schedule. The final change sees Ed Jackson comes into the backrow at number eight, moving Sam Jones to the openside flank.

After a strong win in France against the same opposition last weekend, Director of Rugby Dai Young made it clear that he is expecting a dangerous reaction from Grenoble this Sunday.

“There is a reason that Grenoble are in the position they are in their domestic league and for a large part of last weekend’s game they made us work really hard to break them down. After that result I have no doubt that they will come to Adams Park with a point to prove and we have got to be clinical in everything we do this Sunday.”

“We have often been guilty this season of not backing up wins with a performance the following weekend but we must do that if we have aspirations of pushing on as a Club. This weekend is one of those occasions.”

London Wasps Team
15 - Elliot Daly
14 - Will Helu
13 - Ben Jacobs
12 - Charlie Hayter
11 - Tom Varndell
10 - Joe Carlisle
9 - Jack Moates
1 - Matt Mullan
2 - Tom Lindsay
3 - Jake Cooper-Woolley
4 - James Cannon
5 - Tom Palmer
6 - James Haskell (c)
7 - Sam Jones
8 - Ed Jackson

16 - Carlo Festuccia
17 - Taione Vea
18 - Will Taylor
19 - Esteban Lozada
20 - Rory Pitman
21 – Josh Bassett
22 – Tommy Bell
23 – Andrew Suniula

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