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Wasps team to play Exeter Chiefs

Dai Young has named his side to face Exeter Chiefs at Adams Park on Sunday 5 January, kick off 3pm.

After a rugged win at Kingston Park against Newcastle Falcons last Friday night, Young has made three changes to the starting lineup for this Sunday’s game.

The changes see Joe Simpson start at scrum half, forcing Charlie Davies to the bench, while Rory Pitman starts at number eight and Guy Thompson starts at seven, replacing the injured Sam Jones and James Haskell.

The fixture will see sixth placed Chiefs do battle with seventh placed Wasps and Young said that no one is under any illusions about the size of the challenge.

“We need to keep in contention with the top six and, with Exeter just above us in the table, this game gives us a chance to do that."

"Exeter are a very good, well organised team with a very good set piece and they will play from all areas of the field and will certainly test our defence as well as our resolve.”

Wasps team to play Exeter Chiefs

15. Elliot Daly
14. Will Helu
13. Chris Bell (c)
12. Charlie Hayter
11. Tom Varndell
10. Andy Goode
9. Joe Simpson
1. Matt Mullan
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Tom Palmer
5. Joe Launchbury
6. Ashley Johnson
7. Guy Thompson
8. Rory Pitman

16. Tom Lindsay
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Will Taylor
19. Kearnan Myall
20. Ed Jackson
21. Charlie Davies
22. Joe Carlisle
23. Andrew Suniula

Exeter Team

15 Luke Arscott
14 Jack Nowell
13 Ian Whitten
12 Jason Shoemark
11 Tom James
10 Henry Slade
9 Dave Lewis
1 Ben Moon
2 Chris Whitehead
3 Hoani Tui
4 Dean Mumm (capt)
5 James Hanks
6 Tom Johnson
7 Ben White
8 Dave Ewers

16 Jack Yeandle
17 Carl Rimmer
18 Alex Brown
19 Damian Welch
20 Kai Horstmann
21 Will Chudley
22 Gareth Steenson
23 Sam Hill