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Wasps team to play Bayonne

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to face Bayonne on Saturday at Stade Jean-Dauger.

After a last gasp victory at Adams Park against Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership last Sunday, Wasps now turn their attention to the Amlin Challenge Cup and the crunch game of Pool 4 against Bayonne.

The Wasps side sees five changes to the starting side that beat Exeter Chiefs, with four of those coming in the pack.

The only change in the backline sees Charlie Davies back in the nine shirt with Joe Simpson moving to the bench.

In the pack, Phil Swainston replaces the injured Jake Cooper-Woolley, while Kearnan Myall, James Haskell and Sam Jones are also named in the starting lineup, with Tom Palmer and Guy Thompson moving to the bench.

The fixture sees the first and second placed sides in Pool 4 of the Amlin Challenge Cup go head to head in a game that will potentially decide who progresses to the knockout stages of the competition. The weight of the game is not lost on Dai Young.

“Obviously this game is hugely important in terms of our European campaign. Bayonne are a side that we have got to know very well over the past few seasons; having played them in France in the past two seasons and played them already at Adams Park in round two of this season’s competition nothing should come as much of a surprise to us on Saturday night.”

“That being said, Bayonne are a very good side with some very talented players in their ranks and their performances at home tend to be very strong. We are under no illusions about the size of the challenge and we must focus on producing a clinical performance.”

Wasps team to face Bayonne

15. Elliot Daly
14. Will Helu
13. Chris Bell (c)
12. Charlie Hayter
11. Tom Varndell
10. Andy Goode
9. Charlie Davies
1. Matt Mullan
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Phil Swainston
4. Kearnan Myall
5. Joe Launchbury
6. Ashley Johnson
7. James Haskell
8. Sam Jones

16. Tom Lindsay
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Will Taylor
19. Tom Palmer
20. Guy Thompson
21. Joe Simpson
22. Joe Carlisle
23. Andrew Suniula


Bayonne Team

15. Scott Spedding
14. Martin Bustos Moyano
13. Joe Rokocoko
12. Manu Ahotaeiloa
11. Bastien Fuster
10. Santiago Fernandez
9. Mathieu Belie
1. Aretz Iguiniz
2. Gregory Arganese
3. Gert Muller
4. Abdellatif Boutaty
5. Lisiate Fa'aoso
6. Mark Chisholm (C)
7. Julien Puricelli
8. Jean-Jo Marmouyet

16. David Roumieu
17. Vitolio Manukula
18. Nemiah Tialata
19. Dewald Senekal
20. Bastien Duhalde
21. Guillaume Bernad
22. Marvin O'Connor
23. Stephen Brett

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