Wasps team to face Sale Sharks

Ben Jacobs captains an exciting Wasps side this Saturday as they face Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium in the LV=Cup.

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named an exciting side to face Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium this weekend.

The side, captained by Ben Jacobs, sees a large number of experienced first-team players link up with some impressive youngsters from the senior academy.

Simon McIntyre, Tom Lindsay and Phil Swainston form the front row, with James Cannon and Will Rowlands the two starting locks. Buster Lawrence, Thomas Young and Ed Jackson are named in the back row. 

In the back line, Charlie Davies and Alex Lozowski link up as the half backs, with Ben Jacobs and Will Helu in the centres. Out wide, Josh Bassett and Tom Howe start on the wings, with Piers O’Conor at fullback.

On the bench, there are familiar faces in Jake Cooper-Woolley and Sam Jones, joined by Edd Shervington, making his return from injury, and academy players Alex Lundberg, Tom Baldwin, Tom Bliss, George Eastwell and Conor Dolan.

Ahead of the game Dai Young said “This weekend is a great opportunity for some of the guys, who haven’t played as much as they would have liked so far this year, to cause me a bit of headache in terms of selection going forward. There are a number of guys in there who will want to prove a point this Saturday. 

“There are also a number of exciting young players in the side who will also be looking to prove a point, that they can mix it at this level.

“Sale is always a tough place to go, and we found that out in the Aviva Premiership a few weeks back. That will be no different this weekend but we have picked a strong squad and we’re all looking forward to seeing who sticks their hand up for future selection with a strong performance.”

Wasps team to play Sale Sharks this Saturday in the LV=Cup

15. Piers O’Conor
14. Tom Howe
13. Will Helu
12. Ben Jacobs (c)
11. Josh Bassett
10. Alex Lozowski
9. Charlie Davies
1. Simon McIntyre
2. Tom Lindsay
3. Phil Swainston
4. James Cannon
5. Will Rowlands
6. Buster Lawrence
7. Thomas Young
8. Ed Jackson

16. Edd Shervington
17. Alex Lundberg
18. Jake Cooper-Woolley
19. Tom Baldwin
20. Sam Jones
21. Tom Bliss
22. George Eastwell
23. Connor Dolan