Wasps Team to face Castres Olympique

Dai Young has named his team to face Castres Olympique this Sunday (KO 13.00), in the return leg of the European Rugby Champions Cup, for Wasps final game at Adams Park.

Ben Jacobs and Andrea Masi team up in the centre, while Charlie Davies and Andy Goode continue their half back partnership after last weekend’s win in the South of France.

Dai Young said, “The players are fully focused on the 80 minutes of rugby ahead of them on Sunday, but we appreciate it will be a significant occasion for our supporters, as well as a significant game of rugby.

 “It would be nice to sign off at Adams Park with a great performance and a great win. It would be a fitting way to thank our fans for the support they’ve shown there over the years. “This a huge match for us in Europe. We were really pleased with the bonus point win in the South of France last Sunday, but we know the job is only half done. An away win last week means nothing if we don’t back it up on Sunday.

 “Castres have some really good individual players and if it clicks for them, they could be really dangerous. I’m expecting Castres to really give it their best shot and if we’re not concentrating fully for 80 minutes, it could be a banana skin for us.

“Coming into these two European matches, I always said we would need to win both to have a realistic chance of progressing. Obviously, we’ll also need to do well in our final two pool games, but certainly a win today would keep us in there fighting with two games to go.”

Unavailable for selection

Alapati Leiua is unavailable for selection this week as he has returned to Samoa after his father sadly passed away. Our thoughts are with Alapati and his family at this time.

Dai Young said, “I would like to add my condolences and send my best wishes to Pati and his family at this difficult time. We look forward to welcoming him back when he’s ready.”

Unavailable for selection through injury

Carlo Festuccia (ankle), Will Helu (ankle), Ruaridh Jackson (ACL), Joe Launchbury (neck), Jack Moates (ACL) Thomas Young (ankle), Christian Wade (ankle).

Wasps
15. Rob Miller
14. Sailosi Tagicakibau
13. Ben Jacobs
12. Andrea Masi
11. Tom Varndell
10. Andy Goode
9. Charlie Davies
1. Matt Mullan
2. Edd Shervington
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Bradley Davies
5. Kearnan Myall
6. Ashley Johnson
7. James Haskell (C)
8. Nathan Hughes

Replacements
16. Tom Lindsay
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Lorenzo Cittadini
19. James Gaskell
20. Guy Thompson
21. Joe Simpson
22. Alex Lozowski
23. Chris Bell

Castres
15. Julien Dumora (Fullback)
14. Max Evans (Centre)
13. Thomas Combezou (Centre)
12. Remi Lamerat (Centre)
11. Remi Grosso (Wing)
10. Daniel Kirkpatrick (Outside half/Scrum half)
9. Cedric Garcia (Scrum half)
1. Saimone Taumoepeau (Loose Head Prop)
2. Marc-Antoine Rallier (Hooker)
3. Yohan Montes (Tight Head Prop)
4. Piula Faasalele (Back row)
5. Benjamin Desroche (Lock)
6. Ibrahim Diarra (Back row)
7. Yannick Caballero (Back row) (C)
8. Jannie Bornman (Back row)

Replacements
16. Brice Mach (Hooker)
17. Florian Houerie (Loose Head Prop)
18. Paea Faanunu (Loose Head Prop)
19. William Whetton (Back row)
20. Mathieu Babillot (Ba ck row)
21. Sitiveni Sivivatu (Wing)
22. Geoffrey Palis (Wing)
23. Antoine Dupont (Scrum half)