Wasps team for final LV=Cup pool game

Wasps have named their team to take on Northampton Saints in the LV=Cup at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday 7 February, kick off 15:15.

The starting side sees five changes from last weekend. Will Taylor starts in the front row after making his return from injury last Sunday, Elliot Daly, Tom Varndell and Rob Miller return to boost the backline, with Jack Gash joining up with the squad from Rosslyn Park to start at scrum half in the absence of Charlie Davies, Jack Moates, Tom Bliss and James Small-Edwards through injury.

Carlo Festuccia, Simon McIntyre, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Kearnan Myall and Nathan Hughes all provide firepower off the bench, with Academy centre George Eastwell called back from Henley Hawks to be included among the substitutes and Jack Walsh named as the replacement scrum half, on loan from Blackheath.

Ahead of the game, Wasps Attack Coach Stephen Jones said, “Northampton are a team that we respect but we are going there to back our skill set and to play the style of rugby we enjoy. 

“We head into a very important block of Aviva Premiership fixtures after this game and, with the league so tight, we need a good performance this week to give us momentum going into those matches and to build on where we are at currently.

“The challenge we have this weekend is to show what we’ve learnt from last week; to play for the full 80 minutes and to show control at key moments.”

Wasps team to face Northampton Saints
15. Rob Miller
14. Josh Bassett
13. Elliot Daly
12. Will Helu
11. Tom Varndell
10. Alex Lozowski
9. Jack Gash
1. John Yapp
2. Tom Lindsay
3. Will Taylor
4. Will Rowlands
5. James Cannon
6. Ed Jackson (c)
7. Thomas Young
8. Guy Thompson

16. Carlo Festuccia
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Jake Cooper-Woolley
19. Kearnan Myall
20. Nathan Hughes
21. Jack Walsh
22. Glyn Hughes
23. George Eastwell