Wasps team for Ricoh return against Bath

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to face Bath in Round 2 of the Aviva Premiership, at the Ricoh Arena this Saturday, kick off 2pm.

Wasps welcome back returning England internationals James Haskell and Joe Launchbury into the starting line-up, with Lorenzo Cittadini, who returns from Italy duty, named among the replacements.
 
Carlo Festuccia starts at hooker, Ben Jacobs at inside centre and former Auckland Blues winger, Frank Halai, is set to make his Wasps’ debut on the wing after joining the club this week.
 
Ahead of the game, Dai Young said: “It was a frustrating performance against Harlequins at The Stoop last Friday, but we’ve had a real boost this week having most of our internationals back and they add some extra experience to the group.
 
“Bath will also have the majority of their internationals back for this match and it doesn’t get much tougher in the league than facing Bath, who deservedly reached the Premiership Final last season.
 
“We managed to turn the Ricoh into a bit of a fortress towards the end of last season, and we know we need to start in the same vein this time, with the Aviva Premiership more competitive than ever.”
 
Wasps’ squad to play Bath at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday, 24 October 2015, 2pm KO
15. Rob Miller
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Ben Jacobs
11. Frank Halai
10. Jimmy Gopperth
9. Joe Simpson
1. Matt Mullan
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Joe Launchbury
5. James Gaskell
6. James Haskell (c)
7. George Smith
8. Nathan Hughes
 
16. Ashley Johnson
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Lorenzo Cittadini
19. Kearnan Myall
20. Sam Jones
21. Dan Robson
22. Ruaridh Jackson
23. Sailosi Tagicakibau

Bath squad
15 Tom Homer
14 Semesa Rokoduguni
13 Ollie Devoto
12 Kyle Eastmond
11 Anthony Watson
10 George Ford
9 Niko Matawalu
1 Nick Auterac
2 Ross Batty
3 Henry Thomas
4 Stuart Hooper (c)
5 Dave Attwood
6 Matt Garvey
7 Alafoti Faosiliva
8 Leroy Houston
 
16 Rob Webber
17 Max Lahiff
18 Dave Wilson
19 Dom Day
20 Guy Mercer
21 Chris Cook
22 Rhys Priestland
23 Matt Banahan