Wasps A to play Bristol United

Wasps have announced their squad to face Bristol United in the Aviva 'A' League at Maidenhead RFC tonight, kick-off 19:30. 

(photo credit: Nicholas Flexman) 

Wasps have named a strong side to take on Bristol United in tonight's Aviva A League fixture. Entry to tonight's match at Maidenhead RFC (SL6 1BN) is free for Wasps Season Ticket Holders or £5 otherwise.  

The home side have named a largely unchanged team from the side that lost out narrowly 36-42 to Saracens Storm last Monday.

First team regular Sailosi Tagicakibau comes in for Conor Dolan on one wing and Piers O'Conor, who is currently enjoying a successful stint on loan at Bedford Blues, comes in for Wasps U18 player Caleb Shepherd at full back. 

The rest of the backs remain unchanged, with Irish duo James Downey and Brendan Macken combining in the centres for the fourth A League game in a row. Jamie Stevenson and Connor Eastgate link up in the half backs and Josh Bassett, who has scored in both his last two A League games, is on the wing. 

In the front row Tom Bristow once again packs down alongside Senior Academy players George Edgson and Will Stuart. Captain James Cannon is paired with Wasps U18s and Abingdon schoolboy Jack Holford in the second row. Alex Rieder will look to impress again at blindside flanker and is joined by Jack Willis and Guy Thompson in the back row. 

For Bristol, Argentinian international prop Gaston Cortes will make his long-awaited return from injury tonight. He is joined by former Harlequins and Worcester hooker Chris Brooker, Italian international Tommaso Benvenuti, Scottish international Kyle Traynor and former Bath back-rower Josh Ovens in the Bristol side for tonight's game. 

A League coach Matt Davies said: "It is great to have so many senior players involved in the game, looking to put in a performance to show Dai Young that they should be involved in the first team. 

"Meanwhile it is an opportunity for our Academy players to play alongside seasoned pro players and the experience they will gain is invaluable.” 

Wasps 'A' to play Bristol United at Maidenhead RFC on Monday 4 January, kick off 19:30.
15. Piers O'Conor
14. Sailosi Tagicakibau
13. Brendan Macken
12. James Downey
11. Josh Bassett
10. Connor Eastgate
9. Jamie Stevenson
1. Tom Bristow 
2. George Edgson
3. Will Stuart
4. James Cannon (c)
5. Jack Holford
6. Alex Rieder
7. Jack Willis
8. Guy Thompson

16. Lewis Grinsell
17. Tom West/Alex Lundberg
18. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
19. TBC
20. Jacob Turner
21. Will Porter
22. Conor Dolan
23. Owain James/Ollie Brown

Bristol team
15. Auguy Slowik 
14. George Watkins
13. Tommaso Benvenuti
12. Nick Carpenter (c)
11. Ryan Edwards
10. Callum Sheedy
9. Andy Uren
1. Kyle Traynor
2. Chris Booker
3. Gaston Cortes
4. Adam Sinclair
5. John Hawkins
6. Sam Jeffries
7. Max Crumpton
8. Josh Ovens

16. James Stephenson
17. Jamal Ford-Robinson
18. David Spellman
19. Louis Wolf
20. Jack Davies
21. Josh Barton
22. Sam Katz
23. Darren Hudson