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Southwell back to skipper Wasps

London Wasps fullback Hugo Southwell has recovered from the hand injury that has seen him miss two games to return to captain his side in Sunday’s sixth round Aviva Premiership game against Worcester.

Southwell is one of three returnees to the Wasps backline, with Stephen Jones taking the number ten shirt, having been forced to miss the Northampton clash with a stomach bug, and Tom Varndell returning to the wing in the place of the injured James Bailey.

Up front, Simon McIntyre replaces Tim Payne in the only change to the pack. On the bench Phil Swainston, Jonathan Poff and Ashley Johnson come into the match-day squad for the second Wasps clash at Adams Park this season.

Director of Rugby Dai Young said the side looked forward to being back in front of home fans this weekend.

“We had a decent win there in our last match and we know how important home form is so this is an important game. Worcester will come here with lots of confidence having scored some very good tries in their last few games and they always bring with them a strong set piece and defensive game.”

London Wasps team to play Worcester, Adams Park. Sunday October 7, 15.00 KO

15 Hugo Southwell ( C)
14 Tom Varndell
13 Andrea Masi
12 Chris Bell
11 Christian Wade
10 Stephen Jones
9 Joe Simpson
1 Simon McIntyre
2 Tom Lindsay
3 Zak Taulafo
4 Tom Palmer
5 Marco Wentzel
6 Joe Launchbury
7 James Haskell
8 Billy Vunipola


16 T Rhys Thomas
17 Phil Swainston
18 Fabio Staibano
19 Jonathan Poff
20 Ashley Johnson
21 Charlie Davies
22 Nick Robinson
23 Elliot Daly