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London Wasps name team to play Exeter Chiefs

London Wasps welcome back a trio of players who have been on international duty in recent weeks, for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership clash with Exeter at Sandy Park.

Tom Palmer returns to the side after time away with England

Tom Palmer returns to the side after time away with England

Prop Zak Taulafo, who impressed for Samoa in a strong Autumn campaign with his country, starts at loosehead this weekend, while England’s Tom Palmer packs down in the second-row.

Following a strong Autumn campaign with Samoa, Zak Taulafo returns to the Wasps front row

Following a strong Autumn campaign with Samoa, Zak Taulafo returns to the Wasps front row

Italy’s Andrea Masi also returns and is named on the bench, with Lee Thomas coming in at inside centre in the only change to the backline from last weekend’s win over Leicester Tigers.

Andrea Masi is named on the bench after returning from international duty with Italy

Andrea Masi is named on the bench after returning from international duty with Italy

Wasps are searching for a first away win in the league this year on the back of some very positive home form.

Director of Rugby Dai Young said “Exeter are a very good team and are very difficult to beat but there is no reason why we can’t go to Sandy Park and get a victory. We were pleased with our win last weekend but we are going to have to be better this Saturday down in Exeter. We are going to have to be more accurate.”

London Wasps side to play Exeter

15 Hugo Southwell
14 Tom Varndell
13 Elliot Daly
12 Lee Thomas
11 Christian Wade
10 Nick Robinson
9 Joe Simpson
1 Zak Taulafo
2 T Rhys Thomas
3 Phil Swainston
4 Tom Palmer
5 Marco Wentzel
6 Ashley Johnson
7 Jonathan Poff
8 Billy Vunipola

Replacements

16 Tom Lindsay
17 Simon McIntyre
18 Will Taylor
19 James Cannon
20 Sam Jones
21 Charlie Davies
22 Tommy Bell
23 Andrea Masi

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