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London Wasps name team to play Bayonne

London Wasps travel to France this weekend to face Bayonne in round three of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Sam Jones makes his first European start this season at blindside flanker

Sam Jones makes his first European start this season at blindside flanker

The back three has a familiar look, with captain Hugo Southwell starting at 15 alongside Christian Wade and Tom Varndell on the wings.

Having returned from international duty last week, Andrea Masi starts in the centres alongside Chris Bell

Having returned from international duty last week, Andrea Masi starts in the centres alongside Chris Bell

Chris Bell starts at outside centre and is partnered by Andrea Masi, who earns a start in the 12 shirt after returning from international duty with Italy last week.

Tom Lindsay returns to the starting lineup at hooker

Tom Lindsay returns to the starting lineup at hooker

Nick Robinson starts again in the accustomed fly-half role, with Charlie Davies getting a chance to impress in the nine shirt.

The front row is made up of Zak Taulafo at loosehead and Phil Swainston at tighthead, with Tom Lindsay starting at hooker.

James Cannon and Marco Wentzel make up the second row pairing, while James Haskell and Ashley Johnson wear seven and eight respectively, with Sam Jones earning his start at blindside.

Director of Rugby Dai Young said “French sides are traditionally very strong at home and, combined with the huge quality they have in their squad, that will make our job this weekend very difficult.”

“However, if we were to go there and get a result it would be huge for our European campaign and set us up very well the return leg of this fixture next Thursday night at Adams Park.”

London Wasps host Bayonne at Adams Park on Thursday 13 December for the return leg of this fixture in round four of the Amlin Challenge Cup. To secure your place call 0844 225 2990 or book online here.


London Wasps team to play Aviron Bayonnais

15. Hugo Southwell (c)
14. Christian Wade
13. Andrea Masi
12. Chris Bell
11. Tom Varndell
10. Nick Robinson
9. Charlie Davies
1. Zak Taulafo
2. Tom Lindsay
3. Phil Swainston
4. James Cannon
5. Marco Wentzel
6. Sam Jones
7. James Haskell
8. Ashley Johnson

Replacements

16. T Rhys Thomas
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Will Taylor
19. Joe Launchbury
20. Jonathan Poff
21. Joe Simpson
22. Tommy Bell
23. Elliot Daly

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