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Team to play Leicester Tigers

London Wasps have named their side to face Leicester Tigers in Saturday’s LV=Cup clash at Welford road.

Tom Howe

Tom Howe

England U18 winger Tom Howe, a rising star in the London Wasps Academy set-up, makes his first professional appearance for the Club having being handed a start out wide, while recent arrivals Stuart Commins and Charlie Hayter make their debuts, at 9 and in the centres respectively.

Will Rowlands

Will Rowlands

In the pack, Oxford University’s Will Rowlands makes his first start for the Club in the second row, being given an opportunity to impress while Wasps find themselves short at lock due to injuries and international call-ups.

Charlie Hayter

Charlie Hayter

Sam Jones captains the team from number 8.

Stuart Commins

Stuart Commins

On the bench, Academy prop Harry Williams, who is currently studying at Loughborough University, will get his first taste of senior action, having made numerous appearances at A League level, while Dave Hughes, who has featured in this competition already this season, gets a spot on the bench, and James Harris, who played for the Club last season, comes in as cover from Oxford University for a spell. There’s also some big experience on the bench with Chris Bell and Hugo Southwell joining Simon McIntyre and T Rhys Thomas.

London Wasps forwards coach Trevor Woodman said: “The next two weeks offer a great opportunity for players who haven’t had much rugby over the last few months to put their case forward. We need to manage our players in this fortnight so that guys who need a rest get it, and guys who need game-time get it. It’s a difficult balance given the size of our squad and who we have missing, but the players involved will look at it as an opportunity. Leicester will have lost a lot of payers to the international set-up but they have a hugely strong squad and it’s a tough place to go.”

London Wasps team to play Leicester

15 Jack Wallace
14 Tom Howe
13 Chris Mayor
12 Charlie Hayter
11 Jonah Holmes
10 Tommy Bell
9 Stuart Commins
1 Tim Payne
2 Nathan Morris
3 Will Taylor
4 James Cannon
5 Will Rowlands
6 Tinus Du Plessis
7 Matt Everard
8 Sam Jones (c )

Replacements

16 T Rhys Thomas
17 Simon McIntyre
18 Harry Williams
19 Dave Hughes
20 James Harris
21 Will Robinson
22 Chris Bell
23 Hugo Southwell

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