All Black Fekitoa set for Wasps debut in push for semi-finals
Date: 9 Oct 2019
New Zealand World Cup-winner Malakai Fekitoa is set to make his Wasps debut on Saturday as Wasps take on Worcester Warriors in Round 4 of the Premiership Rugby Cup at Ricoh Arena (kick-off 3pm).
Both Wasps and Worcester are still in the hunt for a semi-final place in the competition but either side require a win in their Derby Day fixture and will have to hope other results go their way if they are to make the knockout stages.
Fekitoa will link up with Juan de Jongh in the Wasps midfield, while skipper Dan Robson returns to the starting line-up at scrum-half alongside Billy Searle at stand-off, who makes his first start since February.
Josh Bassett and Marcus Watson are restored to the side, starting on the wings, with Rob Miller at full-back.
In the pack, Georgia international Zurabi Zhvania lines up next to Tom Cruse and Kieran Brookes in the front-row, with Tim Cardall partnering Charlie Matthews in the second-row.
England’s Brad Shields starts in the back-row alongside Jack Willis and Tonga international Sione Vailanu.
Fekitoa’s fellow All Black Lima Sopoaga is also set for his first appearance of the season, after recovering from injury to be named among the replacements.
Internationals Tommy Taylor, Jeff Toomaga-Allen and Nizaam Carr are also named on the Wasps bench.
Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “One of the priorities of this competition was to give everybody an opportunity and we’ve achieved that. Everybody that’s been available has played and it’s allowed us to look at different combinations.
“The first performance was poor against Saracens but the last two have been a lot better. Both games were close and could’ve gone either way and we’ve been very competitive in both.
“Some boys have put their hands up and hopefully now we can finish off with a win this weekend and that’ll take us where it takes us.”
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Wasps team to face Worcester Warriors this Saturday at Ricoh Arena (3pm)
Wasps (First-team appearances)
15 Rob Miller (105)
14 Marcus Watson (31)
13 Malakai Fekitoa (0)
12 Juan de Jongh (50)
11 Josh Bassett (106)
10 Billy Searle (14)
9 Dan Robson (C) (97)
1 Zurabi Zhvania (25)
2 Tom Cruse (64)
3 Kieran Brookes (20)
4 Tim Cardall (5)
5 Charlie Matthews (16)
6 Brad Shields (16)
7 Jack Willis (38)
8 Sione Vailanu (3)
16 Tommy Taylor (50)
17 Ben Harris (46)
18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen (2)
19 Theo Vukasinovic (1)
20 Nizaam Carr (39)
21 Sam Wolstenholme (3)
22 Lima Sopoaga (25)
23 Michael Le Bourgeois (17)