Juan De Jongh and Jack Willis return to face Ulster

Date: 19 Jan 2018


Juan De Jongh returns to Wasps line-up against Ulster at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday after recovering from a hamstring injury.

The Springbok international, who limped off in the early stages of his club’s Premiership defeat by Saracens a fortnight ago, partners Kyle Eastmond in the home midfield.

Director of rugby Dai Young has made one further change to the matchday 23 that lost to Harlequins last week, with former England U20 flanker Jack Willis replacing the suspended James Haskell.

Hookers Tom Cruse and Ashley Johnson swap bench and starting roles, as do openside flankers Guy Thompson and Thomas Young.

Thompson and Willis are joined in the back row for a final time by Nizaam Carr, who is shortly to return to Cape Town following the end of his successful loan spell in Coventry.

Looking ahead to the round six clash, director of rugby Dai Young said his team must focus on delivering an improved all-round performance.

“Plenty always goes on during the final weekend of the European Cup pool stages,” he said, “but we have to concentrate on our game with Ulster, pure and simple.

“We have plenty to put right from the last few weeks, and have been working hard on those things in training.

“We can only control events at the Ricoh. A number of things must happen for us to have any chance of reaching the quarter-finals, but it all starts with us beating Ulster.

Wasps:

15. Willie Le Roux
14. Christian Wade
13. Juan De Jongh
12. Kyle Eastmond 
11. Marcus Watson
10. Danny Cipriani
9. Dan Robson 
1.  Simon McIntyre
2.  Tom Cruse
3.  Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Joe Launchbury ©
5.  James Gaskell 
6.  Jack Willis
7.  Guy Thompson
8.  Nizaam Carr

Replacements:

16. Ashley Johnson
17. Ben Harris
18. Marty Moore
19. Kearnan Myall
20. Thomas Young
21. Joe Simpson
22. Rob Miller
23. Brendan Macken

Tickets for Sunday’s match are available in person from the Ricoh Arena box office, by phone on 02476 786411 or online at www.wasps.co.uk/tickets.

Tickets are also available for the forthcoming encounter with Leicester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on February 4, and for the rematch Aviva Premiership final rematch with Exeter Chiefs on February 18.