Sopoaga to start at full-back against Gloucester

Date: 6 Mar 2020

Lima Sopoaga will start at full-back for Wasps against Gloucester Rugby on Saturday in Round 13 of the Gallagher Premiership at Ricoh Arena (kick-off 2.30pm).

The All Black is one of four changes to the starting line-up, with lock Charlie Matthews, hooker Tom Cruse and tighthead-prop Kieran Brookes also given the nod to play the cherry-and-whites.

Lock Tim Cardall is called up to the replacements while Dan Robson captains the side once again, against his former club.

In the back-row, Jack Willis will be looking to build on his 26 Premiership turnovers so far this season – placing him way ahead at the top of the charts – 11 ahead of his nearest competitor.

Lock Tim Cardall is called up to the replacements while Dan Robson captains the side once again, against his former club.

In the back-row, Jack Willis will be looking to build on his 26 Premiership turnovers so far this season – placing him way ahead at the top of the charts – 11 ahead of his nearest competitor.

The Black and Golds have run in 25 tries in their last six league games, picking up five try-bonus points in the process, and Wasps Interim Head Coach Lee Blackett said: “The big thing for us this week is finishing this block off strongly.

“We had a great result against Worcester, it wasn’t the one we wanted at Leicester but we’ve followed that with two five-point performances so we’re happy and confident and it’s all about trying to finish the week off against Gloucester who will be desperate for a win.

“They’re a great team on paper and that’s the danger because you know at some point they’re going to click and you know they’re going to come back.

“Yes, we’re gaining confidence, there’s no doubt about that. It’s about keeping that but also keeping our feet on the ground. We have to keep going game by game.”

England v Wales in the Guinness Six Nations will be shown live on the big screen in the Fan Village following the match.

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Wasps team to face Gloucester Rugby this Saturday in the Gallagher Premiership at Ricoh Arena (kick-off 2.30pm)

Wasps (First-team appearances)

15 Lima Sopoaga (38)

14 Marcus Watson (44)

13 Malakai Fekitoa (14)

12 Jimmy Gopperth (95)

11 Josh Bassett (118)

10 Jacob Umaga (20)

9 Dan Robson (c) (114)

1 Ben Harris (58)

2 Tom Cruse (76)

3 Kieran Brookes (34)

4 Charlie Matthews (27)

5 Thibaud Flament (15)

6 Brad Shields (25)

7 Jack Willis (53)

8 Nizaam Carr (55)

 

Replacements

16 Gabriel Oghre (19)

17 Tom West (23)

18 Biyi Alo (10)

19 Tim Cardall (14)

20 Ben Morris (26)

21 Will Porter (18)

22 Sam Spink (6)

23 Paolo Odogwu (5)