Trio return for crunch Toulouse clash

Date: 7 Dec 2018


Josh Bassett, Tom Cruse and Thomas Young all return to the Wasps starting line-up as the men in Black and Gold prepare for an all-important Heineken Champions Cup clash with Toulouse at Ricoh Arena on Saturday (kick-off 5.30pm).

Bassett returns on the left wing after being rested while Cruse (ribs) and Young (hamstring and calf) recover from knocks which kept them out of action last weekend.

Bassett is joined by Ross Neal and Springbok Wille Le Roux in the back three while skipper Elliot Daly lines up with Michael Le Bourgeois in the centres. Lima Sopoaga and Craig Hampson form the half-back combination.

Cruse is joined in the front row by Ben Harris and Kieran Brookes while Will Rowlands and Kearnan Myall form the second row partnership.

Young, who has made the most turnovers in the competition this season with seven in two games, partners England pair Brad Shields and Nathan Hughes in the back row.

Ashley Johnson (knee) and Will Stuart (neck) recover from injuries to return to the match day 23.

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “We’ve been mentioning all week about how hard it is to get into Europe. You work your socks off for ten months in the league to make sure you’re in the competition and you want to experience these big games.

“It’s a great game to take to the Ricoh. The history and tradition that Toulouse obviously bring to the European competition is there for all to see.

“They are a quality team, their offloading game is second to none and they have big physical players who can get over the gainline, and not only that, but keep the ball moving with offloads.

“We’re going to have to be at our best. It’s a knockout game really as if we don’t win this match, we put ourselves under a huge amount of pressure and it will be very hard to progress.”

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Wasps (First-team appearances)
15 Wille Le Roux (41)
14 Ross Neal (5)
13 Elliot Daly (c) (182)
12 Michael Le Bourgeois (10)
11 Josh Bassett
10 Lima Sopoaga (10)
9 Craig Hampson (22)
1 Ben Harris (30)
2 Tom Cruse (46)
3 Kieran Brookes (11)
4 Will Rowlands (59)
5 Kearnan Myall (125)
6 Brad Shields (3)
7 Thomas Young (96)
8 Nathan Hughes (114)

Replacements
16 Ashley Johnson (172)
17 Zurabi Zhvania (9)
18 Will Stuart (19)
19 Charlie Matthews (4)
20 Nizaam Carr (19)
21 Will Porter (8)
22 Billy Searle (7)
23 Juan de Jongh (34)

Wasps team to face Toulouse at Ricoh Arena on Saturday 8 December (kick-off 5.30pm)

15 Wille Le Roux
14 Ross Neal
13 Elliot Daly (c)
12 Michael Le Bourgeois
11 Josh Bassett
10 Lima Sopoaga
9 Craig Hampson
1 Ben Harris
2 Tom Cruse
3 Kieran Brookes
4 Will Rowlands
5 Kearnan Myall
6 Brad Shields
7 Thomas Young
8 Nathan Hughes

Replacements
16 Ashley Johnson
17 Zurabi Zhvania
18 Will Stuart
19 Charlie Matthews
20 Nizaam Carr
21 Will Porter
22 Billy Searle
23 Juan de Jongh