Wasps International News Update
Date: 29 May 2018
Wasps pair Elliot Daly and Joe Launchbury were both on the scoresheet for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.
However, despite scoring six tries the hosts slipped to a 45-63 defeat against opponents who managed nine touchdowns, all of which were converted by Scotland fly half Finn Russell.
The visitors raced into a 21-point lead in just 12 minutes through through a Chris Ashton double plus Victor Vito’s score which was created by Russell’s perfectly-weighted grubber.
England struck back through Wasps favourite Daly, who was wearing his country’s full back shirt for the first time, and Piers Francis, only for Toulon winger Ashton to complete a rapid hat-trick on the 25-minute mark.
Daly then turned creator to send Bath back-rower Zach Mercer over, and when Francis grabbed his second England were temporarily back on level terms.
However, Ashton sent Russell over to give the Baa Baas the half-time advantage which they extended in the third quarter through Fijian centre Semi Radrada.
After George Ford kicked a penalty for England, Wasps skipper Launchbury powered over from close range to raise home hopes.
However, Wallaby lock Sateleki Timani and Fijian winger Josua Tuisova then claimed their team’s seventh and eighth scores.
Wasps half-backs Dan Robson and Danny Cipriani both arrived from the England bench during the second half, and the soon-to-be Gloucester No.10’s neat kick created England’s last try for Leicester winger Jonny May.
Ford’s conversion ensured he finished with a perfect seven-from-seven kicking record, but fittingly it was the Barbarians who had the last word through All Black No.8 Vito’s second converted try.
Wasps academy back-rower Tom Willis hs been named among the replacements for England’s under 20 World Cup clash with Argentina in Narbonne on Wednesday evening.
The match is the first of three contests in nine days for Steve Bates’ team who lock horns with Italy at Perpignan on June 3 then Scotland at Beziers four days later.
The semi-finals take place on June 12 before Beziers hosts the final on June 17.
England have reached the final in five consecutive years, winning three (2013, 2014, 2016) and since 2008 have reached eight out of the 10 finals, including last year in Georgia.
In addition to Willis, a local connection is provided by the selection of London Irish pair Tom Parton and Tom Hardwick, whose fathers Andy and Rob both appeared for Coventry in the 1980’s and 90’s.
Familiar Premiership faces in the England line-up include Sale flanker Ben Curry plus Harlequins’ Marcus Smith and Gabriel Ibitoye.