Wasps name young squad for Premiership Rugby Cup opener

Date: 26 Oct 2018

Wasps hand debuts to six players for their Premiership Rugby Cup opener against Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Academy Manager Jon Pendlebury takes over the reins for the newly-named competition, which includes just one first-team player in Ross Neal.

Centres Neal and Will Simonds, winger Callum Sirker, fly-half Sunny Jardine, lock Josh Fenner and back row Shane Buckley, are all making their first-team debuts for the Club.

On the bench, Alfie Barbeary, Ben Onyeama-Christie, Alex Hunt, Jack Dickinson, James Tunney and Henry Clement could also be set for their first appearances in the Black and Gold.

Captained by 19-year-old scrum half Will Porter, the youthful outfit will be hoping to impress on the big stage, with 19 of the 23 having featured in this season’s Premiership Rugby Shield competition for Wasps A.

Pendlebury said: “With it being October half-term it’s allowed us greater contact time with our U16s and 18s and it’s a fantastic opportunity for the likes of youngsters Alfie Barbeary and James Tunney to be named in the squad.

“We're going to go to Gloucester with some things we're going to try, some things that we're going to play around with, but also, continuing some combinations that we've been looking at as well.

“We've asked some lads to come in a bit more to training this week so they've shuffled university lectures and tutorials around which is great but they've seen the reward and recognition being named in the 23.

“It's going to be a good but tough game. Gloucester play an exciting brand of rugby and it’s a contest we’re certainly looking forward to.”

Wasps – Link/school/university (Wasps first-team appearances)
15 Owain James (6)
14 Josh Grimes - Extended Academy (1)
13 Ross Neal (0)
12 Will Simonds (0)
11 Callum Sirker (0)
10 Sunny Jardine - Extended Academy & University of Birmingham (0)
9 Will Porter (c) (4)
1 George Thornton (3)
2 Gabriel Oghre (3)
3 David Langley (1)
4 Josh Fenner (0)
5 Tim Cardall (1)
6 Shane Buckley - Nottingham Rugby (0)
7 James Seabrook - Extended Academy & University of Warwick (4)
8 Tom Willis (5)

16 Alfie Barbeary - Junior Academy & Bloxham School (0)
17 Ben Onyeama-Christie - Extended Academy & Loughborough Students (0)
18 Alex Hunt - Extended Academy & Loughborough Students (0)
19 Jack Dickinson - Extended Academy & Hinckley RFC (0)
20 James Tunney - Junior Academy & RGS High Wycombe (0)
21 Henry Clement - Extended Academy & Leicester Lions (0)
22 Cameron Anderson (2)
23 Taju Atta - Extended Academy & Loughborough University (2)


Wasps team to face Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday 27 October (kick-off 3pm)

15 Owain James 
14 Josh Grimes 
13 Ross Neal
12 Will Simonds
11 Callum Sirker 
10 Sunny Jardine 
9 Will Porter (c) 
1 George Thornton 
2 Gabriel Oghre 
3 David Langley 
4 Josh Fenner 
5 Tim Cardall
6 Shane Buckley
7 James Seabrook 
8 Tom Willis 

16 Alfie Barbeary 
17 Ben Onyeama-Christie
18 Alex Hunt 
19 Jack Dickinson
20 James Tunney
21 Henry Clement
22 Cameron Anderson
23 Taju Atta