Wasps team to travel to Saracens

Date: 4 Sep 2020

 

Lee Blackett has named his side for Wasps’ Gallagher Premiership Round 18 match with Saracens at Allianz Park on Saturday.

Jimmy Gopperth will captain the side from fly-half on his 100th Wasps appearance.

Centre Juan de Jongh makes his first appearance since the restart, after returning from hand and hamstring injuries.

Hooker Antonio ‘TJ’ Harris is named amongst the replacements, having re-joined the club on a short-term deal this week from Jersey, and returns to the ground where he made his first Premiership start for Wasps in December 2018.

There is one potential Wasps debutant in the 23, as 20-year-old Wasps Senior Academy back-rower, and former Warwick school pupil, Kieran Curran is named as a replacement.

Newly promoted first team squad member, 20-year-old Will Simonds is also in line to make his Premiership debut from the bench, having come through the Wasps Academy.

Blackett said: “We’re going to have to be physical. They’re one of the most physical sides in Europe and that’s why we have had to make some changes. We can’t have guys that are going around at 70 or 80% when we come up against the current champions.”

Wasps team to face Saracens at Allianz Park on Saturday in Gallagher Premiership Round 18 (kick-off 12:30pm)

Wasps (First-team appearances)

15 Rob Miller (112)

14 Paolo Odogwu (7)

13 Juan de Jongh (57)

12 Michael Le Bourgeois (32)

11 Josh Bassett (121)

10 Jimmy Gopperth (c) (99)

9 Ben Vellacott (4)

1 Ben Harris (61)

2 Tom Cruse (79)

3 Biyi Alo (13)

4 Will Rowlands (88)  

5 Tim Cardall (16)

6 Tom Willis (16)

7 Ben Morris (28)

8 Sione Vailanu (19)

Replacements

16 Antonio ‘TJ’ Harris (14)

17 Simon McIntyre (168)

18 Jack Owlett (8)

19 Theo Vukasinovic (6)

20 Kieran Curran (0)

21 Sam Wolstenholme (9)

22 Charlie Atkinson (1)

23 Will Simonds (3)