Wasps unchanged for Champions Cup clash with Bath
Date: 19 Oct 2018
Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young has named an unchanged 23 as his side take on Bath Rugby at Ricoh Arena on Saturday (kick-off 3.15pm), in search of their first points on the board in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup.
Last weekend saw Wasps defeated at champions Leinster Rugby while Bath slipped to a narrow home loss against Toulouse.
And the Gallagher Premiership counterparts go head-to-head on Saturday in an all-important European clash, which is part of a Double Header at Ricoh Arena as Wasps FC Ladies take on Richmond Women afterwards in the Tyrrells Premier 15s at 5.45pm.
Springbok Willie Le Roux, Josh Bassett and skipper Elliot Daly form a potent back-three while Juan de Jongh and Michael Le Bourgeois line up in the centres.
Lima Sopoaga and Joe Simpson form the half-back pairing with the latter set to make his 245th appearance in the Black and Gold.
In the pack, props Zurabi Zhvania and Kieran Brookes keep their places alongside hooker Tommy Taylor, who was the tournament’s top tackler in the first weekend with a whopping 26 hits.
Lock Will Rowlands was also a standout tackler last weekend, making 23 tackles and not missing one, and he again starts this weekend alongside James Gaskell in the second row.
Brad Shields and Nizaam Carr are named in the back row with Thomas Young, who made the most turnovers of any player in the competition (five) in the first round.
Wasps boss Dai Young said: “Bath are a quality side and we know each other very well.
“They have a good scrum so we know that will be a challenge. The have some threats out wide and they have Jamie Roberts coming down the middle so he’ll give them plenty of go forward.
“It’s important we start the game well and we don’t make mistakes with the ball early doors. We need to get some momentum and fire some shots of our own.
“We’re hurting after last weekend’s result. If the players weren’t hurting after last week I’d be annoyed. I want them to carry that hurt into this week’s game and play like we know we can.”
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Wasps team to face Bath Rugby at Ricoh Arena on Saturday 20 October (kick-off 3:15pm)
15 Willie Le Roux
14 Josh Bassett
13 Juan de Jongh
12 Michael Le Bourgeois
11 Elliot Daly (C)
10 Lima Sopoaga
9 Joe Simpson
1 Zurabi Zhvania
2 Tommy Taylor
3 Kieran Brookes
4 Will Rowlands
5 James Gaskell
6 Brad Shields
7 Thomas Young
8 Nizaam Carr
16 Tom Cruse
17 Ben Harris
18 Will Stuart
19 Kearnan Myall
20 Ashley Johnson
21 Craig Hampson
22 Billy Searle
23 Rob Miller