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England duo back to take on Bath Rugby

Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to face Bath Rugby this Sunday at the Ricoh Arena, in round three of the European Champions Cup, kick off 17:15.

Wasps are boosted by the returns of England internationals James Haskell and Joe Launchbury who missed out last weekend through injury.
 
There are also three personnel changes in the backline, with Joe Simpson, Ruaridh Jackson and Rob Miller all handed starting shirts. Frank Halai is ruled out with injury, which sees Charles Piutau move to the wing and Rob Miller return at fullback.
 
Wasps face Bath Rugby for the second of four scheduled fixtures against the West-Country side this season. While Wasps edged the first meeting, towards the beginning of the season, Director of Rugby Dai Young knows previous encounters mean nothing.
 
“Last week reminded us that no matter what games you’ve won or how intense the games have been, you have to keep your foot on the pedal week-in-week-out, otherwise you are going to come unstuck.
 
“The good thing about rugby is you have an opportunity to put things right very quickly. Bath are a side with strong European pedigree, and whether we play them in the league or in Europe, we know how strong they can be and we know we’re going to have to be somewhere near our best if we are to get the result.
 
“In contrast to our last game against Bath, both teams have their World Cup internationals back and we all know the last result counts for nothing. It’s all about who performs best on Sunday.”
 
The Rouge-themed Christmas parties at the Ricoh Arena with fairground  rides, including dodgems, will be available for rugby supporters to hop aboard free of charge, so there’s lots to look forward to for the whole family when the Fan Village opens at 13:30.
 
Tickets for the game are available from £15 for adults and under-10s in some categories go free. To buy your tickets now, simply log on to our ticketing page, visit us at the Ricoh Arena Ticket Office, call us direct on 02476 786 411.
 
Wasps team to play Bath Rugby:
15. Rob Miller
14. Sailosi Tagicakibau
13. Elliot Daly
12. Ben Jacobs
11. Charles Piutau
10. Ruaridh Jackson
9. Joe Simpson
 
1. Matt Mullan
2. Ashley Johnson
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Bradley Davies
6. James Haskell (c)
7. George Smith
8. Nathan Hughes
 
16. Edd Shervington
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Lorenzo Cittadini
19. James Gaskell
20. Sam Jones
21. Dan Robson
22. Jimmy Gopperth
23. Alapati Leiua
 

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