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Wasps’ squad to play Leicester Tigers at Welford Road

Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to travel to Welford Road on Sunday, to take on Leicester Tigers in Round 3 of the Aviva Premiership, kick off 3.15pm.

Young has already stressed the importance of the depth of squad this season, which sees a minimum of 28 games in succession.
 
Dan Robson is handed his first Premiership start for Wasps at scrum half, after Joe Simpson ran out in the 9 shirt for Wasps' first two games.
 
Kearnan Myall makes his first start of the season, alongside Joe Launchbury in the second row. Bradley Davies is set to provide reinforcement from the bench, having returned after a week off following Wales' Rugby World Cup campaign.
 
The front row and back-row remain unchanged from the starting line-up against Bath.
 
Ruaridh Jackson lines up at fullback in place of Rob Miller, who picked up a hamstring injury against Bath. Alex Lozowski provides cover for 10 and 15 on the bench.
 
After Ben Jacobs strained his knee last weekend, James Downey starts at inside centre, in a backline also featuring Elliot Daly, Christian Wade, Frank Halai and Jimmy Gopperth.
 
Dai Young said: "We were pleased to get the win at home last Saturday against Bath, but we also know, despite it being a pretty good performance, that we need to be more ruthless and clinical. We are still a work in progress and have a lot of improvements to make, but we feel we are moving in the right direction.
 
"Playing Leicester Tigers at Welford Road is one of the toughest challenges a Premiership side will face. Since I've been at Wasps, we haven't yet managed to sneak a win there and we're not alone in that. There aren't many teams that have won consistently at Welford Road. That's one of the reasons Leicester have been so successful over as many years as it's possible to remember.
 
"We know we're going to have to be somewhere near our best on Sunday if we are to get the result we want, but there is no reason why we can't be.  I'm confident that, if we play to our potential, we can go there and win, but we will need to perform at the top of our game.
 
 "There's an historic rivalry between Wasps and Leicester which has been at the heart of English rugby in years gone by. Obviously, Wasps have had a couple of lean years, but we're hoping to get back there. The supporters certainly have huge respect for each other, but you can definitely sense a rivalry between Wasps and Leicester which has been built on historic successes.”
 
Wasps team to play Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Sunday 1 November, KO 3.15pm

15. Ruaridh Jackson
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. James Downey  
11. Frank Halai
10. Jimmy Gopperth
9. Dan Robson

1. Matt Mullan
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Kearnan Myall 
6. James Haskell ©
7. George Smith
8. Nathan Hughes
 
16. Ashley Johnson
17. Tom Bristow
18. Lorenzo Cittadini
19. Bradley Davies
20. Guy Thompson
21. Joe Simpson
22. Alex Lozowski
23. Sailosi Tagicakibau
 
 
Unavailable for selection:
 
Rob Miller – picked up a hamstring injury against Bath last weekend, which will sideline the full back for approximately 3-4 weeks.
 
Ben Jacobs – sprained his knee against Bath, which has ruled out of contention this week.
 
Simon McIntyre – at the time of selection was undergoing return to play protocols following an HIA against Bath, and has now completed his first full training session.
 
Andrea Masi – is back at the club, working with the physios and S&C team during his recovery from a torn Achilles.
 
Alapati Leiua – is progressing well during rehab, following his ACL reconstruction over the summer, and is expected to return to training late November.
 
James Johnston – twisted his knee during training and is expected to return to training early next month.
 
Charles Piutau – will take part in his first training session with Wasps next week.

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