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Wasps team for Aviva Premiership Rugby Semi Final

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Wasps have named their team to take on Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park this Saturday, kick off 3.15pm, in the Aviva Premiership Semi Final.

It will be the club’s first Premiership Semi Final for eight years and the squad will look to draw on their experience from the European Semi Final a month ago, when they lost out to now European Champions, Saracens.

There are only two changes to the squad fielded by Wasps in that European Semi Final with Jake Cooper-Woolley returning from injury to take his place in the front row, alongside Carlo Festuccia and Matt Mullan.

The only other change comes on the bench, where Will Rowlands provides back up for the second row. Sam Jones is again back row replacement, while Thomas Young misses out through hamstring and shoulder injuries.

Ahead of the knock out match, Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: "The boys have trained really well since having a few days off after the rigours of Europe. They have trained with real energy and excitement this week and we’re all looking forward to the Premiership Semi Final.
 
"We are hugely respectful of Exeter and everything they’ve achieved. We’ve already played three times this season, so both sides know each other pretty well. Exeter are 2-1 up so far, so we know how many threats they have and the challenge ahead of us at Sandy Park. We’re underdogs going into this away game, but we’re comfortable with that and know we can cause any team problems on our day. We will have to be at our very best if we are to get the result we want, but I’m confident in our squad’s ability."
 
Wasps team to take on Exeter Chiefs on Saturday

15. Charles Piutau
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Siale Piutau
11. Frank Halai
10. Jimmy Gopperth
9. Dan Robson

1. Matt Mullan
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Bradley Davies
6. James Haskell (c)
7. George Smith
8. Nathan Hughes

Replacements
16. Ashley Johnson
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Lorenzo Cittadini
19. Will Rowlands
20. Sam Jones
21. Joe Simpson
22. Ruaridh Jackson
23. Rob Miller

Unavailable for selection through injury

Thomas Young – has been ruled out for up to 8 weeks following a double injury, sustained against London Irish on Saturday 7 May.  A scan revealed a partial tear of his hamstring tendon, while he also suffered a shoulder injury in the same game.
Kearnan Myall – is making good progress from his knee injury, but will not be fit in time for the Semi Final.
James Cannon – is making good progress from his neck injury, but will be ruled out for the rest of the season.
James Gaskell – is continuing his rehab from a foot injury, which unfortunately ruled him out for this season.
Alapati Leiua – is continuing his recovery from an ACL reconstruction.
Andrea Masi – continues his rehab for an Achilles injury.

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