Director of Rugby Dai Young has named the Wasps team to take on Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Saturday, kick off 3pm.
There’s a welcome return to fitness, following a four-month injury lay-off, for Thomas Young who starts at openside. Guy Thompson moves from 7 to 8 and Sam Jones again runs out on the blindside flank.
Packing down in front of them will be Wasps captain Joe Launchbury and new signing Matt Symons, who earns promotion to the starting line-up having featured among the replacements last Sunday. James Gaskell provides another second row option on a strong-looking bench.
In the front row, loosehead Simon McIntyre and new tighthead Marty Moore both start having impressed off the bench against Exeter. Jake Cooper- Woolley returns to fitness to take a place among the replacements, while Phil Swainston misses out through injury.
There’s only one change to Wasps’ backline against the Chiefs – Joe Simpson starts at scrum half with Craig Hampson providing cover. Dan Robson has tweaked his calf and is therefore unavailable for selection this Saturday.
Ahead of the trip to Welford Road, Dai Young said: “It’s obviously been good to train on the back of a win this week, but there’s still been plenty to work on. Our second half performance was far better than our first half last Sunday, and we managed to get ourselves over the line, but we know we’ll need to step up again if we’re to be in with a chance of getting the result we want against the Tigers.
“Everyone saw what Leicester are capable of last weekend, when they came back to win that game against Gloucester. We all know about the Tigers’ spirit and their never-say-die attitude. They’re never beaten until the final whistle and we saw that again from them last week. For us, the focus is on trying to back up last weekend’s performance, at a difficult place in Welford Road.”
Wasps team to play Leicester Tigers on Saturday
15. Rob Miller
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Jimmy Gopperth
11. Josh Bassett
10. Danny Cipriani
9. Joe Simpson
1. Simon McIntyre
2. Tommy Taylor
3. Marty Moore
4. Joe Launchbury ©
5. Matt Symons
6. Sam Jones
7. Thomas Young
8. Guy Thompson
16. Ashley Johnson
17. Matt Mullan
18. Jake–Cooper Woolley
19. James Gaskell
20. Nathan Hughes
21. Craig Hampson
22. Brendan Macken
23. Frank Halai
Unavailable for selection through injury:
Forwards – Phil Swainston, James Haskell
Backs – Dan Robson, Guy Armitage, Kurtley Beale, Kyle Eastmond, Alapati Leiua
Willie Le Roux – to arrive in February from Cannon Eagles, Japan.