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Wasps team to face London Welsh

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Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to take on London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership at the Kassam Stadium this Sunday, kick off 14:30.

James Haskell captains the side, starting at six. Alongside him in the back row, Guy Thompson retains his place at number eight and Thomas Young is re-instated in the seven shirt. Ashley Johnson moves to the front row for his first start at hooker, after playing there a number of times this season from the bench.
 
Jake Cooper-Woolley is given a start at tight head, with Matt Mullan at loose head and James Cannon partnering James Gaskell in the second row. 
 
In the backline, after making his return as a replacement last weekend, Alapati Leiua starts in the centre, alongside Elliot Daly. Rob Miller is given a week's rest, with the versatile Andrea Masi starting at fullback. Sailosi Tagicakibau returns from injury to start on the wing, with Tom Varndell retaining his place on the other wing. Andy Goode returns to the starting line-up in the ten shirt, to form a familiar half back pairing with Joe Simpson.
 
Ahead of the game, Director of Rugby Dai Young said: "This Sunday is a potential banana skin for us. We know we have everything to lose going into the game and we have to be ready for it mentally. If we want to be a top six side we have to go to these places and win, but if you don't get it right mentally it's a game that could hurt you.
 
"We expect, and everyone else expects us to win. That's not being disrespectful; if you score 70-odd points at home you expect to be able to get the win away. In order to do that we have to get our processes right and finish the chances that we create.
 
"We have given Welsh the respect they deserve this week. We have looked at them and prepared for the game in exactly the same way that we would do against one of the top four sides. 
 
"There are a lot of connections between ourselves and London Welsh, with a lot of old players there and a Welsh coach, so I have no doubt that it will be a big game in their calendar and one that they have been looking forward to.
 
"We have four games left in the Aviva Premiership to make sure we are in the top six to have another crack at the European Champions Cup next season. That has been our target all season and now we have to finish the job, starting on Sunday.”
 
Wasps team to play London Welsh, Sunday 12 April, KO 14:30
 
15. Andrea Masi
14. Tom Varndell
13. Elliot Daly
12. Alapati Leiua
11. Sailosi Tagicakibau
10. Andy Goode
9. Joe Simpson
1. Matt Mullan
2. Ashley Johnson
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. James Cannon
5. James Gaskell
6. James Haskell (c)
7. Thomas Young
8. Guy Thompson
 
16. Carlo Festuccia
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Lorenzo Cittadini
19. Kearnan Myall
20. Sam Jones
21. Charlie Davies
22. Alex Lozowski
23. James Downey

 

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