Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his team to take on Newcastle Falcons at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, 2.30pm KO.
In the backline, there are returns to the starting line-up for Frank Halai and Rob Miller, while Joe Simpson and Jimmy Gopperth form the half-back pairing.
Gopperth is given an opportunity to start in his favoured position at 10, having already excelled at inside centre and full back this season. After an impressive start to the season, Cipriani is given a well-deserved breather on the bench.
Coming back into the starting line-up after impressing as replacements last weekend are Marty Moore, Kearnan Myall and Guy Thompson, while Thomas Young is ruled out with the chest injury picked up against Toulouse.
Ashley Johnson reverts to hooker from the backrow, with Alex Rieder starting on the blindside flank.
Ahead of the game against the Falcons, Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young recalled how tight last season’s fixture was between the two sides at the Ricoh Arena, saying, “To be honest, we got out of jail when we played them at the Ricoh Arena last season. Thankfully for us, they sliced a kick, otherwise they would have gone away with the win.
“Newcastle are a physical team who are very confrontational in the way they play the game. They’ve also expanded their game and play a lot of wide, attacking rugby, with real threats within their team and a good balance of power and pace, as well as a bit of flair. We’re under no illusion how tough a prospect the Falcons will be on Sunday. We’ll need to match last weekend’s intensity and be at our best if we’re to get the result we want.”
Tickets are available from £15, while under 10s go free
It’s a Halloween theme in the Wasps Nest Fan Village in the Ericsson Exhibition Hall, with on the spot prizes for best fancy dress.
The Fan Village will host a range of family friendly activities including:
• A Giant Inflatable Rugby Pitch
• The WIZ (Wasps Interactive Zone) – test yourself against members of the Wasps squad!
• Kick 4 Goal challenge
• Wasps Netball Day
• Face Painting
• Player signing post match
• Wasps Carvery & Food and drink kiosks
Wasps team to face Newcastle Falcons in Round 7 of Aviva Premiership Rugby
15. Rob Miller
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Kyle Eastmond
10. Jimmy Gopperth
9. Joe Simpson
1. Matt Mullan
2. Ashley Johnson
3. Marty Moore
4. Joe Launchbury (C)
5. Kearnan Myall
6. Alex Rieder
7. Guy Thompson
8. Nathan Hughes
16. Tom Cruse
17. Tom Bristow
18. Jake Cooper-Woolley
19. Matt Symons
20. James Gaskell
21. Dan Robson
22. Danny Cipriani
23. Alapati Leiua
The following players are unavailable for selection:
Forwards: James Haskell (toe), Sam Jones (broken leg & ankle ligaments), Alex Lundberg (ankle), Simon McIntyre (ankle), Tommy Taylor (neck), Thomas Young (chest)
Backs: Kurtley Beale (knee)
To arrive February: Willie Le Roux