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Wasps team to face Sale Sharks

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his squad to take on Sale Sharks in round nine of the Aviva Premiership, at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, kick off 2.30pm.

In the pack, Marty Moore starts in the front row where he’ll pack down alongside Tommy Taylor, who returns from England camp, and captain Matt Mullan.

The second row partnership of Matt Symons and Kearnan Myall remains unchanged, while in the back row both Ashley Johnson and Alex Rieder start, linking up with Thomas Young on the openside flank.

The backline sees two changes, with Joe Simpson starting in the nine shirt, alongside Danny Cipriani who is set to make his 150th Premiership appearance, and Frank Halai who starts on the left wing.

Ahead of Sunday’s game at the Ricoh Arena, Dai Young said: “Last Saturday was a kick in the backside, which hopefully the boys will react to. We’re an honest group and we know we will have to play much better against Sale Sharks this weekend, but I’m confident we can. The good thing about the Premiership is you have the opportunity to get back on the horse and put it right the following week.

“We know what Sale will bring and we’ve already seen first-hand how tough a side they are to beat, as they edged us 17-13 at the AJ Bell in the Anglo-Welsh Cup recently. They have a very solid set piece and a very strong driving game. We expect a big challenge from them up front and we know how physical a team they are.

“We’re back at home, where we have a record we’re proud of and want to defend, but we know this Sunday will be a real test for us. It’s a massive couple of weeks for us in the Aviva Premiership.”

Tickets are available from £15 and under 10s go free – wasps.co.uk/tickets

Wasps team to face Sale Sharks at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday 27th November, kick off 2.30pm.

15. Rob Miller
14. Christian Wade
13. Kyle Eastmond
12. Jimmy Gopperth
11. Frank Halai
10. Danny Cipriani
9. Joe Simpson

1. Matt Mullan (c)
2. Tommy Taylor
3. Marty Moore
4. Matt Symons
5. Kearnan Myall
6. Ashley Johnson
7. Thomas Young
8. Alex Rieder

16. Jack Willis
17. Tom Bristow
18. Phil Swainston
19. Will Rowlands
20. James Gaskell
21. Dan Robson
22. Alapati Leiua
23. Tom Howe

Unavailable for selection:
Elliot Daly, Joe Launchbury, Nathan Hughes (toe)

Injuries:
Forwards: Guy Thompson (rib), Tom Cruse (ankle), James Haskell – (toe), Sam Jones – (leg & ankle), Simon McIntyre – (ankle), Alex Lundberg- (ankle), Jake Cooper-Woolley – (knee)

Backs: Josh Bassett (knee), Kurtley Beale – (knee), Nick De Luca – following concussion protocols

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