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Wasps team to face Saracens at Allianz Park

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to face Saracens at Allianz Park this Sunday, kick off 3pm.

Club captain Joe Launchbury makes a welcome return to the matchday squad after time out with injury, taking a spot among the replacements. Jimmy Gopperth will be the fourth player to captain the side this season, as he takes on the duties until Launchbury enters the action.

The backline remains unchanged from last weekend, with Elliot Daly set to make his 100th Aviva Premiership appearance.

There are four personnel changes in the pack. In the front row, Simon McIntyre stars at loosehead with Matt Mullan moving to the bench, Tommy Taylor comes in at hooker with Ashley Johnson shifting to the back row. Marty Moore starts at tighthead, with Jake Cooper-Woolley named among the replacements. In the back row, Thomas Young starts at openside.

Alongside Joe Launchbury on the bench, there’s a place for Tom Cruse, who comes into the matchday 23 for the first time this season, in line for his club Premiership debut, as well as a spot for Alex Rieder.

Ahead of Wasps’ trip to Allianz Park to take on the champions, Young said:

“I’m really pleased with the start we’ve made and the exciting part is, I still think there’s more to come from the team – there are a few areas we need to improve on. We’re nowhere near the finished article and we’ve ridden our luck on occasions this season, like Northampton away, but I think we were better last weekend and deserved that win.

“This game on Sunday will be a massive test for us and will really show us how far we’ve come since the end of last season or how much work there is still to do. We played Sarries in the European Champions Cup Semi Final last season and they were worthy winners. We probably came second best in most departments. It will be interesting to see how much we’ve improved and whether we have closed that gap and whether we can really push them.”

Wasps team to face Saracens at Allianz Park, kick off 3pm

15. Rob Miller
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Jimmy Gopperth ©
11. Josh Bassett
10. Danny Cipriani
9. Dan Robson

1. Simon McIntyre
2. Tommy Taylor
3. Marty Moore
4. Matt Symons
5. Kearnan Myall
6. Ashley Johnson
7. Thomas Young
8. Nathan Hughes

16. Tom Cruse
17. Matt Mullan
18. Jake Cooper-Woolley
19. Joe Launchbury
20. Alex Rieder
21. Joe Simpson
22. Kyle Eastmond
23. Frank Halai

Unavailable for selection through injury:

Forwards: James Haskell, Sam Jones, Guy Thompson
Backs: Kurtley Beale

To arrive in February – Will Le Roux

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