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Wasps’ team to play Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park

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Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to play Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park in Round 21 of the Aviva Premiership this Sunday, 1 May, kick off 1pm.

There is only one change to the starting XV from last weekend’s European Semi Final, with Joe Simpson starting in the number nine shirt in place of Dan Robson, who is ruled out through the concussion injury sustained against Saracens last Saturday.

On the bench, Tom Bristow, Will Rowlands and Craig Hampson all get their chance among the replacements.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s match, with just two games of the regular Aviva Premiership season remaining and a home Semi Final up for grabs, Dai Young said:

"We worked so hard to make it to the Champions Cup Semi Finals and we were obviously disappointed for our European journey to end last week. That was the first experience of knock-out rugby at that level for a lot of these players. As this week has gone on, the players have reacted really well, focusing on the task in hand and putting all their energy into the Premiership fixture this weekend.

"Exeter Chiefs will have the benefit of having had a week off and I’m sure they will have a bit of a sting in their tail from losing to us in the European Quarter Final. They have been in pole position for second place in the league for most of the season and they will be determined to get themselves a home Semi Final.

"We have never won at Sandy Park so we know how difficult it will be. Both sides want to play rugby and, in front of a sell-out crowd, it should be a great occasion.

"Our supporters have been brilliant this season and to bring an Aviva Premiership Semi Final to the Ricoh Arena would be a good way for us to give something back to them. It’s a big challenge in front of us to be able to achieve that, but one we are all looking forward to."

Wasps team to play Exeter Chiefs on Sunday 1 May, kick off 1pm.

15. Charles Piutau
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Siale Piutau
11. Frank Halai
10. Jimmy Gopperth
9. Joe Simpson

1. Matt Mullan
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Lorenzo Cittadini
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Bradley Davies
6. James Haskell (c)
7. George Smith
8. Nathan Hughes

16. Ashley Johnson
17. Tom Bristow
18. Phil Swainston
19. Will Rowlands
20. Thomas Young
21. Craig Hampson
22. Ruaridh Jackson
23. Rob Miller

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