Fixtures - Top Bar

Wasps’ team to play Harlequins

MMullan-Wasps-2602

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his team to take on Harlequins on Sunday in the battle of third and fourth place in the Aviva Premiership, kick off 3.15pm.

Matt Mullan returns to fitness to captain the side. Elsewhere in the pack, James Cannon starts in the second row, with Bradley Davies retained by Wales for their game against France, and Carlo Festuccia starts at hooker with Ashley Johnson providing reinforcement from the bench.

There are two personnel changes in the backline. Rob Miller lines up at fullback, with Charles Piutau moving to 13 in place of Elliot Daly who is named in England’s 23-man squad to play Ireland. Jimmy Gopperth returns at 10 and Ruaridh Jackson is named as a replacement.

Ahead of the game, which sees third-placed Wasps take on fourth-placed Harlequins, Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: "Wasps and Quins’ fixtures always seem to bring out the best rugby in both teams, producing exciting and often nail-biting matches. They are traditionally tight games, which could go either way, and I don’t expect any different this weekend.

"We are two teams who want to play expansive, ball-in-hand rugby, so I’m sure both defences will be tested on Sunday. In terms of the set piece, both teams will also be looking to get dominance and that will be a real focal point for both sides.

"We’re pleased with the momentum and confidence we’ve been building in recent weeks and we know we need to keep that momentum going. We’ve enjoyed some big wins and have some good performances behind us away from home, but we’ve also had some narrow wins after two sub-standard performances at home, so the message this week has been that we need to produce a good home performance for our supporters. We’re very lucky to have received such fantastic support at the Ricoh Arena where our fans always get right behind us and we want to repay that support."

Tickets for Sunday’s clash between third and fourth are still available to purchase online here

Fiji Disaster Appeal collection
During Sunday’s match against Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena, Wasps will be holding a collection for the Fiji Disaster Appeal. A number of Wasps’ players have family and friends back home in the Pacific Islands who have been affected by Cyclone Winston, with the appeal particularly close to the heart of Wasps’ no 8 Nathan Hughes, who was born and raised in Fiji and whose uncle lost much of his house during the events of last weekend. For more information about the appeal and the Wasps’ collection click here

Wasps’ Team to play Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday

15. Rob Miller
14. Christian Wade
13. Charles Piutau
12. Siale Piutau
11. Frank Halai
10. Jimmy Gopperth
9. Dan Robson

1. Matt Mullan ©
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. James Cannon
5. Kearnan Myall
6. Thomas Young
7. George Smith
8. Nathan Hughes
 
Replacements
16. Ashley Johnson
17. Tom Bristow
18. Phil Swainston
19. Will Rowlands
20. Alex Rieder
21. Jamie Stevenson
22. Ruaridh Jackson
23. Brendan Macken

Latest News

Aviva Premiership Rugby European Round-up: Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Wasps, Worcester Warriors

Dai Young hailed his side’s spirit after Wasps fought back to secure a dramatic 17-14 European Cup victory over Toulouse…

(Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Young referees get recognition at packed Franklin’s Gardens

Young referees from the East Midlands were centre stage at Franklin’s Gardens at the start of the New Year, as…

Northampton Saints referees

Bath Rugby contract extensions for front row duo

Bath Rugby is delighted to announce that hooker Ross Batty and prop Max Lahiff have signed contract extensions that will…

Ross Batty

New Laws film as part of Ricoh Rugby Change Series

Global technology company, Ricoh has today launched the third video in their Rugby Change Series. The latest video, Laws, focuses…

New Laws Film

Challenge Cup – Benetton Treviso v Gloucester Rugby: kick-off delayed

The kick-off of today's Challenge Cup, Round 5 match between Benetton Treviso and Gloucester Rugby has been delayed until 17.00…

Aviva Premiership Rugby European Round-up: Bath Rugby, Bristol Rugby and Newcastle Falcons

Todd Blackadder attributed Bath Rugby’s 57-22 victory over league rivals Bristol Rugby to entering the game with exactly the right…

semesarokodoguni17sb1111

Rugby clubs benefit from the Aviva Community Fund

Premiership Rugby is this season immensely proud to have helped raise awareness of the Aviva Community Fund, which offers support…

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Brad Barritt, Captain of Saracens, holds the Aviva Premiership Trophy, as the twelve Captains form a heart shape at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Season Launch at Twickenham Stadium on August 25, 2016 in London. The heart shape symbolises the Aviva Community Fund initiative which launches on 13 September 2016. The initiative lends a helping hand to local communities, including grassroots sports clubs, by offering funding of up to £25,000. during the Aviva Premiership Rugby 2016-2017 Season Launch at Twickenham Stadium on August 25, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Aviva)

Jonny May excited by free-scoring Gloucester Rugby’s potential

Gloucester Rugby flyer Jonny May admits the Cherry & Whites side that humbled Worcester Warriors last weekend in Aviva Premiership…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Charlie Walker raring to go for Harlequins’ crucial Edinburgh clash

Charlie Walker admits that every week feels like a must-win game for Harlequins but insists the team are raring to…

Charlie Walker has made two Aviva Premiership Rugby so far this season

Edinburgh 2017 finals kick-off times and key 2017/18 dates

With contenders for European silverware set to emerge from another tension-packed conclusion to the pool stages over the next two…

championscup17sb1111

Nathan Catt looking for 80-minute performance from Bath Rugby

Nathan Catt admits Bath Rugby have got to focus on executing for the full 80 minutes this weekend against Bristol…

nathancatt17sb1111

Tusi Pisi returns for Bristol Rugby

Tusi Pisi returns from a two-week suspension to start when Bristol host Bath in the European Challenge Cup on Friday…

Tusi Pisi returns for Bristol Rugby for their West Country Derby with Bath Rugby

Northampton Saints team news for Castres clash

The Northampton Saints team has been announced for Saturday’s European Rugby Champions Cup clash with Castres (KO 1pm). The Saints…

666710651_tm_0587_58cf7d2591f77d16702582da3f6d26d0.jpg

Tait returns for Leicester Tigers’ clash with Racing 92

Mathew Tait returns from injury to join the Leicester Tigers line-up for the European Champions Cup fixture against Racing 92…

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Tigers player Matthew Tait in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Bath Rugby at Welford Road on September 25, 2016 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Concussion Management Review Group convened

A Concussion Management Review Group panel will convene to examine an incident in the 30th minute of the Aviva Premiership…

Concussion Management Review Group convened

Worcester Warriors name side to face Brive

Joe Taufete'e will make his Club debut when Warriors travel to Stade Amedee-Domenech to take on Brive in the penultimate…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Sale Sharks name side to face Toulon

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on RC Toulon on Sunday at the Stade Mayol in the European…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Exeter Chiefs Side To Face Ulster

Matters in the Aviva Premiership may take a step back for the next month, but for Exeter Chiefs head coach…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Wasps team to play Toulouse at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his squad to take on Toulouse at the Ricoh Arena this Saturday, in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Gloucester Rugby make two changes for trip to Treviso

Gloucester Rugby return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action away at Benetton Treviso on Saturday, and make just two changes…

BARNET, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  James Hook of Gloucester Rugby kicks a conversion during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Gloucester Rugby at Allianz Park on November 27, 2016 in Barnet, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)