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Wasps team to play Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership Semi Final


Ashley Johnson

Dai Young has named his side to take on Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership semi final at the Ricoh Arena this Saturday, kick off 5.15pm.

There are only two changes to Wasps’ starting XV that won 35-15 against Saracens a fortnight ago.

Ashley Johnson and Phil Swainston start in the front row alongside Matt Mullan, with Tommy Taylor and Marty Moore returning to fitness to take a place on a strong bench where all replacements will be looking forward to making a big impact.

James Gaskell has also recovered from a calf injury to return to the match day squad, while Kearnan Myall is ruled out by a knee injury.

Ahead of the semi final showdown at the Ricoh Arena, where 30,000 are expected for the second game running, Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said:

“We are all really looking forward to the challenge and there has been a real excitement around the training camp this week in anticipation of the game and what’s at stake.

“I’m sure Leicester Tigers will look forward to coming to the Ricoh Arena and will be keen to upset the party. It will be a ferocious contest against a side that has reached the play-offs 13 years on the bounce. You have to applaud that consistency and quality to finish in the top four year-after-year.

“We’re learning to handle these big occasions better each time we play in them. We’ve put in a lot of hard graft throughout the season to reach this stage and we know there are no second chances on Saturday – it’s knock-out rugby.

“We love playing at the Ricoh Arena and the players thrive on the atmosphere created by our Wasps’ supporters. We really do feel it’s a responsibility for us to go out and play well to repay them. I’m sure there will be a lot of Tigers’ supporters as well, which will only add to the occasion.

“It has been a collective effort from the entire squad to get into the Aviva Premiership play-offs and I know every player taking the field on Saturday will give everything they have to do the squad and the club proud.”

Tickets for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership semi final against Leicester Tigers at the Ricoh Arena are still available from as little as £27 online at wasps.co.uk/tickets.

Supporters are encouraged to use the ‘Print at home’ feature when ordering tickets online at wasps.co.uk/tickets, to avoid queues at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

With another bumper crowd expected, please make sure you are in your seats 15 minutes before kick off to avoid congestion entering the stadium bowl.

Wasps team to play Leicester Tigers

15. Kurtley Beale
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Jimmy Gopperth
11. Willie Le Roux
10. Danny Cipriani
9. Joe Simpson

1. Matt Mullan
2. Ashley Johnson
3. Phil Swainston
4. Joe Launchbury (c)
5. Matt Symons
6. James Haskell
7. Thomas Young
8. Nathan Hughes

16. Tommy Taylor
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Marty Moore
19. James Gaskell
20. Guy Thompson
21. Dan Robson
22. Alapati Leiua
23. Josh Bassett

Unavailable through injury

Jake Cooper-Woolley (toe)
Kearnan Myall (knee)
Sam Jones (leg and ankle)
Kyle Eastmond (Achilles)
Carlo Festuccia (hand)
Alex Lundberg (ankle)
George Edgson (knee)

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