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Wasps’ team to play Newcastle Falcons

Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his squad to take on Newcastle Falcons on Easter Sunday, in Round 18 of the Aviva Premiership.

England’s Grand Slam winners Joe Launchbury and Elliot Daly return to Wasps’ starting line-up, alongside Matt Mullan who skippers the side.
 
George Smith returns to the back row to join Sam Jones and Thomas Young, with Nathan Hughes ready to provide reinforcement from the bench.
 
In the backline Josh Bassett comes in on the left wing, while Elliot Daly and Siale Piutau form the centre partnership. Charles Piutau misses out through a hamstring injury.
 
Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “We’re pleased with the momentum we’ve been building but need to continue that this weekend if we are to maintain the strong position we currently hold in the table. Newcastle Falcons will be fighting for their lives and we are expecting another tough game at Kingston Park.
 
“We know how important the next two matches are in the Aviva Premiership, before we switch to Europe. They will have a huge bearing on where we finish in the league this season.
 
“Our goal has always been top six and I think we’ve got one foot in that top six now, but the next two weeks could determine whether we secure that goal and whether we can stay in the top four mix come the end of the season.
 
“It’s also Andy Goode’s farewell party this Sunday. Goodey’s a quality player and a fantastic character on and off the field. He’s done a great job for Newcastle in the short period of time he’s been there and he also did a great job moving us forward. From our point of view, hopefully this is one game he doesn’t finish with a smile on his face!” 
 
Wasps’ team to Newcastle Falcons

15. Rob Miller
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Siale Piutau
11. Josh Bassett
10. Jimmy Gopperth
9. Dan Robson
1. Matt Mullan ©
2. Ashley Johnson
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Kearnan Myall
6. Thomas Young 
7. George Smith
8. Sam Jones
 
Replacements
16. Carlo Festuccia
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Phil Swainston
19. James Cannon
20. Nathan Hughes
21. Craig Hampson
22. Ruaridh Jackson
23. Brendan Macken
  

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