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Wasps team to play Northampton Saints on Saturday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his Wasps side to travel to Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday, to take on Northampton Saints.

After a six-year sabbatical, Danny Cipriani is set to make his 100th appearance for Wasps.

James Gaskell again skippers the side and there are returns to the starting line-up for Matt Mullan, Sam Jones, Nathan Hughes and Josh Bassett.

Frank Halai misses out through a hamstring niggle, but there are returns from injury for Dan Robson and Marty Moore, who are primed to make an impact from the bench. Also among the match day 23, ready to make his Aviva Premiership debut, is Nick De Luca who featured prominently for Wasps during the Singha 7s and pre-season.

Ahead of the trip to Midlands neighbours Northampton, Young knows Wasps will need to up their game again at Franklin’s Gardens, against a Saints side who have also made a strong start to the season.

“It’s been a good start to the Aviva Premiership for us,” he said, “but it’s important for us to keep our feet on the ground as well. We haven’t had an 80-minute performance yet this season that we’ve been totally satisfied with. We’re pleased with a lot of facets of our game, but there are still areas we need to improve.

“We’re going into a different challenge again this weekend and we know we need to step up our level of performance again, to put ourselves in a position to get a result against a quality Saints side at Franklin’s Gardens.

“Northampton have certainly recruited well and they will be as physical as ever. They always have a very good scrum and their driving lineout is right up there again. They will always look to take you on at the set-piece and with the physical ball carriers they have, the battle of the gain line with or without the ball, will be huge. We will need to meet that physicality head on.”

Wasps team to play Northampton Saints

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

1. Matt Mullan
2. Tommy Taylor
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Matt Symons
5. James Gaskell ©
6. Sam Jones
7. Guy Thompson
8. Nathan Hughes

Replacements
16. Ashley Johnson
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Marty Moore
19. Kearnan Myall
20. Thomas Young
21. Dan Robson
22. Kyle Eastmond
23. Nick De Luca

Unavailable for selection through injury:
Forwards – James Haskell, Joe Launchbury,
Backs –Kurtley Beale, Alapati Leiua, Brendan Macken, Frank Halai

Willie Le Roux – to arrive February from Cannon Eagles, Japan.

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