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Wasps team to play Saracens on Sunday

Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to take on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday 14 February at Allianz Park, 4pm kick off.

Elliot Daly starts at 13 having returned from England camp this week, while Wasps’ co-captain Matt Mullan will be ready to come off the bench to join the front row.

George Smith skippers the side and is joined in the back row by Nathan Hughes and Thomas Young.

The match represents a significant occasion for the Piutau brothers who will play their first game of professional rugby together. All Black Charles, 24, has returned to fitness to start at full back, while Tonga international Siale, 30, makes his first start for Wasps in the centre.
 
Ruaridh Jackson, back from Scotland duty, and Dan Robson form the half back combination, while Christian Wade and Josh Bassett provide the flying firepower on the wing.

In the pack, Simon McIntyre and Jake Cooper-Woolley again start in the front row while Ashley Johnson lines up at hooker and Carlo Festuccia is named among the replacements having recovered from injury. Kearnan Myall and James Cannon form the second row partnership.

There was disappointing news this week that lock James Gaskell will require surgery on a foot injury sustained against Newcastle Falcons last Saturday, which is likely to sideline him for the rest of the season.
 
Director of Rugby Dai Young said: "We just got over the line last weekend against Newcastle and know we will need to up our game this Saturday against the league leaders. Saracens are the form team not only in England but also in Europe, having only lost one game all season. They are really accurate and efficient in everything they do and excel at pressurising the opposition into making mistakes. It’s essential to match their accuracy and minimise errors.
 
"It doesn’t come any harder in the Aviva Premiership than playing at the home of the Premiership Champions, but we know on our day we can compete with the very best. This is the kind of challenge professional sportsmen crave and it’s up to us to prepare well physically and mentally to rise to that challenge."

Wasps team to play Saracens at Allianz Park on Sunday 14 February, 4pm Kick Off.

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

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