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Wasps’ team to take on Saracens in the European Semi Final at the Madejski Stadium

Wasps’ team to take on Saracens in the European Semi Final at the Madejski Stadium

Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to take on Saracens in the European Champions Cup Semi Final at the Madejski Stadium this Saturday, 3pm kick off.

James Haskell will captain the side, nine years on from Wasps’ last European Champions Cup Semi Final, when the backrower made a try-scoring appearance as a substitute in Wasps’ win against Northampton Saints (2007).
There are two changes to the Wasps’ squad that beat Exeter Chiefs in the European Quarter Final. Lorenzo Cittadini packs down at tighthead, while Bradley Davies starts in the second row alongside Joe Launchbury, with Jake Cooper-Woolley and Kearnan Myall ruled out through injury. Phil Swainston and Sam Jones will be ready to provide reinforcement from the bench.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s European knockout match, Dai Young said: “The players know how big this game is, so there hasn’t been much that has needed to be said this week – we certainly don’t need any extra motivation. The players are excited and looking forward to it, as I’m sure are our Wasps’ fans and everyone associated with the club.
“This week, it has just been a matter of doing what we normally do, making sure preparation is good and that we are all clear on our roles and responsibilities. Saracens have probably been favourites for the title from the word go really. They are a quality team and have plenty of experience at this level, so we will have to be at our best on Saturday. If we achieve that and do play to the best of our ability, we know we can cause any team problems.
“Our Wasps fans’ have been incredible all season and hopefully they will turn out in force at the Madejski Stadium to support the players in the biggest game of our season so far. These European occasions don’t come around too often and should be savoured. It’s been a long wait to make the last four in Europe and we don’t want our European journey to end here.”
Wasps’ team to take on Saracens in the European Semi Final this Saturday

 15. Charles Piutau
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Siale Piutau
11. Frank Halai
10. Jimmy Gopperth
9. Dan Robson
1. Matt Mullan
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Lorenzo Cittadini
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Bradley Davies
6. James Haskell (c)
7. George Smith
8. Nathan Hughes
16. Ashley Johnson
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Phil Swainston
19. Sam Jones
20. Thomas Young
21. Joe Simpson
22. Ruaridh Jackson
23. Rob Miller
Ruled out through injury
Tom Bristow (calf), James Cannon (neck), Jake Cooper-Woolley (calf), Alapati Leiua (knee), James Gaskell (foot), Andrea Masi (Achilles), Kearnan Myall (knee), Alex Rieder (shoulder).

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