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Howley leads Wasps in Zurich Challenge

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The scrum-half leads a side containing five of their new off-season signings – Tom Voyce, Tim Payne, Ian Clarke, Jonny O'Connor and Peter Richards – as well as three of last season's Under-21 players – Martin Purdy, Tom French and George Skivington.

There is also a welcome return for Winger Shane Rosier, who missed the majority of last season through injury.

But missing from the squad is prop Craig Dowd, the former All Black having arranged leave before the game was scheduled. Former Ireland Under-21 prop Sean Phillips thus deputises on the tighthead.

The match – the first annual showdown between the English and French Champions – will be staged at Wasps' home ground, the Causeway Stadium (formerly Adams Park) and will thereafter alternate between England and France each year, with the game staged in the lead-up to the new domestic season in both countries.

The teams:

London Wasps: 15 Tom Voyce, 14 Shane Roiser, 13 Ayoola Erinle, 12 Mark Denney, 11 John Rudd, 10 Mark Van Gisbergen, 9 Rob Howley (captain), 8 Mark Lock, 7 Jonny O Connor, 6 Ian Clarke, 5 Richard Birkett, 4 Martin Purdy 3 Sean Phillips, 2 Phil Greening, 1 Tim Payne.Replacements: 16 Peter Richards, 17 Fraser Waters, 18 Jonny Barrett, 19 Tom French, 20 Paul Volley, 21 George Skivington, 22 Peter Scrivener.

Stade Francais (squad): Mathieu Blin, Guilain Mololo, Basthien Siepielski, Eric Michaud, Hervé Chaffardon, Régis Sigoire, Arnaud Marchois, Christophe Moni, Rémy Martin, Pierre Rabadan, Raphael Jechoux, Ian Vass, Mahé, David Skrela, Thomas Lombard, Knell, Franck Comba, Rivier, Thomas Mège, Artur Gomes, Morgan Souply, Foal, James Carroll.

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