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London Wasps name side as Heineken Cup action resumes

London Wasps name side as Heineken Cup action resumes

London Wasps have named their side to face Newport Gwent Dragons as European action resumes this weekend.

Tony Hanks’ men will travel to Cardiff City Stadium to face their fellow Pool 6 opponents after the Rodney Parade pitch was ruled out of play due to the recent weather conditions.

Only two changes are made to the starting line up that secured a 24-12 win over Exeter last weekend, as Samoan International prop Zak Taulafo and hooker Joe Ward are named. Taulafo trades places with Shaun Ruwers, who is named on the bench, whilst Ward returns from a concussion sustained against Bath in Round 9 of the Aviva Premiership. With Ward back in action, Tom Lindsay moves to the bench which is bolstered by the return of Richard Haughton. Haughton, who sustained a knee injury against Bath, is the final change to the side.

Going into this game, Wasps can reflect on a run of consistent form having secured four wins in as many weeks, however Hanks says that will count for nothing unless the performance on the pitch ensures a result.

“The last four weeks doesn’t mean anything unless we get the result on Sunday. Returning to the Heineken Cup we are aware of the challenge ahead and have only one focus – to secure the result through a strong performance. We are preparing for this game on its own merits and not concerning ourselves with games later in the pool stages. We are focused on what is in front of us now and that is a strong Newport Gwent Dragons side.

“We are pleased to see Joe Ward back to full fitness and particular praise must go to Richard Haughton who has worked hard to get back on the pitch. We had anticipated a much lengthier lay off but he has come through well and bolsters our line up.

“We are excited to play at a fairly new stadium for the first time and credit must go to ERC and Newport Gwent Dragons for acting quickly and relocating the game to prevent any major disruption to the teams and supporters.”

London Wasps team to face Newport Gwent Dragons:

15 Mark Van Gisbergen
14 Tom Varndell
13 Ben Jacobs (C)
12 Steve Kefu
11 David Lemi
10 Dave Walder
9 Joe Simpson
1 Zak Taulafo
2 Joe Ward
3 Ben Broster
4 Simon Shaw
5 James Cannon
6 Joe Worsley
7 Serge Betsen
8 Andy Powell

16 Tom Lindsay
17 Shaun Ruwers
18 Bob Baker
19 Marty Veale
20 Dan Ward-Smith
21 Nic Berry
22 Seb Jewell
23 Richard Haughton
 

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