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Teams Up Early
Discussion started by anderm , 09 October, 2019 12:35
Teams Up Early
anderm 09 October, 2019 12:35
15 Rob Miller (105)

14 Marcus Watson (31)

13 Malakai Fekitoa (0)

12 Juan de Jongh (50)

11 Josh Bassett (106)

10 Billy Searle (14)

9 Dan Robson (C) (97)

1 Zurabi Zhvania (25)

2 Tom Cruse (64)

3 Kieran Brookes (20)

4 Tim Cardall (5)

5 Charlie Matthews (16)

6 Brad Shields (16)

7 Jack Willis (38)

8 Sione Vailanu (3)


16 Tommy Taylor (50)

17 Ben Harris (46)

18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen (2)

19 Theo Vukasinovic (1)

20 Nizaam Carr (39)

21 Sam Wolstenholme (3)

22 Lima Sopoaga (25)

23 Michael Le Bourgeois (17)

New Zealand World Cup-winner Malakai Fekitoa is set to make his Wasps debut on Saturday as Wasps take on Worcester Warriors in Round 4 of the Premiership Rugby Cup at Ricoh Arena (kick-off 3pm).

Both Wasps and Worcester are still in the hunt for a semi-final place in the competition but either side require a win in their Derby Day fixture and will have to hope other results go their way if they are to make the knockout stages.

Fekitoa will link up with Juan de Jongh in the Wasps midfield, while skipper Dan Robson returns to the starting line-up at scrum-half alongside Billy Searle at stand-off, who makes his first start since February.

Josh Bassett and Marcus Watson are restored to the side, starting on the wings, with Rob Miller at full-back.

In the pack, Georgia international Zurabi Zhvania lines up next to Tom Cruse and Kieran Brookes in the front-row, with Tim Cardall partnering Charlie Matthews in the second-row.

England’s Brad Shields starts in the back-row alongside Jack Willis and Tonga international Sione Vailanu.

Fekitoa’s fellow All Black Lima Sopoaga is also set for his first appearance of the season, after recovering from injury to be named among the replacements.

Internationals Tommy Taylor, Jeff Toomaga-Allen and Nizaam Carr are also named on the Wasps bench.

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “One of the priorities of this competition was to give everybody an opportunity and we’ve achieved that. Everybody that’s been available has played and it’s allowed us to look at different combinations.

“The first performance was poor against Saracens but the last two have been a lot better. Both games were close and could’ve gone either way and we’ve been very competitive in both.

“Some boys have put their hands up and hopefully now we can finish off with a win this weekend and that’ll take us where it takes us.”

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/10/2019 12:36 by anderm.

Re: Teams Up Early
steve from cov 09 October, 2019 16:48

That looks a good squad even without Joe, Thomas Young, James Gaskell, Will Rowlands etc.

Bring on Saturday.

Re: Teams Up Early
Matt82 09 October, 2019 17:51
A bit concerned nothing been mentioned on Gaskell or Tom Willis. Surprised Flament and Kibirige not covering on the bench and think Umaga probably deserves to be ahead of Booj. Looking forward to seeing Fekitoa!

Re: Teams Up Early
Heathen 09 October, 2019 20:27
Some players getting a first run out or first start. Good side though. Will be very disappointed if we do not get the W this week.

Re: Teams Up Early
AKWasp 10 October, 2019 09:07
Don’t think the squad is entirely based on performance, Umaga has had lots of game time and probably deserves a week off to avoid injury- Booj and Searle less so and therefore need to get up to fitness.

Really glad to see JdJ at 12 with Fekitoa. JdJ was our best back last year and doesn’t deserve to be out of the XV.

Excited for what that back line can do this season (with Lima at 10)

Re: Teams Up Early
Matt82 11 October, 2019 05:33
How close do people think that will be to the side that plays next week?

Re: Teams Up Early
Heathen 11 October, 2019 12:50
Wuss team :

15 Chris Pennell
14 Perry Humphreys
13 Ollie Lawrence
12 Ryan Mills
11 Melani Nanai

10 Duncan Weir
9 Francois Hougaard

1 Ethan Waller
2 Niall Annett
3 Conor Carey
4 Anton Bresler
5 Andrew Kitchener
6 Ted Hill
7 Marco Mama
8 GJ Van Velze (C)


16 Isaac Mller
17 Callum Black
18 Richard Palframan
19 Graham Kitchener
20 Sam Lewis
21 Jono Kitto
22 Jono Lance
23 Tom Howe

Re: Teams Up Early
Shugs 11 October, 2019 19:44
How close do people think that will be to the side that plays next week?
Fairly close I think. I'd expect Sopoaga to start if fully fit and possibly Taylor. Probably Carr at eight as well. Not sure how far away Gaskell and Rowlands are?

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