27th Jun, 2022

RUGBY UNION - Four players in line to make 50th Premiership appearance when Wasps travel to Northampton

WASPS have made three personnel changes and one positional switch ahead of their clash with Northampton Saints this weekend.

Brad Shields returns from injury to captain the side in the absence of Joe Launchbury and is joined in the back row by the Willis brothers.

Jack Willis is one of four players making their 50th Premiership appearance against Saints with Tom West, Jacob Umaga and Nizaam Carr all set to reach the milestone at Franklin’s Gardens.

Umaga switches from full back to fly half, as he partners Dan Robson at half-back whilst Marcus Watson takes his place at 15 and is joined by Paolo Odogwu and Josh Bassett in the back three.

Tim Cardall starts in the second row, alongside Elliott Stooke whilst West forms the front row with Gabriel Oghre and Biyi Alo once again.

The centre partnership is unchanged from the defeat at Bristol Bears as Ryan Mills partners Sam Spink.

And Carr is joined on the bench by the returning Dan Frost, Robin Hislop and Vaea Fifita with Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Will Porter, Charlie Atkinson and Jimmy Gopperth the other replacements.

 

Wasps Starting XV

1 Tom West

2 Gabriel Oghre

3 Biyi Alo

4 Tim Cardall

5 Elliott Stooke

6 Brad Shields (C)

7 Jack Willis

8 Tom Willis

9 Dan Robson

10 Jacob Umaga

11 Josh Bassett

12 Ryan Mills

13 Sam Spink

14 Paolo Odogwu

15 Marcus Watson

 

Replacements 

16 Dan Frost

17 Robin Hislop

18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen

19 Vaea Fifita

20 Nizaam Carr

21 Will Porter

22 Charlie Atkinson

23 Jimmy Gopperth

 

Unavailable (8): Alfie Barbeary, Ali Crossdale, Tom Cruse, Malakai Fekitoa, James Gaskell, Joe Launchbury, Rodrigo Martinez and Thomas Young.

Wasps clash with Northampton takes place on Sunday, March 13 with kick-off at 3pm at Franklin’s Gardens.

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