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Wasps team to play Saracens at the Ricoh Arena

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his side to face Saracens at the Ricoh Arena this Saturday, in the final game of the regular Aviva Premiership season, kick off 4pm.

Over 30,000 are expected at the Ricoh Arena as Wasps and Saracens go head-to-head, with a home semi final up for grabs.

There are two changes in the backline, with Joe Simpson starting at scrum half and Danny Cipriani named at 10. Jimmy Gopperth switches to 12, Kurtley Beale to fullback and Willie Le Roux to the wing, with Josh Bassett moving to the bench.

After his late withdrawal last Friday through illness, Matt Symons returns to the second row alongside Joe Launchbury.

Jake Cooper-Woolley starts at tighthead and Nathan Hughes at number eight. Phil Swainston and Guy Thompson will be ready to make an impact from the bench, where there is also a welcome return for Ashley Johnson who returns to the matchday squad after being ruled out since early April with a knee injury.

Ahead of the final game of the regular season, Director of Rugby Dai Young said:

“These are the kinds of games players and coaches want to be involved in. It’s set to be a huge contest, top of the table against the reigning Premiership and European Champions, with a home semi final on the line and our record crowd for the season expected at the Ricoh Arena.

“To have over 30,000 on Saturday is a huge boost for the squad. Whenever we’ve needed our supporters they have been there and this weekend is set to be another of those occasions.

“The challenge doesn’t get any greater than Saracens who are used to these kinds of occasions. Traditionally Sarries’ game was built on a strong defence and strong set-piece, but they’ve expanded their game out of sight in the last couple of seasons and they’ve got quality players throughout all working hard for each other and they make very few mistakes.

“As much as we respect Saracens, we have plenty of strengths of our own and we have every confidence that we have the quality to beat any team on our day, if we produce the performance we know we’re capable of producing. We already have a semi-final to look forward to and a home semi-final is still in our own hands. It’s now about trusting our structures, playing our game and getting the performance right on Saturday.”

With over 30,000 expected, supporters are encouraged to use the print at home ticket option and to arrive at the stadium early to avoid delays.

Wasps team to play Saracens, Saturday 6 May kick off 4pm

15. Kurtley Beale
14. Christian Wade
13. Elliot Daly
12. Jimmy Gopperth
11. Willie Le Roux
10. Danny Cipriani
9. Joe Simpson

  1. Matt Mullan
    2. Tommy Taylor
    3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
    4. Joe Launchbury (c)
    5. Matt Symons
    6. James Haskell
    7. Thomas Young
    8. Nathan Hughes16. Ashley Johnson
    17. Simon McIntyre
    18. Phil Swainston
    19. Kearnan Myall
    20. Guy Thompson
    21. Dan Robson
    22. Alapati Leiua
    23. Josh Bassett

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