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Danny Cipriani to make 100th Wasps appearance at Northampton Saints

Steve Carpenter 23rd Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

DANNY Cipriani is set to make is 100th appearance for Wasps on Sunday as Dai Young’s side made the short trip to Franklin’s Gardens to take on Northampton Saints.

After a six-year sabbatical, Cipriani returned to Wasps this summer and he will be looking to make his mark again after scoring one of Wasps’ ten tries in a convincing 70-22 victory over Bristol last Sunday.

James Gaskell will again skipper the side and there are returns to the starting line-up for Matt Mullan, Sam Jones, Nathan Hughes and Josh Bassett.

Frank Halai misses out through a hamstring niggle, but there are also returns from injury for Dan Robson and Marty Moore, who are primed to make an impact from the bench.

Also among the match day 23, ready to make his Aviva Premiership debut, is Nick De Luca who featured prominently for Wasps during the Singha 7s and pre-season.

“It’s been a good start to the Aviva Premiership for us,” said Young. “But it’s important for us to keep our feet on the ground as well.

“We haven’t had an 80-minute performance yet this season that we’ve been totally satisfied with. We’re pleased with a lot of facets of our game, but there are still areas we need to improve.

“We’re going into a different challenge again this weekend and we know we need to step up our level of performance again, to put ourselves in a position to get a result against a quality Saints side at Franklin’s Gardens.

“Northampton have certainly recruited well and they will be as physical as ever. They always have a very good scrum and their driving lineout is right up there again.

“They will always look to take you on at the set-piece and with the physical ball carriers they have, the battle of the gain line with or without the ball, will be huge. We will need to meet that physicality head on.”