RUGBY UNION - Wasps make six changes for Harlequins clash - The Coventry Observer

RUGBY UNION - Wasps make six changes for Harlequins clash

Coventry Editorial 19th Feb, 2022   0

WASPS have made six changes from the side that Bath last weekend as they prepare to face reigning Gallagher Premiership champions Harlequins.

Most notably, Jack Willis is named amongst the replacements for the first time since January 2021 having been ruled out for over a year with a knee injury.

And Tom Willis and Jacob Umaga also return to the side, as they start at number eight and full-back respectively.

Ryan Mills starts his first Wasps game since September 2020, having provided two try-assists off the bench against Bath last week and forms the centre partnership with Sam Spink.




Dan Robson captains the side from scrum-half, in the absence of Joe Launchbury who is away with England, with Robson and Charlie Atkinson forming the half-back pairing once more.

Joining Tom Willis in the back row are Ben Morris and Vaea Fifita, as Brad Shields misses out with a rib injury and Alfie Barbeary is in training camp with England.


Umaga is joined by Paolo Odogwu and Josh Bassett in the back three with James Gaskell and Elliott Stooke at lock and Tom West, Tom Cruse and Biyi Alo in the front row.

On the bench, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen is in line to make his 50th Premiership appearance and Nizaam Carr also returns to the squad.

They are joined by Gabriel Oghre, Robin Hislop, Jack Willis, Will Porter, Jimmy Gopperth and Marcus Watson as the other replacements.

 

Wasps Starting XV

1 Tom West

2 Tom Cruse

3 Biyi Alo

4 James Gaskell

5 Elliott Stooke

6 Vaea Fifita

7 Ben Morris

8 Tom Willis

9 Dan Robson (C)

10 Charlie Atkinson

11 Josh Bassett

12 Ryan Mills

13 Sam Spink

14 Paolo Odogwu

15 Jacob Umaga

 

Replacements 

16 Gabriel Oghre

17 Robin Hislop

18 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen

19 Nizaam Carr

20 Jack Willis

21 Will Porter

22 Jimmy Gopperth

23 Marcus Watson

 

Unavailable (10): Alfie Barbeary, Malakai Fekitoa, Dan Frost, Francois Hougaard, Zach Kibirige, Joe Launchbury, Rodrigo Martinez, Matteo Minozzi, Brad Shields and Thomas Young.

Wasps clash with Harlequins takes place today (Saturday, February 19) with kick-off at 3pm at Twickenham Stoop.

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