WASPS have made five changes to their squad for tomorrow’s Gallagher Premiership clash with Northampton Saints at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
Lee Blackett’s side were edged out be Newcastle Falcons last weekend after making a winning start to their Premiership campaign in Coventry against Bristol Bears.
Pieter Scholtz makes his Wasps debut at tighthead prop and plays in the front row with Tom Cruse and Ben Harris.
Zach Kibirige is set to make his 50th Wasps appearance on the right wing, Josh Bassett starts out on the left wing and Marcus Watson switches to fullback.
In the back row, Thomas Young is in line to make his first Premiership appearance this season after returning from injury and is joined by captain Brad Shields and Tom Willis.
Michael Le Bourgeois returns at inside centre with Sam Spink retaining his place at outside centre.
The men in black and gold are unchanged in the second row and at half-back with Elliott Stooke, Vaea Fifita, Dan Robson and Jacob Umaga all set to start.
Elswehere, Francois Hougaard could make his Wasps debut from the interchange bench with James Gaskell and Nizaam Caar included in the matchday squad for the first time this season.
Wasps starting XV
15 Marcus Watson
14 Zach Kibirige
13 Sam Spink
12 Michael Le Bourgeois
11 Josh Bassett
10 Jacob Umaga
9 Dan Robson
1 Ben Harris
2 Tom Cruse
3 Pieter Scholtz
4 Vaea Fifita
5 Elliott Stooke
6 Brad Shields (C)
7 Thomas Young
8 Tom Willis
16 Gabriel Oghre
17 Robin Hislop
18 Jeff Toomaga-Allen
19 James Gaskell
20 Nizaam Carr
21 Francois Hougaard
22 Jimmy Gopperth
23 Ali Crossdale
Unavailable due to injury: Charlie Atkinson, Alfie Barbeary, Malakai Fekitoa, Joe Launchbury, Rob Miller, Ryan Mills, Matteo Minozzi, Paolo Odogwu, Theo Vukasinovic, Jack Willis.
Sunday’s match between Wasps and Saints kicks-off at 3pm.
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