19th May, 2022

RUGBY UNION - Wasps name team to face Northampton

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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