Three games take place in the LV= Cup on Sunday with Leicester versus Sale Sharks seeing the return to action of Dan Cole.
Three games take place in the LV= Cup on Sunday with Leicester versus Sale Sharks seeing the return to action of England tighthead prop Dan Cole.
Wasps vs London Irish
Wasps’ XV once again sees a mixture of experienced first team players alongside a handful of up-and-coming academy talent.
They are boosted by the arrival of Chris Bell in the centres and Guy Thompson at number eight. Edd Shervington also gets a start this weekend, having made his return from injury last weekend.
On the bench there are a host of familiar names ready to make their impact. Ashley Johnson once again covers the hooker spot and he is joined by John Yapp, Jake Cooper-Woolley, James Gaskell, Nathan Hughes, Joe Simpson, Elliot Daly and Sailosi Tagicakibau, who all take bench spots.
Ahead of the game, Dai Young said “We were disappointed not to come away from the AJ Bell Stadium with a win last weekend and this Sunday’s game gives us a great opportunity to go back into the next block of Premiership fixtures with a bit of a spring in our step.
“We have made a select few changes to last weekend’s starting side but the bench has been significantly bolstered, with a number of regular starters ready to make themselves known as replacements.”
Meanwhile, senior academy player Ollie Curry has been handed his senior starting debut for London Irish this weekend when the squad travel to Adams Park.
Curry, who came off the bench for his debut last weekend, is joined by Conor Gilsenan and Jimmy Stevens in the back row.
The second row partnership of Dave Lyons and Kieran Low remains and Matt Parr, Mike Mayhew and Leo Halavatau pack down in the front row.
Darren Allinson starts at scrum-half with Myles Dorrian at ten in an unchanged half-back partnership. Eoin Griffin is joined by Guy Armitage in the centre with Tom Fowlie and Cam Cowell on the wings.
Cam Cowell is the second senior Academy player in the starting line-up, keeping his shirt following an impressive debut last week. Topsy Ojo captains the side from full-back.
Tom Smallbone, Ross Neal and Connor Murphy from the senior Academy are on the bench, hoping to build on their senior debuts last week, alongside fellow senior academy member Theo Vukasinovic. Toby Salmon, who joins on a short-term loan, is also among the replacements.
London Irish Director of Rugby Brian Smith said: “Sunday’s game with Wasps offers another chance to rotate our squad and continue to develop our Academy players and coaches. I thought all the Academy players performed well last weekend and they will get another chance to impress on Sunday.
“Finally we would like to wish our five international players Dan, Ofisa, Jebb, Geoff and Blair the best of luck for their respective nations over the weekend.”
Wasps: 15 Piers O’Conor, 14 Will Helu, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Chris Bell (c), 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Alex Lozowski, 9 Tom Bliss, 8 Guy Thompson, 7 Thomas Young, 6 Buster Lawrence, 5 Will Rowlands, 4 James Cannon, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 Edd Shervington, 1 Simon McIntyre
Replacements: 16 Ashley Johnson, 17 John Yapp, 18 Jake Cooper-Woolley, 19 James Gaskell, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Elliot Daly, 23 Sailosi Tagicakibau
London Irish: 15 Topsy Ojo (c), 14 Cameron Cowell, 13 Guy Armitage, 12 Eoin Griffin, 11 Tom Fowlie, 10 Myles Dorrian, 9 Darren Allinson, 8 Conor Gilsenan, 7 Jimmy Stevens, 6 Ollie Curry, 5 Dave Lyons, 4 Kieran Low, 3 Leo Halavatau, 2 Mike Mayhew, 1 Matt Parr
Replacements: 16 Richard Palframan, 17 Tom Smallbone, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Toby Salmon, 20 Theo Vukasinovic, 21 Connor Murphy, 22 Ross Neal, 23 James Short
Kick-off: 14:00 GMT
Venue: Adams Park
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant referees: Paul Burton (England), Paul Dix (England)
Timekeeper: Laurie Bryant (England)
Assessor: Gary Welsh (England)
London Welsh vs Gloucester
London Welsh make nine changes for Sunday’s LV= Cup clash with Gloucester at the Kassam Stadium.
The Exiles made a losing start to their LV= Cup campaign last weekend, going down to a 47-7 defeat at Bath, while Gloucester lost 28-27 at Exeter Chiefs.
In the backs, Alan Awcock is named at full-back while Seb Stegmann comes back into the side on the right wing. Will Robinson makes his first start of the season at fly-half with Paul Rowley named at scrum-half.
In the forwards, Shane Cahill, Koree Britton and Jack Gilding make up a new look front-row while Dean Schofield comes into the second-row. Peter Browne replaces namesake Daniel at blindside flanker.
“It was very pleasing to see the way young Will Robinson came off the bench down in Bath and made an immediate impact, so he’s been rewarded with his first start of the season on Sunday,” said London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell.
“Young Jesse Liston is another for whom Sunday is a well-deserved opportunity. He impressed playing for Crawshay’s in the week – we had great feedback on him – so he’s also been rewarded with a place on the bench.
“It’s also good to have Alan Awcock back and contesting the number 15 jersey, after the injury he picked up in Lyon. He impressed in that game and Sunday is another good opportunity for him to show what he can do.
“We’re once again taking this weekend to look at different combinations within the squad. We’re back at home at the Kassam Stadium and getting a performance is the vital thing for us on Sunday.”
Meanwhile, with a number of players away on international duty and a short turnaround next week, Gloucester name a young side.
Aled Thomas will captain the side from fly-half and he is joined at half-back by Callum Braley, who will make his first start after a summer move from Bristol.
Gareth Evans continues his return to full fitness as he again lines up at number eight with Dan Thomas and Lewis Ludlow completing the back-row.
Academy hooker Luke Cole makes his full debut for the Cherry and Whites in the front row, with Yann Thomas and Shaun Knight continuing at prop.
Second-row Tom Hicks makes his first start of the season alongside Elliott Stooke, with flyer Steph Reynolds also in line to make his first appearance of the campaign.
The team is led this week by Nick Walshe, and he has plenty of youthful potential at his disposal amongst the replacements with Will Goodrick-Clarke, Jack Spencer, Will Safe and Harry Bassett all experiencing their first involvement in the first team squad.
London Welsh: 15 Alan Awcock, 14 Seb Stegmann, 13 Nic Reynolds, 12 Tom May (c), 11 Nick Scott, 10 Will Robinson, 9 Paul Rowley, 8 Ben Pienaar, 7 Nathan Vella, 6 Peter Browne, 5 James Down, 4 Dean Schofield, 3 Jack Gilding, 2 Koree Britton, 1 Shane Cahill.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Morris, 17 Taione Vea, 18 Ben Cooper, 19 Matt Corker, 20 Jesse Liston, 21 Rob Lewis, 22 Gordon Ross, 23 Rhys Crane.