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Preview: London Wasps v London Irish

02nd March 2012 12:51

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London Irish have named a relatively unchanged team for Saturday's Aviva Premiership match against London Wasps at Adams Park.

Nick Kennedy will again captain the side from the second row with Canadian Jebb Sinclair coming into the back row.

"Although the result didn't go our way last Sunday, it was a fantastic contest, we put in a strong performance and we were focused," said London Irish head coach Toby Booth.

"We need to show the same intent tomorrow to come away with a result."

Meanwhile, injury-hit Wasps have made four changes to their team to take on for Saturday's derby hoping to avoid a tenth consecutive Aviva Premiership defeat.

Joe Simpson and Rob Webber return from the England squad and they replace Nic Berry and Tom Lindsay who drop to the bench.

Elsewhere tighthead Simon McIntyre replaces Ben Broster and Sam Jones starts at number eight in the absence of Billy Vunipola who is out with an injury.

"Despite being down in numbers with a lot of players out, we've had a good week on the training pitch and we're looking forward to another game at home in front of a very vocal Adams Park crowd," said Wasps coach Dai Young.

Form: London Wasps are the poorest team in Aviva Premiership Rugby on current form, picking up just three losing bonus points from their last six matches. Wasps have suffered five straight defeats in all competitions but have not lost six in succession since 2001. London Irish have won just one of their last seven encounters in all competitions: 23-15 at home to Gloucester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on 4 February. The Exiles' solitary away success since September was 34-14 at Racing-Metro in the European Cup on December 10. London Irish have won their last two encounters with Wasps but have not achieved a season's double over their London neighbours since 2001/02. Irish's only previous win at Adams Park came in April 2006.

The teams:

London Wasps: 15 Hugo Southwell (c), 14 Tom Prydie, 13 Elliot Daly, 12 Dom Waldouck, 11 Jack Wallace, 10 Nick Robinson, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Sam Jones, 7 Jonathan Poff, 6 Joe Launchbury, 5 Richard Birkett, 4 James Cannon, 3 Simon McIntyre, 2 Rob Webber, 1 Tim Payne.
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Zak Taulafo, 18 Ben Broster, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Tinus Du Plessis, 21 Nic Berry, 22 Ryan Davis, 23 Paul Emerick.

London Irish: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Topsy Ojo, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Daniel Bowden, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Adrian Jarvis, 9 Ross Samson , 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Richard Thorpe, 6 Declan Danaher, 5 Matt Garvey, 4 Nick Kennedy (c), 3 Faan Rautenbach, 2 James Buckland,1 Max Lahiff.
Replacements: 16 Brian Blaney, 17 Clarke Dermody, 18 Paulica Ion, 19 Kieran Roche, 20 David Sisi, 21 Tom Homer, 22 Jonathan Spratt, 23 Darren Allinson.

Date: Saturday, 4 March
Venue: Adams Park
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
Referee: Martin Fox

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