Wasps’ team to play Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his team to take on Harlequins on Sunday in the battle of third and fourth place in the Aviva Premiership, kick off 3.15pm.

Matt Mullan returns to fitness to captain the side. Elsewhere in the pack, James Cannon starts in the second row, with Bradley Davies retained by Wales for their game against France, and Carlo Festuccia starts at hooker with Ashley Johnson providing reinforcement from the bench.

There are two personnel changes in the backline. Rob Miller lines up at fullback, with Charles Piutau moving to 13 in place of Elliot Daly who is named in England’s 23-man squad to play Ireland. Jimmy Gopperth returns at 10 and Ruaridh Jackson is named as a replacement.

Ahead of the game, which sees third-placed Wasps take on fourth-placed Harlequins, Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “Wasps and Quins’ fixtures always seem to bring out the best rugby in both teams, producing exciting and often nail-biting matches. They are traditionally tight games, which could go either way, and I don’t expect any different this weekend.

“We are two teams who want to play expansive, ball-in-hand rugby, so I’m sure both defences will be tested on Sunday. In terms of the set piece, both teams will also be looking to get dominance and that will be a real focal point for both sides.

“We’re pleased with the momentum and confidence we’ve been building in recent weeks and we know we need to keep that momentum going. We’ve enjoyed some big wins and have some good performances behind us away from home, but we’ve also had some narrow wins after two sub-standard performances at home, so the message this week has been that we need to produce a good home performance for our supporters. We’re very lucky to have received such fantastic support at the Ricoh Arena where our fans always get right behind us and we want to repay that support.”

Tickets for Sunday’s clash between third and fourth are still available to purchase online here

Fiji Disaster Appeal collection

During Sunday’s match against Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena, Wasps will be holding a collection for the Fiji Disaster Appeal. A number of Wasps’ players have family and friends back home in the Pacific Islands who have been affected by Cyclone Winston, with the appeal particularly close to the heart of Wasps’ no 8 Nathan Hughes, who was born and raised in Fiji and whose uncle lost much of his house during the events of last weekend. For more information about the appeal and the Wasps’ collection click here

Wasps’ Team to play Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday

15. Rob Miller
14. Christian Wade
13. Charles Piutau
12. Siale Piutau
11. Frank Halai
10. Jimmy Gopperth
9. Dan Robson
1. Matt Mullan ©
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. James Cannon
5. Kearnan Myall
6. Thomas Young
7. George Smith
8. Nathan Hughes

Replacements
16. Ashley Johnson
17. Tom Bristow
18. Phil Swainston
19. Will Rowlands
20. Alex Rieder
21. Jamie Stevenson
22. Ruaridh Jackson
23. Brendan Macken