James Haskell returns from injury to face Toulon in European Champions Cup
He will line up alongside George Smith and Nathan Hughes in the back row at the Ricoh Arena with Sam Jones returning to the bench after his impressive contribution to last weekend’s 33-6 triumph against Leinster.
Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “It was a great performance by our squad last week, but we know we need to back it up this weekend. There has been no time to rest on our laurels, that’s for sure – Toulon coming to town certainly focuses the mind and we’re really looking forward to the challenge they present.
“As a player and as a coach, you want to test yourself against the very best. These are the kinds of challenges you dream of.
"Playing the reigning champions, on your own turf, is an occasion that doesn’t come around very often. We will look to embrace that and try to make sure we play to our potential to do ourselves justice.
“Toulon are a fantastic team. They have deservedly won the title three years running – the first team ever to achieve that - but our squad won’t be daunted. We need to draw on our experience out in Toulon last season, when we faced them in the quarter final."
Young added: "They deservedly won that game, but we caused them a few problems along the way and we need to build on our second half performance in the South of France.
"We know we have to be at our best if we are to get the result we want.
“These European occasions are rare and should be savoured. It’s not often supporters get to see so many superstars of the game, on one pitch, in a club rugby match.
"We are fortunate to have a few internationals ourselves and I am sure every single one of our players is relishing the chance to take on the European Champions at our home ground.”
Wasps RFC team to face Toulon
Charles Piutau; Christian Wade, Elliot Daly, Ben Jacobs, Frank Halai; Ruaridh Jackson, Joe Simpson; Matt Mullan, Carlo Festuccia, Jake Cooper-Woolley, Joe Launchbury, Bradley Davies, James Haskell, George Smith, Nathan Hughes.
Replacements: Ashley Johnson, Simon McIntyre, Lorenzo Cittadini, James Gaskell, Sam Jones, Dan Robson, Alex Lozowski, Sailosi Tagicakibau
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