Wasps Vs Bristol Preview

Wasps Vs Bristol Preview

England lock Joe Launchbury misses Wasps clash with Bristol on Sunday due to a groin strain.

The black-and-gold's skipper is replaced by James Gaskell, who also wears the captain's armband in the absence of the injured James Haskell, rested Sam Jones and Matt Mullan, who starts on the bench.

Young, who this week stressed his intention to rotate his squad at every opportunity in order to keep everyone fresh and firing, opts to again leave Nathan Hughes among the replacements. This gives Alex Rieder, who was outstanding against Leicester A on Monday night, the chance to start on the blindside flank.

'Bristol will be more of a challenge mentally than Leicester or Exeter' - Wasps Dai Young Jake Cooper-Woolley replaces Marty Moore, who suffered a minor knock last weekend, at tighthead, while the only change in the backs sees Frank Halai come into the starting line-up on the left wing in place of Josh Bassett.

Ricoh Arena fans will also get their first look at new recruit Kyle Eastmond, who is joined among the replacements by lock Kearnan Myall, now recovered from a lengthy absence due to a knee injury.

Wasps start as strong favourites to register a bonus point win against newly-promoted Bristol who were heavily beaten by Northampton last week after slipping to a close defeat at Harlequins seven days earlier.

As a consequence boss Andy Robinson has made seven changes for his club's first visit to the Ricoh. Samoan giant Anthony Perenise comes into the front row, where he is joined by loose head Ryan Bevington, who joins full back Jordan Williams and USA international centre Thretton Palamo in making his league debut.

Back-rowers Olly Robinson and Mitch Eadie plus lock Joe Joyce also make their first starts of the season.

Wasps:

Rob Miller; Christian Wade, Elliot Daly, Jimmy Gopperth, Frank Halai; Danny Cipriani, Joe Simpson; Simon McIntyre, Tommy Taylor, Jake Cooper-Woolley; Matt Symons, James Gaskell; Alex Rieder, Thomas Young, Guy Thompson.

Replacements: Ashley Johnson, Matt Mullan, Phil Swainston, Kearnan Myall, Nathan Hughes, Craig Hampson, Kyle Eastmond, Josh Bassett.

Bristol:

Jordan Williams; Ryan Edwards, Will Hurrell, Thretton Palamo, Tom Varndell; Tusi Pisi, Will Cliff; Ryan Bevington, Ross McMillan, Anthony Perenise; Ian Evans, Joe Joyce; Jack Lam, Olly Robinson, Mitch Eadie.

Replacements: Chris Brooker, Soane Tonga'uiha, Gaston Cortes, James Phillips, Jordan Crane, Martin Roberts, Adrian Jarvis, Ben Mosses.

– Entry was posted on September 17th, 2016 by James Haskell

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