London Wasps v Bath Premiership Preview

Bath have made three changes to last week’s winning side for their Aviva Premiership
Rugby clash against London Wasps at Adams Park on Sunday.

David Wilson returns from international duty to take the tighthead shirt, Peter
Stringer is selected at scrum-half and Semesa Rokoduguni slots back in on the

Wilson joins Nathan Catt and Rob Webber in the front row, with Stuart Hooper
and Dave Attwood continuing in the boiler room. Leroy Houston controls the base
of the scrum at number eight, with Matt Garvey and Carl Fearns on the flanks.

Stringer renews his half-back partnership with George Ford, whilst Matt Banahan
lines up on the opposite wing to Rokoduguni. Ollie Devoto and Jonathan Joseph
link up in the midfield once more, as Nick Abendanon retains his place at fullback.

London Wasps sole defeat in their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby matches
was 12-19 at Saracens in round 5.

The Londoners have been victorious in both of their home games played at Adams Park in the tournament this campaign.

Bath Rugby have won their last six matches in all tournaments since Sale beat them 19-13 in the Premiership at Salford on 4th October.

Bath have not won four successive away games in all tournaments since 2006.

The last four encounters between the two clubs have all been won by the home since on the day, whilst Bath have been victorious at Adams Park just once since 2005: 27-23 in the Premiership on 1 Oct 2008.

London Wasps duo Jonah Holmes and Sam Jones, who have both shone in recent
weeks in the LV=Cup, with both picking up nominations for the LV= Breakthrough
Award, both start again this weekend – Holmes retaining his place on the wing
with Christian Wade not quite recovering in time from a hamstring strain.

Ashley Johnson and Nathan Hughes return to the back row while the second row
combination for this weekend are Tom Palmer and Kearnan Myall with Joe Launchbury
benching following his return from England duty.

Phil Swainston makes his first Premiership start of the season and replaces
Jake Cooper-Woolley who is ruled out with a groin strain.

In the backs, Josh Bassett returns to his spot on the wing, while Ben Jacobs
and Chris Bell make up the centre partnership and Andy Goode and Joe Simpson
are the half-backs.

Young said: “The league table will show you that Bath are one of the
real threats this season, and obviously they recruited very strongly over the
summer to add to an already formidable squad.”

“They will come to us with a set piece that is going really well for them,
a strong kicking game and some very dangerous backs so we have a big task on
our hands.”

Match : London Wasps v Bath Rugby
Date :
Sunday 24th November
Venue : Adams Park,
Kick Off : 2pm
Live on: BT Sport
Match Officials
Luke Pearce (19th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Paul Burton and Paul Dix.
TMO: Sean Davey.


London Wasps

15. Elliot Daly , 14. Jonah Holmes , 13. Ben Jacobs , 12. Chris Bell (captain)
, 11. Josh Bassett , 10. Andy Goode , 9. Joe Simpson , 1. Matt Mullan , 2. Carlo
Festuccia , 3. Phil Swainston , 4. Tom Palmer , 5. Kearnan Myall , 6. Ashley
Johnson , 7. Sam Jones , 8. Nathan Hughes

Replacements :16. Neil Cochrane , 17. Simon McIntyre , 18. Will Taylor , 19.
Joe Launchbury , 20. James Haskell , 21. Guy Thompson , 22. Charlie Davies ,
23. Joe Carlisle


15. Nick Abendanon , 14. Semesa Rokoduguni , 13. Jonathan Joseph , 12. Ollie
Devoto , 11. Matt Banahan , 10. George Ford , 9. Peter Stringer , 1. Nathan
Catt , 2. Rob

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