Vickery to start Guinness Premiership Final

Phil Vickery will start the Guinness Premiership Final for London Wasps against Leicester Tigers at Twickenham on Saturday.


The international tight head prop has fully recovered from a knee ligament injury suffered playing for Wasps against Sale in mid April, and following a good week’s training with the team this week, wins the number three short for the season’s final showdown.

Specking on his selection, Wasps Director of Rugby, Ian McGeechan said, “I’m delighted that Phil Vickery has come through a week’s training and contact to be fit for Saturday – it helps to make up for the loss of Danny Cipriani and Tom Voyce for this game.”

Lawrence Dallaglio will lead the team from No8 for his 339th and final competitive appearance in club colours.

Behind the scrum Riki Flutey wears the No10 shirt in place of injured Danny Cipriani, Flutey’s place in the centre taken by Dominic Waldouck. 20 year-old Waldouck will pair up with Fraser Waters, who also makes his last appearance for Wasps on Saturday, having played 217 games in his ten years at the club.

In the absence of the injured Tom Voyce, Josh Lewsey moves to the wing, with Mark Van Gisbergen coming in at full back.

Though he missed out on selection for the Heineken Cup Final last May, Van Gisbergen is no stranger to Twickenham, having started all three of Wasps previous Premiership Finals, and holds the record for the most individual points in a final, having scored 26 against Leicester at Twickenham in 2005.

Amongst Lawrence Dallaglio’s many rugby achievements are two Premiership Final Man of the Match Awards, for the 2004 and 2005 finals. He is the only player to have picked up two such awards. (Alex King was Man of the Match in 2003).

Speaking about Saturday’s game, McGeechan said, “We are obviously delighted to have made it to the Final, particularly from such an inauspicious beginning in September and October.

“It will be a great occasion. Wasps versus Leicester is always a major encounter, but to be playing this one out in front of a record breaking full house at Twickenham will be very exciting.”

London Wasps team to face Leicester Tigers in the Guinness Premiership Final is:

15 Mark Van Gisbergen
14 Paul Sackey
13 Fraser Waters
12 Dominic Waldouck
11 Josh Lewsey
10 Riki Flutey
9 Eoin Reddan

1 Tim Payne
2 Raphael Ibanez
3 Phil Vickery
4 Simon Shaw
5 Tom Palmer
6 James Haskell
7 Tom Rees
8 Lawrence Dallaglio (c)

16 Joe Ward
17 Pat Barnard
18 Richard Birkett
19 Joe Worsley
20 Mark McMillan
21 Jeremy Staunton
22 John Hart

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.