McGeechan makes six changes for Wasps’ Sale match

Ian McGeechan has made six changes and one positional switch to the starting XV that will face Sale Sharks at Adams Park on Sunday.

Following his first start of the season against Harlequins last weekend, summer signing Lachlan Mitchell, moves to full back switching with Mark Van Gisbergen who will start in the centre alongside Josh Lewsey.


On the wing Academy player, Chris Bishay, will make his season debut in place of Mossy Lawler, named alongside a new pairing of Joe Simpson and Dave Walder at nine and ten.

Academy starlet, Simpson, nominated for the IRB Young Player of the Year Award at this Sunday’s IRB Awards, will make his first start with the senior side this season following two tries in two starts from the bench in 2008/09 – including a superb individual effort at The Stoop last weekend.

In the forwards, Tom French comes into the front row in place of Tim Payne, called to England alongside eight of his club mates for this weekend’s clash with South Africa.


French is joined by club captain Raphael Ibanez who replaces Rob Webber who takes a seat on the bench. The only other change in the pack sees Dan Leo move to the starting line up in place of John Hart, named among the replacements which this weekend include new signing Damien Varley and Michael Holford.


Looking ahead to the game McGeechan said: “Sale are a strong side who are always in the mix and we know it will be a challenging game on Sunday.


“They have provided us with some of our most competitive games over the seasons and it will be key for us to rediscover the consistency we have shown in our last two home games which saw wins over Castres and Newport.


“Last weekend at The Stoop was disappointing for us, particularly in the first half, and we have worked hard in training this week to address this and we will be looking to the game positively, focused on our own performance.”


On Tim Payne’s inclusion in the England squad he added, “With an unprecedented number of Wasps in the England side this weekend – over half of the starting line up – it is fantastic achievement not only for our players as individuals but also for everyone associated with the club.


“We are delighted for Tim and although it is difficult for us to be with out 10 of our finest players, nine called to England and one to Ireland, we are very pleased to see their hard work rewarded with a place in the national side.”

London Wasps team to face Sale Sharks in the Guinness Premiership at Adams Park on Sunday, KO 3pm are:

15. Lachlan Mitchell
14. Chris Bishay
13. Josh Lewsey
12. Mark Van Gisbergen
11. Tom Voyce
10. Dave Walder
9. Joe Simpson

1. Tom French
2. Raphael Ibanez (C)
3. Pat Barnard
4. George Skivington
5. Richard Birkett
6. Dan Leo
7. Serge Betsen
8. Joe Worsley

16. Rob Webber
17. Damien Varley
18. Michael Holford
19. John Hart
20. Mark Robinson
21. Hugo Ellis
22. Jeremy Staunton

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