Three changes for Wasps team to face Saracens

On the back of three consecutive wins, Ian McGeechan has made three changes to his starting line up for Wasps’ London derby with Saracens at Adams Park, Saturday KO 2.15pm.

Summer signing Lachlan Mitchell will start at full back in place of Mark Van Gisbergen who took a heavy knock in Wasps clash with Edinburgh last weekend. Also amongst the backs, Danny Cipriani will start at fly half as Dave Walder moves to the bench and the final change sees Joe Worsley return to the 1XV in place of Serge Betsen, who is named in the replacements.

Alongside Walder and Betsen, Joe Ward makes his return to the 22 on the bench, following recovery from a pectoralis major avulsion in Wasps’ Guinness Premiership clash with Northampton Saints on the 20th September.

The Saracens fixture marks a return to Guinness Premiership action for Wasps and is the second of three games in just a thirteen day turnaround after facing Edinburgh last Sunday and a trip to Sale to follow on Boxing Day.

Looking ahead to the game Wasps Director of Rugby said, “We are heading into another run of tough fixtures. Saracens have recruited a lot of players and have a strong side and there are no easy games.

” We know there’s a lot of pressure on us to play and I think we have taken a lot of confidence out of the last three games but we are going to have to take our game to the next level and compete in what will be a very tough game on Saturday.”

London Wasps team to face Saracens in Round 9 of the Guinness Premiership at Adams Park on Saturday 20th December, KO 2.15pm, is:

15. Lachlan Mitchell, 14. Paul Sackey, 13. Dominic Waldouck, 12. Josh Lewsey, 11. Tom Voyce, 10. Danny Cipriani, 9. Eoin Reddan, 1. Tim Payne, 2. Rob Webber, 3. Phil Vickery (C), 4. Simon Shaw, 5. Tom Palmer, 6. Joe Worsley, 7. Tom Rees, 8. James Haskell

Bench:16. Joe Ward, 17. Tom French, 18. George Skivington, 19. Serge Betsen, 20. Joe Simpson, 21. Dave Walder, 22. Chris Bishay.

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