McGeechan makes nine changes to Wasps for Sale clash

Ian McGeechan has made nine changes to his starting line up for Wasps Boxing Day clash with Sale Sharks.


Following a 33-24 win over Saracens at Adams Park last weekend, McGeechan is forced to rest a large proportion if his international contingent as part of the EPS player agreement that stipulates internationals must be rested for one of the games in rounds 9-11 of the Guinness Premiership.

In the back division Academy winger, Chris Bishay comes in for Paul Sackey and Riki Flutey returns to the 1XV following recovery from a tight calf. At ten, Man of the Match regular, Dave Walder will start with Danny Cipriani rested and young gun Joe Simpson starts at scrum half with Eoin Reddan named on the bench.

In the front row Tom French and Joe Ward join Tim Payne, Richard Birkett returns to the second row in place of Tom Palmer who sustained a shoulder injury in last weekend’s game and Serge Betsen and John Hart join captain Joe Worsley in the back row with James Haskell and Tom Rees also rested.

Looking ahead to the Christmas clash, McGeechan said; “Every contest against Sale is a big one and we expect this game to be no different. We have been forced to make changes for this Boxing Day clash having to rest a lot of our England players due to the EPS Player agreement and this will of course add to the challenge of this game.”

London Wasps team to face Sale Sharks in Round 10 of the Guinness Premiership at Edgeley Park on Friday 26th December, KO 3pm, is:

15. Lachlan Mitchell, 14. Chris Bishay, 13. Josh Lewsey, 12. Riki Flutey,11. Tom Voyce, 10. Dave Walder, 9. Joe Simpson,1. Tom French, 2. Joe Ward,3. Tim Payne, 4. Simon Shaw, 5. Richard Birkett, 6. Joe Worsley (C), 7. Serge Betsen, 8. John Hart

Bench : 16. Damien Varley, 17. Charlie Beech, 18. George Skivington 19. Dan Leo, 20. Eoin Reddan, 21. Jeremy Staunton , 22. Rob Hoadley.

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