Wasps v London Irish Premiership Preview

London Wasps are the poorest team in Aviva Premiership Rugby on current form, picking up just three losing bonus points from their last six matches.


Wasps have suffered five straight defeats in all competitions but have not lost six in succession since 2001.


London Irish have won just one of their last seven encounters in all competitions: 23-15 at home to Gloucester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on 4 February. The Exiles’ solitary away success since September was 34-14 at Racing-Metro in the European Cup on 10 December.


London Irish have won their last two encounters with Wasps but have not achieved a season’s double over their London neighbours since 2001/02. Irish’s only previous win at Adams Park came in April 2006.


London Wasps have made four changes from the team which played last weekend. Joe Simpson and Rob Webber are named to start following their involvement with England earlier in the week, with Nic Berry and Tom Lindsay shifting to the bench.


Elsewhere Simon McIntyre replaces Ben Broster and Sam Jones starts at number 8 in the absence of Billy Vunipola who is out with an injury. Following a hugely impressive performance for Wasps A earlier in the week, Tinus Du Plessis gets a spot on the bench to cover the back-row.


Hugo Southwell will captain the side from fullback.


London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “I was very impressed with London Irish last weekend despite the final result and like us they will be desperate for a win tomorrow.


“Despite being down in numbers with a lot of players out, we’ve had a good week on the training pitch and we’re looking forward to another game at home in front of a very vocal Adams Park crowd.”


Meanwhile London Irish have named a relatively unchanged team from the side that faced Northampton Saints last weekend.


Nick Kennedy will again captain the side from the second row with Canadian Jebb Sinclair coming into the back row.


London Irish head coach Toby Booth said: “Although the result didn’t go our way last Sunday, it was a fantastic contest, we put in a strong performance and we were focused. We need to show the same intent tomorrow to come away with a result.”


Date : Saturday 3rd March
Venue :Adams Park
Kick Off :3pm
Live on : N/A
Referee: Martin Fox (76th Premiership game)


Teams


London Wasps


15 Hugo Southwell (capt) , 14 Tom Prydie , 13 Elliot Daly , 12 Dom Waldouck , 11 Jack Wallace , 10 Nick Robinson , 9 Joe Simpson , 1 Tim Payne , 2 Rob Webber , 3 Simon McIntyre , 4 James Cannon , 5 Richard Birkett , 6 Joe Launchbury , 7 Jonathan Poff , 8 Sam Jones


Replacements: , 16 Tom Lindsay , 17 Zak Taulafo , 18 Ben Broster , 19 Ed O’Donoghue , 20 Tinus Du Plessis , 21 Nic Berry , 22 Ryan Davis , 23 Paul Emerick


London Irish:


15. Delon Armitage ; 14. Topsy Ojo ; 13. Jonathan Joseph; 12. Daniel Bowden; 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau ; 10. Adrian Jarvis; 9. Ross Samson; 1.Max Lahiff; 2. James Buckland; 3. Faan Rautenbach ; 4. Nick Kennedy (Captain); 5. Matt Garvey; 6. Declan Danaher; 7. Richard Thorpe; 8. Jebb Sinclair


Replacements: 16. Brian Blaney; 17. Clarke Dermody ; 18. Paulica Ion ; 19. Kieran Roche; 20. David Sisi; 21. Tom Homer; 22. Jonathan Spratt ; 23. Darren Allinson

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