Team News: Wasps team to play Bath

Marcus Watson returns to Wasps’ Aviva Premiership line-up for the first time since round six at Bath’s Recreation Ground on Friday evening (7.45pm kick-off).

His selection, in the left-wing berth vacated by the injured Josh Bassett, is one of two changes director of rugby Dai Young has made to the match-day 23 which last Saturday claimed a fifth consecutive top-flight win.

The second of these sees James Haskell return to the blindside flank after being rested for the pre-Christmas clash with Gloucester.


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And after claiming all five points against Gloucester, Young said tomorrow’s match plus the visit of Saracens next weekend are now vital encounters.

“The next two games are massive for us,” he said.

“Coming into this block of three league games, we said if we could get three good results then we’ll be sitting pretty in the top four which will take a bit of pressure off us.

“But If we don’t, it will put a bit of pressure on us and go right to the wire, so these are important games.


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“Bath did a job on us at the Ricoh, but we’re better now than we were then, since we’ve evolved as a team.

“But you have to give them credit, as they were the better team on the day, so it’s up to us to go and reverse that result.”

Wasps team to play Bath
15. Willie Le Roux
14. Christian Wade
13. Juan De Jongh
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Marcus Watson
10. Danny Cipriani
9. Dan Robson
1.  Simon McIntyre
2.  Tom Cruse
3.  Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Joe Launchbury ©
5.  Kearnan Myall
6.  James Haskell
7.  Thomas Young
8.  Nizaam Carr
Replacements
16. Ashley Johnson
17. Ben Harris
18. Marty Moore
19. James Gaskell
20. Guy Thompson
21. Joe Simpson
22. Rob Miller
23. Gaby Lovobalavu
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