Wasps have once more overhauled their entire starting line-up ahead of Tuesday night’s visit of Sale Sharks to the Ricoh Arena (5.30pm).
None of the team that went from the start against Worcester last time out retain their starting roles as head coach Lee Blackett reverts to the same line-up that defeated Northampton Saints in round 14.
The first of the midweek Gallagher Premiership matches post-restart kicks off on Tuesday, beginning with third-placed Wasps hosting fourth-placed Sale Sharks.After a 32-17 win over Worcester last Friday, Lee Blackett’s Wasps starting line-up reverts almost entirely to the side which beat Northampton Saints 34-21 two weekends ago.
Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond has gone for nine changes to his matchday 23 after a 32-22 defeat to table toppers Exeter Chiefs.What time is Wasps v Sale Sharks kick-off?Wasps v Sale Sharks kicks off at 5.30pm on Tuesday, August 25, at Ricoh Arena in round 16 of the Gallagher Premiership.
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The only change is Jeff Toomaga-Allen comes in for the injured Kieran Brookes at tighthead. Malakai Fekitoa returns from his one-match suspension for receiving a hat-trick of yellow cards this term for four play offences.
There are more changes on the bench, however, as former Exeter Chiefs’ prop Jack Owlett is set for his first minutes since December’s victory over Bristol Bears at Ashton Gate, while Academy fly-half Charlie Atkinson could make his debut. The teenager has been with Wasps since 2016 and has England U18 honours. He has featured for the A team this season.
WASPS: 15 Matteo Minozzi, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Jimmy Gopperth, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Jacob Umaga, 9 Dan Robson, 1 Ben Harris, 2 Tommy Taylor, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 4 Joe Launchbury (c), 5 Will Rowlands, 6 Jack Willis, 7 Thomas Young, 8 Brad Shields.Replacements: 16 Tom Cruse, 17 Tom West, 18 Jack Owlett, 19 Tim Cardall, 20 Sione Vailanu, 21 Ben Vellacott, 22 Charlie Atkinson, 23 Ryan Mills
SALE SHARKS: 15. Luke James, 14. Denny Solomona, 13. Connor Doherty, 12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11. Arron Reed, 10. AJ MacGinty, 9. Will Cliff; 1. Ross Harrison, 2. Curtis Langdon, 3. Jake Cooper-Woolley, 4. Matt Postlethwaite, 5. James Phillips, 6. Cameron Neild, 7. Ben Curry (c) 8. Daniel du Preez.Replacements: 16. Ewan Ashman, 17. Valery Morozov, 18. Coenie Oosthuizen, 19. Jean-Luc du Preez, 20. Jono Ross, 21. Faf De Klerk, 22. Sam James, 23. Tom Roebuck