Wasps team to play Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named the Wasps’ side to travel to Sale on Sunday, in round 15 of the Aviva Premiership.

Wasps’ new Springbok signing, Willie Le Roux, is in line to make his Wasps’ debut if called upon from the bench.

Up front there’s a new look front row, where Jake Cooper-Woolley is joined by Matt Mullan and Tommy Taylor, who return from England camp to build up game-time. James Gaskell and Matt Symons form the second row partnership.

Ashley Johnson again captains the side, which remains largely unchanged from the squad which returned from Exeter with three points last weekend. Jimmy Gopperth is set to make his 100th Premiership appearance on Sunday, as he starts at outside centre. 

Ahead of the match, Dai Young said: “Sale has certainly been a tough trip for us, we haven’t got a very good record up there and have come away from our last two or three seasons thinking that is a game that got away, as they’ve always just done enough to beat us.

“Sale Sharks are on a good run at this moment in time, picking up some decent wins, so we know we’ll need to be mentally and physically on top of our game if we are to come away with the result we want. For us, we just try to turn it into another tough away game, which if we want to maintain our push to be in that top two, these are the games that we have got to win.”

Wasps team to face Sale Sharks 3pm Sunday

15. Kurtley Beale
14. Christian Wade
13. Jimmy Gopperth
12. Kyle Eastmond
11. Josh Bassett
10. Danny Cipriani
9. Dan Robson
1. Matt Mullan
2. Tommy Taylor
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Matt Symons
5. James Gaskell
6. Ashley Johnson (c)
7. Thomas Young
8. Alex Rieder

16 Carlo Festuccia
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Marty Moore
19. Will Rowlands
20. Jack Willis
21. Joe Simpson
22. Alapati Leiua
23. Willie Le Roux

Unavailable for selection

Guy Thompson has undergone an operation on his thumb, which went well, and he is expected to be back in approx. 6-8 weeks.

Rob Miller has undergone an operation on his foot and is expected to be out for an extended period.

Sam Jones is progressing well and is expected to return to training in April.

Alex Lundberg is hoping to return to training next month, following his ankle injury.

George Edgson’s ACL injury will sideline him for the rest of the season.