Wasps team to face Connacht Rugby

Dai Young has named a 27-man squad to take on Connacht Rugby at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday evening, kick off 7.30pm.

The second pre-season game will be the squad’s final opportunity to prepare ahead of the start of the 2017/18 season, which kicks off against Sale Sharks on Saturday 2 September at the Ricoh Arena. 

The squad for Wednesday night’s fixture sees the return of internationals Matt Mullan and Nathan Hughes, with James Gaskell, Jimmy Gopperth, Marty Moore and Joe Simpson also added to the matchday squad.

Tickets for the final pre-season game against Connacht Rugby on Wednesday night, kick off 7.30pm, are available to purchase online at www.wasps.co.uk/tickets

Ahead of the game, Director of Rugby Dai Young said, “We were pleased with the performance last week in Ulster, and it’s always great to kick off pre-season with a win, but we’re also aware that there’s still a lot to work on. 

“The squad have put in a lot of hard work during the pre-season and it was good to see a lot of it come together in a good team performance on Thursday night, something that we’ll be looking to build on this Wednesday back home at the Ricoh Arena.

“We faced Connacht twice in last season’s European Champions Cup, in what were two fantastic contests, so we know exactly how tough a challenge it will be on Wednesday night. 

“With just ten days until the start of the Aviva Premiership campaign following Wednesday’s game, we’re looking to build on our performance from last week in pretty much every area and, up against a very tough Connacht side, it will be a good chance for some of the final pieces to click into place.” 

Tickets for Wednesday night’s pre-season game against Connacht Rugby at the Ricoh Arena, kick off 7.30pm, are available to purchase online at www.wasps.co.uk/tickets

Wasps fans are reminded that the 2017/18 150th anniversary Under Armour shirt will be on sale from 9am on Wednesday 23 August and supporters will have the chance to meet some of the first-team squad in Wasps Club Shop at the Ricoh Arena, with Tommy Taylor, Kyle Eastmond and Sam Jones meeting fans and signing autographs in the club shop between 4.30pm and 6.30pm before Wasps’ pre-season clash against Connacht.

The regular Aviva Premiership season then kicks off as Wasps host Sale Sharks on the opening weekend at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday 2 September, kick off 3pm. Tickets for the season opener are on sale at www.wasps.co.uk/tickets


Wasps team to face Connacht Rugby

15. Rob Miller
14. Christian Wade
13. Juan De Jongh
12. Gaby Lovobalavu
11. Marcus Watson
10. Jimmy Gopperth
9. Dan Robson
1. Matt Mullan
2. Ashley Johnson (c)
3. Jake Cooper-Woolley
4. Matt Symons
5. Will Rowlands
6. James Gaskell
7. Guy Thompson
8. Nathan Hughes

16. Tom Cruse
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Marty Moore
19. Kearnan Myall
20. Jack Willis
21. Alex Rieder
22. Joe Simpson
23. Danny Cipriani
24. Guy Armitage
25. Brendan Macken
26. Josh Bassett
27. Owain James