England stars back for Wasps

England stars Tom Rees and Paul Sackey line up for London Wasps’ final pre-season fixture at Adams Park on Friday against Llanelli Scarlets.

The Wasps side includes 10 England and England Saxons squad members, making their return to High Wycombe for the first time since collecting their silverware at the Guinness Premiership final.

Director of rugby Ian McGeechan said: “The players are looking forward to making their return to home turf and playing in front of a home crowd. This will be the first club game for both Tom Rees and Paul Sackey since the final and it will allow them the opportunity to pick up valuable game time ahead of the start of the season.

“Llanelli have some very talented players amongst their squad and it will be a good opportunity for us to put a strong team out on the park as the pre-season draws to a close. As the third of three very meaningful games for us, with a win and a loss already recorded against Dax and Edinburgh, this game will again help us to iron out any creases before the 2008/09 season gets underway. You can’t replace game time with anything else and this fixture should prove very valuable for both sides.”

London Wasps

15. Mark Van Gisbergen
14. Josh Lewsey
13. Lachlan Mitchell
12. Dominic Waldouck
11. Tom Voyce
10. Riki Flutey
9. Eoin Reddan
1. Tim Payne
2. Raphael Ibanez (C)
3. Pat Barnard
4. Simon Shaw
5. Richard Birkett
6. Joe Worsley
7. Tom Rees
8. John Hart

16. Rob Webber
17. Tom French
18. Tom Palmer
19. James Haskell
20. Mark Robinson
21. Jeremy Staunton
22. Paul Sackey

Wasps have also named a strong young side for tonight’s A league friendly against London Scottish at the Athletic Ground in Richmond, kick off 7.45pm.

The team led by Wasps senior hooker, Joe Ward, includes Academy graduate and England U20s captain, Hugo Ellis, Academy trio, Charlie Beech, Tom Lindsay and Nick Porter - returning from a summer with North Harbour under the watchful eye of former Wasp and forwards coach Craig Dowd - and IRB World Player nominee, Joe Simpson.

London Wasps A team to face London Scottish: 15. Jack Wallace, 14. Chris Bishay, 13. Henry Barratt, 12. Rob Hoadley, 11. Christian Wade, 10. Jeremy Staunton, 9. Joe Simpson, 1. Charlie Beech, 2. Joe Ward (C), 3. Michael Holford, 4. Dan Leo, 5. Peter Elder, 6. Tom Lindsay, 7. Willy Lipp, 8. Hugo Ellis

Damien Varley, Nick Porter, Arthur Ellis, James Honeyben