Daly back on show as Young calls for in­ten­sity

The Rugby Paper - - Aviva Premiership -

LI­ONS star El­liot Daly will make his first start of the sea­son for Wasps fol­low­ing an ex­tended pre-sea­son break.

Daly has been named at out­side cen­tre while fel­low Lion James Haskell takes a place on the bench af­ter suc­cess­ful surgery on a fin­ger in­jury.

Eng­land No.8 Nathan Hughes is primed to make his 100th ap­pear­ance for Wasps with Matt Sy­mons and skip­per Joe Launch­bury pack­ing down in front of him as Kear­nan Myall and James Gaskell are side­lined by in­jury.

In the back­line, Joe Simp­son starts along­side Danny Cipri­ani at half­back while there are wel­come re­turns to fit­ness for Chris­tian Wade on the wing and Juan de Jongh who joins the re­place­ments.

Wasps boss Dai Young said: “We know our ac­cu­racy and in­ten­sity will need to be much bet­ter this week­end than it was at Worces­ter if we’re to get the re­sult we want.

“If Har­lequins hit their straps, they’re go­ing to be a for­mi­da­ble team this sea­son. They’re packed with Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als and have qual­ity through­out.”

Dave Ward moves back to hooker for Har­lequins with Mat Lua­manu com­ing into the back row and Mar­cus Smith start­ing at fly-half.

Di­rec­tor of rugby, John Kingston said: “Wasps will present a for­mi­da­ble chal­lenge, par­tic­u­larly at the Ri­coh Arena, a place where they are un­beaten for al­most two years.”

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