Wasps v Saracens Live Free. England internationals Maro Itogi and Billy Wunipol begin their bid to prove their suitability for the next six nations when they return due to a Saracen injury to the wasps on Sunday. Itogi’s second row broke his jaw in December and the eighth number, Vunipola, was thrown due to an operation for a knee injury in September.
Wasps without 12 injured players, including England wing Elliot Daly. Also, without England, they block Joe Launchbury, who has a bad cold. Itoje and Vunipola, who missed a tour of the UK and the Irish lions in New Zealand last summer with a shoulder injury, are two of eight changes in Sarries XV that defeated Worcester for the last time.Mako Vunipola, Vincent Koch and Chris Tolofua form a new front row, the fight is half Richard Wigglesworth makes his 200th appearance for the club, while Duncan Taylor and Chris Wiles return to the bottom line.
• The Wasps won their last six games, as they lost at Saracen in October, but managed to climb to third place in the table and still be behind leaders, Exeter champions, by 11 points.
• In all competitions, the only Wasp loss in the last eight games was at La Rochelle in the European Champions Cup.
• The victory of the Saracens 46-31 against Worcester Warriors last weekend brought their first extra ball since October.
• The Sarakins lost just two of their last 12 meetings in the Premier League with Osami: they were beaten 64-23 at Allianz Park in February 2016, and then lost 35-15 on their last visit to Coventry in May.
Wasps rugby director Dai Young told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:
“There are things that we like”. We are much better than we were at the beginning of the season, but we are still far from the final article.Wasps: Le Roux; Wade, De Jong, Lovobalowau, Watson; Cipriani, Robson; Harris, Johnson (frame), Cooper-Woolley, Gaskell, Meill, Haskell, Young, Carr.
Substitutions: Cruse, West, Moore, Rowlands, Thompson, Simpson, Miller, Armitage.
Saracens: hood; Earl, Taylor, Barritt (above), Wiles; Farrell, Wigglesworth; M Vunipola, Tolofua, Koch, Itoje, Isiekwe, Rhodes, Burger, B Vunipola.
Substitutions: George, Barrington, Figallo, Skelton, Ray, Spencer, Lozovsky, Maitland.
Referee: Wayne Barnes.