4 to watch – London Wasps

19 April 2012

Bath Rugby take on London Wasps in the last home game of the Aviva Premiership this Saturday 21st April, 2:15pm kick off.

Here is a quick introduction to Saturday's opponents.

Ground – Adams Park (10,516)

Founded - 1867

Club Captain –  John Hart (retired) / Richard Birkett

Coach – Dai Young

Mascot - Sting

Current position in the Aviva Premiership – 11th (31 points)

4 to watch:

Jack Wallace

Injury to the reliable Hugo Southwell at fullback in recent weeks has given lifelong Wasps supporter Jack Wallace a chance to cement a place in the first team and the 21-year-old has not been found wanting.

An excellent display off the bench against Biarritz saw him start the following game against Harlequins where he also showed his versatility, filling in at outside centre toward the end of the game.

Wallace has real pedigree in the game with his grandfather Ted Woodward having established himself in the 1950s as a great Wasps servant who went on to win 15 England caps.

Sam Jones

Another of the Wasps youngsters who has hugely impressed this season, Jones has been a huge find in the back-row with the 20-year-old featuring regularly across all three positions.

An asset in the line-out, Jones has proven to have maturity beyond his years in the loose, winning MOTM in a recent game against London Irish following a fine display of ball-carrying and tackling.

Regularly praised by Dai Young for his commitment at such a young age, Jones was a key player for the England U20s last season, starting the Junior World Cup final alongside three other Wasps youngsters.

Jonathan Poff

The laid back Kiwi arrived at Wasps last summer from the Crusaders where he had acted as back-up to Richie McCaw and Poff soon proved just why he held such good company with a MOTM performance on the opening day of the season against Saracens at Twickenham.

His no-nonsense work-ethic has made him a key performer in all 19 of his outings for Wasps this season and his absence through injury earlier in the year was a real loss to his side.

Mostly to be found wearing the number 7 shirt, Poff has impressed with his ability in the loose and his foraging prowess at the breakdown.
Poff has represented New Zealand at Colts and U21s level.

Christian Wade

A relative unknown outside of the Wasps ranks as far as Premiership rugby was concerned this time last year, the 20-year-old Wade has been an electric addition to the league this season.

Despite missing three months of this season through injury, Wade remains joint top try scorer in the league with his deadly finishing ability proving a huge asset to his side.

With pace to burn, Wade was the top try-scorer at last summer's Junior World Cup and is an outside bet to make England's South Africa tour this summer, which would cap a remarkable rise for the High Wycombe based youngster.

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