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Wasps name team for Perpignan clash

04 December 2003

London Wasps Director of Rugby, Warren Gatland, has named his side for Sunday's Heineken Cup clash with Perpignan, kick off 3pm.

There are a couple of significant changes to this week's team for the opening game of London Wasps' Heineken Cup Campaign. World Cup winners Lawrence Dallaglio and Josh Lewsey return to the starting line-up for the first time since returning from their success in Australia.

Earlier this week Gatland said of the opposition, "Perpignan are a powerful side. They made it to last season's final only to fall at the final hurdle. I have no doubt that they are looking to go one better and, therefore, we are preparing for a tough physical battle."

He added, "The Heineken Cup is the pinnacle of European club rugby. It is a pinnacle London Wasps will be looking to reach, starting this Sunday."

So, Lawrence Dallaglio starts at No.8 and captains the side, whilst Josh Lewsey reverts to wing, where he played much of last season, with Mark Van Gisbergen slotting in at fullback. Kenny Logan has a slight back strain that has sidelined him for this week so Tom Voyce starts at wing.

Phil Greening is still out of action with a toe injury.

The team is�

15 Mark Van Gisbergen
14 Josh Lewsey
13 Fraser Waters
12 Stuart Abbott
11 Tom Voyce
10 Alex King
9 Rob Howley
1 Craig Dowd
2 Trevor Leota
3 Will Green
4 Simon Shaw
5 Richard Birkett
6 Joe Worsley
7 Jonny O'Connor
8 Lawrence Dallaglio (Capt)

16 Ben Gotting
17 Tim Payne
18 Paul Volley
19 Martin Purdy
20 Peter Richards
21 Mark Denney
22 John Rudd