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London Wasps Team for Sunday

30 January 2004

London Wasps' Director of Rugby, Warren Gatland, has named his side for this Sunday's Heineken Cup clash against Perpignan. After resting several players last weekend against Calvisano, Gatland has brought back Lawrence Dallaglio, Josh Lewsey, Simon Shaw, Fraser Waters, Craig Dowd and Rob Howley for this game.

Dowd joins Trevor Leota and Will Green in the front row with Shaw and Martin Purdy at lock. Jonny O'Connor, Worsley and Dallaglio make up the backrow.The backline will see Mark Van Gisbergen at fullback with Lewsey and Voyce on the wings.  Mark Denney starts at No.12 with Waters alongside him. Howley and Alex King start at 9 and 10 respectively.

Richard Birkett (Kidney) is still out injured, but the big lock is making steady progress and hopes to be back sometime next month. Injuries to Phil Greening (Foot) and Abbott (Ankle) see them missing the game.

Gatland said, "We are going to Perpignan to win. There are all sorts of permutations as to who could top Pool Six but the bottom line is we must win. Wednesday's training session was one of the hardest we've had at the club and the fitness staff got stuck into the boys. The next two games could determine where we finish both in Europe and in the Premiership. The boys know this and are preparing for a tough, physical two weeks".

The team is �

15 Mark Van Gisbergen
14 Josh Lewsey
13 Fraser Waters
12 Mark Denney
11 Tom Voyce
10 Alex King
9 Rob Howley

1 Craig Dowd
2 Trevor Leota
3 Will Green
4 Simon Shaw
5 Martin Purdy
6 Joe Worsley
7 Jonny O'Connor
8 Lawrence Dallaglio (Capt)

16 Ben Gotting
17 Tim Payne
18 Paul Volley
19 George Skivington
20 Peter Richards
21 Ayoola Erinle
22 John Rudd



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