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Thompson to make Wasps debut at Sixways

27 October 2011

  • England hooker Steve Thompson to make Wasps bow at Worcester
  • Joe Simpson and Riki Flutey also return to starting line up
England and London Wasps hooker Steve Thompson at Rugby World Cup 2011

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England hooker Steve Thompson will make his debut for London Wasps for Friday night’s trip to Worcester in the Aviva Premiership.

Thompson, who featured in five England games at Rugby World Cup 2011, will make his first appearance in the No.2 shirt as is one of eight changes made by Director of Rugby Dai Young.

Thompson, England’s most capped hooker of all-time, said: "I can’t wait to get out there and am delighted to get my first start because there is a lot of competition here for theNo.2 shirt.

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first few weeks with the club and I feel fresh and ready for action."

The other notable changes to the side which defeated Bath Rugby in the last round of fixtures see England scrum half Joe Simpson – who made his Test debut in the world cup victory over Georgia – and Riki Flutey return to the side.

Flutey, who returns after a four-game injury absence, is joined in the starting XV by Nick Robinson, Ben Broster, Tim Payne, Jonathan Poff and Richard Birkett.