It’s no secret that Wasps have certainly turned the fortunes of their club around since their decision to move from London to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
This profitable decision has allowed the club to have grown in the last couple of years on the field as much as off of it though. With the additional revenue they have been able to bring in some top talent to perform at the Ricoh. Last season saw the Piutau brothers, Charles and Siale, entertain the crowds for example.
With the moving on of some big name players in the off season however, Piutau brothers included, Wasps’ recruitment for this summer was going to be imperative in order to have another successful season and they have not disappointed their fans with these young, talented players.
The biggest of the names brought in was undoubtedly Australian star Kurtley Beale, whilst a certain Danny Cipriani returning to the Wasps fold got many fans out of their seats too. What Wasps may have lost in experience, with veterans such as George Smith, Bradley Davies and the Italian pair of Andrea Masi and Lorenzo Cittadini leaving, they have certainly gained elsewhere in some of these young recruits.
These sort of additions, combined with an already star-studded lineup, have resulted in a thrilling looking starting XV for Wasps next season.
Potential Starting XV
- Matt Mullan
- Tommy Taylor
- Marty Moore
- Joe Launchbury
- Matt Symons
- Ashley Johnson
- James Haskell
- Nathan Hughes
- Dan Robson
- Danny Cipriani
- Frank Halai
- Kyle Eastmond
- Elliot Daly
- Christian Wade
- Kurtley Beale
What is immediately apparent from this potential XV is the amount of top English talent there is in this squad. Already established England internationals such as James Haskell and Joe Launchbury are now surrounded by potential England players with Tommy Taylor and Matt Symons joining already established Wasps and England fringe players such as Elliot Daly and Christian Wade.
Add into the mix Kyle Eastmond and Cipriani with points to prove and a scrum-half pair of Dan Robson and Joe Simpson, who seem destined to get some more caps, and this Wasps team is buzzing full of English players. In fact, eleven out of this potential starting XV are qualified to play for England now with Nathan Hughes qualifying over the summer thanks to the residency rules.
The other noticeable thing about this potential Wasps side is the absence of other star players in the Wasps set-up who could figure in the starting XV too. Jimmy Gopperth, Rob Miller, Sailosi Tagicakibau, Joe Simpson and James Gaskell, amongst others, will all also challenge for starting places in a Wasps team that can be expected to push champions Saracens extremely hard for the Aviva Premiership title.
If the above XV is anything to go by, Wasps could be in for another highly entertaining and successful season.
Hamish Milner, Pundit Arena