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Wasps’ Potential Starting XV For The 2016/17 Season Is Frighteningly Talented

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Christian Wade and Charles Piutau of Wasps celebrate at the end of the match during the European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Final match between Wasps and Exeter Chiefs at Ricoh Arena on April 9, 2016 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

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.

EXETER, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Charles Piutau of Wasps kicks the ball during the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Exeter Chiefs and Wasps at Sandy Park on May 21, 2016 in Exeter, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

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

  1.  Matt Mullan
  2.  Tommy Taylor
  3. Marty Moore
  4. Joe Launchbury
  5. Matt Symons
  6. Ashley Johnson
  7. James Haskell
  8. Nathan Hughes
  9. Dan Robson
  10. Danny Cipriani
  11. Frank Halai
  12. Kyle Eastmond
  13. Elliot Daly
  14. Christian Wade
  15. 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.

EXETER, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Nathan Hughes of Wasps takes on Luke Cowan-Dickie during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Wasps at Sandy Park on May 1, 2016 in Exeter, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.