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David Wilson: Returns from international duty to take the tighthead shirt for Bath

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Seventh-placed London Wasps host third-placed Bath in a return to Aviva Premiership action at Adams Park on Sunday.

Sam Jones starts at seven while Jonah Holmes retains his place on the wing with Christian Wade not quite recovering in time from a hamstring strain.

Ashley Johnson and Nathan Hughes return to the back-row while the second-row combination for this weekend are Tom Palmer and Kearnan Myall with Joe Launchbury benching following his return from England duty.

Phil Swainston makes his first Premiership start of the season and replaces Jake Cooper-Woolley, who is ruled out with a groin strain.

In the backs, Josh Bassett returns to his spot on the wing, Ben Jacobs and Chris Bell make up the centre partnership and Andy Goode and Joe Simpson are the half-backs.

"The league table will show you that Bath are one of the real threats this season, and obviously they recruited very strongly over the summer to add to an already formidable squad," said Wasps boss Dai Young.

"They will come to us with a set piece that is going really well for them, a strong kicking game and some very dangerous backs so we have a big task on our hands."

Three changes

Bath have made just three changes to last week's winning side. David Wilson returns from international duty to take the tighthead shirt, Peter Stringer is selected at scrum-half and Semesa Rokoduguni slots back in on the wing.

Wilson joins Nathan Catt and Rob Webber in the front-row, with Stuart Hooper and Dave Attwood continuing in the boiler room. Leroy Houston controls the base of the scrum at number eight, with Matt Garvey and Carl Fearns on the flanks.

Stringer renews his half-back partnership with George Ford, whilst Matt Banahan lines up on the opposite wing to Rokoduguni. Ollie Devoto and Jonathan Joseph link up in the midfield once more, as Nick Abendanon retains his place at full-back.

Wasps: Daly, Holmes, Jacobs, Bell (c), Bassett, Goode, Simpson, Hughes, Jones, Johnson, Myall, Palmer, Swainston, Festuccia, Mullan

Replacements: Cochrane, McIntyre, Taylor, Launchbury, Haskell, Thompson, Davies, Carlisle

Bath: Abendanon, Rokoduguni, Joseph, Devoto, Banahan, Ford, Stringer, Houston, Fearns, Garvey, Attwood, Hooper (c), Wilson, Webber, Catt

Replacements: Batty, Beech, Orlandi, Day, Gilbert, Roberts, Heathcote, Watson

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