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Aviva Premiership preview: London Wasps v Saracens

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Charlie Hodgson comes back into the Saracens side for Sunday's Aviva Premiership encounter

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London Wasps have made four changes to their starting line-up ahead of their clash with top-of-the-table Saracens on Saturday.

After three successive defeats Wasps coach Dai Young brings Andrea Masi, Joe Launchbury, Tom Lindsay and Zak Taulafo into the starting XV.

The quartet started on the bench last weekend as Wasps slipped to defeat at the hands of Northampton.

Masi's inclusion at outside centre sees Elliot Daly revert to full-back, while the front row reshuffle brings Lindsay and Taulafo into the side as Tim Payne drops to the bench.

With the visitors sat at the head of the table having won four of their last five matches, Young acknowledges the threat being posed at Adams Park, stating: "Saracens aren't top of the table by accident and they are full of quality so this will be a real test."

Meanwhile, Charlie Hodgson returns to the Saracens starting line-up at fly-half as Owen Farrell switches to inside centre in place of the rested Brad Barritt.

Saracens coach Mark McCall makes four changes to his pack with John Smit, Petrus du Plessis, Mouritz Botha and Jackson Wray all named in the starting XV.

Schalk Brits, Matt Stevens, Alistair Hargreaves and Kelly Brown are all left out of the squad as a result of McCall's rotation system.

Neil de Kock and Chris Wyles also get the nod ahead of Richard Wigglesworth and David Strettle who start on the bench, where they will be joined by the returning Jacques Burger.

London Wasps: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Andrea Masi, 12 Chris Bell, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Jones, 6 Ashley Johnson, 5 Marco Wentzel (capt), 4 Joe Launcbury, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 Tom Lindsay, 1 Zak Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 T Rhys Thomas, 17 Tim Payne, 18 Will Taylor, 19 Tom Palmer, 20 Jonathan Poff, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Nick Robinson, 23 Hugo Southwell.

Saracens: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Joel Tomkins, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Chris Wyles, 10 Charlie Hodgson, 9 Neil de Kock, 8 Ernst Joubert, 7 Will Fraser, 6 Jackson Wray, 5 Mouritz Botha, 4 Steve Borthwick (capt), 3 Petrus du Plessis, 2 John Smit, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Carlos Nieto, 19 George Kruis, 20 Jacques Burger, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Duncan Taylor, 23 David Strettle.

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