Director of Rugby/ Head Coach: Dai Young
Captain: Joe Launchbury
Stadium: Ricoh Arena (Capacity: 32,609)
Last Season: 3rd
Wasps played some good rugby at times last season. The Coventry based club have been through a lot including moving home from Adams Park in Wycombe to Coventry.
They have some seriously impressive backs such as Christian Wade whose speed is just incredible, the young centre Elliott Daly is also a massively talented player. Dan Robson has become an exceptional scrum-half and even overtaken Joe Simpson in the Wasps pecking order.
Wasps eagerness to play expansive rugby is admirable and the way they use their playmaker to open space is remarkable. The wide spaces are there to attack and Wasps do this perfectly using the power of Halai and the pace of Wade.
The balanced midfield last term was perfect however the recruitment of Kyle Eastmond and Kurtley Beale suggests a move away from a 12 in the mould of the now retired Ben Jacobs or international Siale Piutau.
THREE TO WATCH
Position: Number Eight Nationality: English Age: 25 Height: 1.96m Weight: 125kg
Hughes is a key man for Wasps at the line-out and open play. The number eight can make metres for the Wasps using his frightening turn of pace. His ability to change a game make him invaluable.
His incredible form has seen him called up to the England squad after qualifying on residency in July although Eddie Jones sees the giant Wasp as more of a flanker than a number eight.
Willie le Roux
Position: Fullback Nationality: South African Age: 27 Height: 1.85m Weight: 90kg
The Springbok star joins Wasps on a short term deal and as currently one of the best counter attacking fullbacks on the planet along with Israel Dagg, Israel Folau and Stuart Hogg. He has electric feet and blistering pace.
le Roux also has quality in the air with a great ability at diffusing a situation using his powerful legs to control the skies.
Position: Wing Nationality: English Age: 25 Height: 1.73m Weight: 86kg
The winger is absolute pace and his speed has seen him on the peripheries of England on more than one occasion. He can beat defenders one on one no problem and his appetite for scoring tries is insatiable.
Defending remains a concern but make no mistake Wade is still brilliantly exciting as ever and he remains a constant threat.
Guy Armitage (London Welsh, ENG)
Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs, AUS)
Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks, ENG)
Tom Cruse (London Irish, ENG)
Nick de Luca (Biarritz Olympique, FRA)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby, ENG)
Marcus Garratt (Cornish Pirates, ENG)
Craig Hampson (Bristol Rugby, ENG)
Wille le Roux (Natal Sharks, SAF)
Marty Moore (Leinster, IRE)
Matt Symons (London Irish, ENG)
Tommy Taylor (Sale Sharks, ENG)
Tom Woolstencroft (Bath Rugby, ENG)
Lorezo Cittadini (Bayonne, FRA)
Bradley Davies (Ospreys, WAL)
James Downey (Retired, RET)
Carlo Festuccia (Zebre, ITA)
Ruaridh Jackson (Harlequins, ENG)
Ben Jacobs (Retired, RET)
Alex Lozowski (Saracens, ENG)
Andrea Masi (Retired, RET)
Charles Piutau (Ulster, IRE)
Ed Shervington (Retired, RET)
George Smith (Suntory Sungoliath, JAP and Queensland Reds, AUS)
Jamie Stevenson (London Scottish)
Two signings from the southern hemisphere stand out in the shape of le Roux and Beale adding real star quality. Danny Cipriani is also an impressive coup for the club. In the pack England hooker Taylor and Ireland prop Moore should bring some stability to the scrum and Symons is brilliant in the air. Furthermore captures of de Luca and Eastmond add depth to an already frightening backline.
The departures of George Smith and Piutau will hurt as they were by far their best players last season. Davies will also be a loss and it is sad to see Masi, Jacobs and Downey into retirement. The losses of fly-half duo Jackson and Lozowski could hurt Wasps.
My Wasps 23
15 Willie le Roux 14 Christian Wade 13 Elliott Daly 12 Kurtley Beale 11 Frank Halai 10 Danny Cipriani 9 Dan Robson
1 Matt Mullan 2 Tommy Taylor 3 Jake Cooper-Wooley 4 Joe Launchbury (Captain) 5 Matt Symons 6 James Haskell 7 Thomas Young 8 Nathan Hughes
16 Ashley Johnson 17 Simon McIntyre 18 Marty Moore 19 James Gaskell 20 Sam Jones 21 Joe Simpson 22 Jimmy Gopperth 23 Sailosi Tagicakibau
Wasps will be deadly in attack but defence could prove to be a problem.