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'It could get messy' at Franklin's Gardens
WASPS go to Northampton for their final match of the Aviva Premiership season tomorrow with nothing to gain and plenty to lose.
With seventh place and two-legged showdown with Stade Francais assured, the black and golds would probably be happy to forfeit tomorrow’s trip to Franklin’s Gardens and move on.
Picking up fresh injuries ahead of the play-off is their main worry, although resting a swathe of players and suffering a 40-point pasting won’t do them much good either.
Director of rugby Dai Young said: “It’s a real balancing act now. We’ll rest anybody who is carrying any bumps and bruises because we want to pick from as close to a full squad as possible for Stade.
“But we certainly can’t rest people just for the sake of it because it could get messy.”
Young is likely to hedge his bets then, with a mix of regular starters and squad players.
He said: “It’s a good opportunity to give players a game who perhaps haven’t had as much game time as they’d like in recent weeks.”
Among those missing out are Elliot Daly and Andrea Masi, who are both carrying slight knocks.
Among the forwards, Ashley Johnson has a hand injury and could also be withdrawn while Nathan Hughes missed training early this week but is expected to be fit.
Kearnan Myall won’t recover in time and Wasps could also chose to rotate their props.
Northampton meanwhile, will want to make sure of the win to hold onto second place in the Aviva Premiership which guarantees a home semi-final.
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