Australia international Kurtley Beale will make his Wasps debut against Connacht on Sunday after seven months out through injury.
Beale agreed to join Wasps on 13 May, but suffered a serious knee injury less than a day later while playing for New South Wales Waratahs in Super Rugby.
The 27-year-old, who has 60 caps for Australia, will start at inside centre in the European Champions Cup tie.
Joe Launchbury and Nathan Hughes also return to bolster the Wasps pack.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young says Beale, who is the Premiership’s best paid player, has been training with the squad for three weeks and that they have to be patient with him.
“It will naturally take him a bit of time to get up to speed with our patterns and to return to match-sharpness,” said Young.
“But he is a world-class talent who has looked hugely skilful in training and we are all excited to have him back and ready to play for Wasps.”
Christian Wade starts on the wing after recovering from a foot injury, while Rob Miller returns to full-back, having filled in at fly-half against Worcester last week for Danny Cipriani, who is still sidelined by a calf injury.
Ireland internationals Niyi Adeolokun, Kieran Marmion, Ultan Dillane all return to the starting XV for reigning Pro12 champions and Pool 2 leaders Connacht.
Wasps are second in Pool 2, two points behind Sunday’s opponents.
The game is the first of two back-to-back matches against the Irish side.
Wasps: Miller, Wade, Leiua, Beale, Bassett, Gopperth, Robson, Mullan, Taylor, Moore, Launchbury (capt), Myall, Johnson, Young, Hughes.
Replacements: Rieder, Bristow, Cooper-Woolley, Gaskell, Thompson, Simpson, Macken, Halai.
Connacht: O’Halloran, Adeolokun, Ili, Aki, Kelleher, Carty, Marmion, Buckley, McCartney, Carey, Dillane, Roux, Fox-Matamua, Heenan, Muldoon (capt).
Replacements: Heffernan, Cooney, Bealham, O’Brien, McKeon, Blade, Parata, Robb.
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