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Mayor looking forward to winging it

Chris Mayor will start on the wing for tomorrow night’s game against Newport Gwent Dragons and he says that despite considering himself a centre, he is happy to play anywhere for Director of Rugby Dai Young.

“The one thing I have always said throughout my career is that ideally I want to be playing in the centre but if I’m picked on the wing I’ll go there no questions asked. I want to play as many games as possible and I’ve played plenty of my rugby throughout my playing career on the wing.”

Mayor, who joined Wasps this summer after stints with Sale, Northampton and Gran Parma, was handed the captain’s armband last weekend for the first round of the LV=Cup against Worcester.

Young sent a team to Sixways leaning towards youth with seven players making their competitive Wasps’ debut, but Mayor says he was very proud of his charges, who came up just one point short in an entertaining game.

“Some people think that being named captain for a game isn’t really much, but personally it was nice as it shows what people think of you at the club and for the coaches to believe I was the right person to lead the team away against a decent Worcester side, made me very proud. We were really unlucky not to snatch the win at the end and I thought a team with a lot of inexperience fronted up really well.”

Tomorrow night Mayor is part of a more settled experienced Wasps line-up, with a number of front-line players returning along with some of the World Cup players who were away the last few months. Having played in this competition in various guises down through the years, he is in no doubt of its benefit.

“I have played in this competition before, and it’s a good opportunity for players to put their hands up. You might be second or third choice with great potential you might be struggling to show it without much game time so it’s a great competition to nurture players through at a very good standard.”

This is an extract from Chris Mayor's feature interview in tomorrow night's match programme which is for sale around the ground from £3.

To secure your place at the game between London Wasps and Newport Gwent Dragons, Saturday, October 22, 19.45 KO, call 0844 225 2990 or book online here.