If 19-year-old Will Robinson gets the nod to join the action tomorrow from the bench in the LV=Cup game against Exeter, it will fulfil a long-held dream for the young fly-half.
Robinson, a Wasps fan his whole life, has never played at Adams Park, and says if he gets the call from the bench, he will be hugely proud.
“I have been a fan for a long time and I’ve watched some brilliant games at Adams Park down through the years. Whenever I get the chance to play there it will be very special for me.”
Robinson, who last year represented England U18s, moved into the Wasps Academy squad this season having successfully come through the club's Academy Apprenticeship programme. He became the first player at the Club to graduate from that scheme into the senior side when he played against Worcester in the LV=Cup earlier this season.
The promising number 10, joined the Club in 2005 as an EPDC (now SOR) level player whilst attending Whitgift School and in September 2009 and made the decision to join the Academy Apprenticeship which required him to leave Whitgift and further his rugby and academic development at Twyford High School.
That decision now looks to be paying off as he looks to add to his first senior appearance this weekend.
“I played at Blackheath when I was younger and then went on and developed my game with Whitgift. It was a tough decision to move but it was the right one for me and I would recommend the Apprenticeship programme to anyone. It is a very challenging programme but it’s fantastic because even though you’re young you get to live almost like a professional. You fit in your study around training and you play during the week so you have to put everything into it. I’ve been lucky to work with the likes of Rob Smith, Chris Lloyd, Ian Taplin and Mark Lock who have all made a massive difference to my game.”
The player, who in recent weeks turned 19, says he is also now getting plenty of support from his senior team-mates.
“I’ve been getting a lot of help from the guys like Ryan (Davis), Hugo (Southwell) and Chris (Mayor) who are all experienced backs. I like to play a kicking game and get the team into good territory so I have been working hard on that aspect of my game with those guys. My main aim at the moment is just to get my head down and work hard and hopefully in the future I will be pushing for the Wasps number 10 shirt.”
Robinson is named on the bench for tomorrow's game at Adams Park. To secure your place call 0844 225 2990 or book online here.