Wasps kick start a block of four league games this weekend against defending champions Saracens and then host Exeter at Adams Park the following week. After a trip to Sale they then welcome London Irish to High Wycombe and Young says a large crowd at these key matches can make a massive difference.
“It’s my first season in the Aviva Premiership and one thing I have been really impressed with is the large crowds when we go away who make visiting venues very daunting. I don’t think you can underestimate what an impact a large crowd on away teams can have and I would love it if we could create a really tough atmosphere for Saracens, Exeter and London Irish, three huge games for us. We have had some really great crowds this year who have been brilliant at getting behind us and making as much noise as possible, but I suppose this is an appeal to any fans who might just come to the odd game. I am well aware that times are tough for people at the moment but if we can get a large vocal crowd down here to back-up the fans who come week in week out it could make a huge difference.”
Wasps go into the game on the back of a disappointing result in Northampton the LV=Cup last weekend but Young believes his side will be fresh going into action against Saracens this Sunday.
“I don’t think last weekend’s result is relevant because when you look at the side that played it’s fair to say it was a second-string one for the most part. This week I believe we’ll be able to put out our strongest side in a while. Guys like Nick Robinson, Marco Wentzel, and Richard Birkett are all back after absences and this week we’ve talked long and hard as a group about the need to pull together move forward. The LV=Cup gave us a chance to rest some guys who had played more than we would have liked and they have come back this week fresh and hungry.”
There could also be some relatively new faces in the side at Adams Park this weekend with recent additions such as Tom Prydie, Paul Emerick and Lee Robinson all in contention to make the squad.
“We’ve added seven players to the squad in the past few months. It might look drastic but that’s how we have had to deal with the number of players out. What it has given is better competition for places as well as a much bigger squad to train with which has at times been a problem this season.”
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