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Launchbury looking to make up for lost time

Joe Launchbury tells us how desperate he is to get as much action as possible for the rest of the season having missed four months through injury.

The young Wasps forward, who made a positive cameo off the bench last weekend, has recovered from the injury which saw him miss a large part of the season having impressed hugely in the earlier games.

In fact the 20-year-old also made an impression on England’s management and was rewarded with a place in the current Saxons squad.

For him though it’s about grabbing as much game time as possible in the remaining games.

“I was pleased to come on last weekend and I think the replacements in general made a positive contribution even though ultimately it wasn’t enough. The hardest thing about the final few minutes of last weekend was that we felt we had been banging on the door for a good ten minutes and we came up short. It was hugely frustrating but I suppose the thing you can say from the past two games is that we’ve lost by less than six points against two top five sides. We are not a million miles away from turning those narrow losses into wins.”

Though missing four months with injury, Launchbury feels he is very well placed to make a positive impact in all of the upcoming games.

“I feel very good right now personally and in many ways the injury had some positives for me for the rest of my body. It is my first year of real professional rugby playing week in week out so I used the time to strengthen up some other areas of my body but regardless of that I am itching to get back playing. I hate not playing and I have hated almost every minute of having to watch on the sidelines whether it was playing or training. Now that I am back I want to play as much as I can for the rest of the games”

With the team lying in 11th place in the league, he adds that the squad are under no illusions about what needs to be done.

“People know exactly what the job in hand is. In the Premiership we are looking at seven huge games – each one a bit like a Cup final. The dressing room is still positive and we have good morale and belief in each other and that’s what we need to keep with if we’re going to get the wins we need."

"We absolutely do understand how frustrated our supporters must be at the moment and I suppose what I would like them to know is that the players are feeling it just the same. Every loss hurts and after last weekend in particular, the way the game ended, everyone was shattered and absolutely gutted. We are taking the results very personally and it is important that our fans know that their support for us in a testing time is massively important.”