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Young looks ahead to Irish clash

London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young previews this weekend’s game against London Irish at Adams Park (Saturday, 15.00).

With his side desperate for Aviva Premiership points, Young’s cause was not helped this week with the news that stand-in skipper Marco Wentzel and experienced centre Riki Flutey are both likely to be out for the rest of the season. It’s the latest in a long line of injuries at the Club this year but Young says he won’t be dwelling on the team’s bad luck.

“Clearly we have been seriously affected by a huge number of injuries and it is quite unprecedented when you start adding up the number of surgeries the squad has had to contend with alone. We have examined extremely carefully every single aspect of our training to make sure that there are no contributing factors in that respect but the simple fact is that the majority of our injuries are impact injuries in games and you just have to sometimes put that down to cruel luck. I am not one to sit down to dwell on that kind of luck, we’ve got to just work as hard as we can with the players who are fit and keep improving to get the points we all desperately want.”

Young is expecting a huge challenge from local rivals London Irish.

“I was very impressed with London Irish last weekend despite their loss. They have some excellent power runners who can break tackles and make your defence work incredibly hard so we can afford few slip-ups.”

In a week where experienced campaigners Hugo Southwell and Tim Payne signed contract extensions at the Club, Young was also full of praise of his current squad.

“I am proud of what I am getting from the lads who are fit and out there working hard day in day out. We are not where we are in the league from lack of desire or effort and we have got to keep working hard to turn the results around. We have six league games left and we are targeting six wins. If you don’t do that you may as well throw in the towel and we certainly won’t be doing that.”

Young also heaped praise on the London Wasps supporters, who he says have been outstanding in his first year with the squad.

“I genuinely am hugely impressed with the Wasps fans. I know how easy it would be not get that support in a season which has been disappointing results wise and it is credit to the intelligence of our supporters that they understand some of the reasons behind this and stay with us. I hope we can get them a reward on Saturday.”

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