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Biarritz clash a treat for young Wasps side

Dai Young says his young charges will relish a chance to upset French favourites Biarritz when they travel to Adams Park for Saturday’s Amlin Challenge Cup Quarter-Final. (KO12.30pm)

Young is likely to name a similar side to that which beat Gloucester last weekend, a team which featured a number of youthful faces.

Included in the side was an entire backrow of players aged 20 or under, with Sam Jones (20), Billy Vunipola (19) and Joe Launcbury (20) all making a big impression while Elliot Daly and Tom Prydie (both 19) also made a mark out wide.

This weekend Young also has 20-year-old flier Christian Wade back in the mix, having completed his recovery from injury.

“We’ve had to blood a lot of young players this year and there are youngsters at Wasps already with some great experience under their belt as a result. I have no doubt they will be relishing the chance to have a crack at Biarritz on Saturday. Young players have no respect for big names and our young players showed that last week. They went out and mixed it with some really experienced Gloucester players and did a great job and I know they will relish the opportunity to do it again.”

Young said he was pleased to have Wade back in the mix for selection.

“It is a big boost because he was flying right up to his injury. He and our medical team have worked really hard to get him back. He has been trained for three weeks or so but it was a nasty injury and we didn’t want to take any risks with him. He is ready now and that’s great news for us.”

He is expecting a huge challenge at Adams Park this weekend, with Biarritz having eased some of their own league pressures with a win over Clermont last weekend.

“They are a typically dangerous French team who are very physical up front and who have some world class players who can hurt any team. They have got themselves into a better league position now and I am sure will come here with a lot of determination.”

Young said that despite the on-going pressures in the Aviva Premiership, Wasps would be targeting a morale boosting win this weekend.

“Given the players we have registered and the players out injured, we can’t make many changes to our side for the weekend but while we realise the Premiership is our bread and butter and key focus, we’ve reached a quarter-final and worked really hard to get there so we’re going to give it our very best . A home semi-final is a big incentive and the team are looking forward to welcoming another French side to Adams Park.”


Tickets for Saturdays clash are on sale now! Bookings can be be made over the telephone by calling 0844 225 2990 or book online here.

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