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Young's reviews current progress

Dai Young looks ahead to Sunday’s game against London Welsh and reflects on a successful opening two weekends of European action.

Young led his Wasps charges to two bonus point victories in the first two games of the Amlin Challenge Cup and they head into another round of Aviva Premiership action against London Welsh this Sunday in a first ever league meeting between the two sides.

“It was good to get the maximum points from both of our games in the past couple of weekends and it was also a chance to give game time to players who needed it and rest those who had bumps and bruises and needed a break. It’s nice to come back in on a positive note this week.”

Wasps are now on a run of three wins in a row, having beaten Worcester in their last Aviva Premiership outing but Young says London Welsh present a tough challenge.

“London Welsh have surprised a lot of people in the last few months but they haven’t surprised me at all. I always felt with someone like Lyn Jones there that they would be very competitive. He is the kind of coach that thrives leading a team with an underdog status and he knows how to get the best of players in that situation. We know that if we play to our potential we are a hard team to beat at home but we need to do that otherwise we will be punished.”

Young also reflected on the Aviva A league which is coming to an end, with Wasps having won just one of their five games so far.

“When the new board is in place, I want to sit down with them and discuss what our strategy is as a Club around our A team as we have obviously struggled to field competitive sides. My philosophy is not to hold any players back and any of our squad players who are fit, play in the A games along with any bench players who didn’t play over 20 minutes the weekend before that game. But we have a small squad of around 35 players and it has been incredibly difficult to get the numbers we need together to do well in the competition and it’s frustrating because results like Monday night's are not good enough for the name of London Wasps. The Club needs to sit down and look at that because it isn’t working for us and at the moment. Unfortunately the fact is that our Academy players are not ready for the next year or two at least to play at that level so we’ve got to turn to other Clubs to loan us players and that has been difficult."

Young adds that getting back in front of the Adams Park crowd is something the players have been looking forward to.

"As I have always said, your home games are vitally important and this weekend is no different. Coming off the back of three wins a return to Adams Park has come at the right time for us. Playing in front of a vocal Adams Park crowd is always a source of encouragement for the team."

Young also reflected on the news this week that he would lead the Barbarians next summer.

“I was very pleased to be asked to do it again and it will be something special in the summer but I want to be clear that my only focus between now and then is London Wasps. With the Barbarians I’ll only really have around three meetings before the tour itself with the committee and so on so it’s not something that will take me away from my day job. It will be special to play the Lions in Hong Kong and to face England again but it’s a long way off.”

Tickets for this Sunday's clash against London Welsh are still available. To secure your place at the game visit the Online Ticket Office or call the Ticket Office Hotline on 0844 225 2990.

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