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Lindsay loving sharp learning curve

We catch up with Wasps hooker Tom Lindsay who has made a promising start to the season with nine appearances so far.

With the 24-year-old vying for the number 2 shirt with experienced Welsh hooker, T Rhys Thomas, who arrived over the summer from Cardiff Blues, Lindsay is more than happy with his contribution to date, with youngster Nathan Morris also waiting in the wings.

"I feel like I have done well so far but it is not one of these things where you know that you will have the shirt next week regardless so you have to keep producing that performance week in week out to keep hold of it. It has been really good, I have enjoyed it but I know my performances have not yet been 100%. I’m still not doing everything that I want to be doing in every area so I have to keep getting better."

Lindsay says there is a healthy battle for the shirt with Thomas, who has become an important part of his development this season.

“Every week when the team is announced there is a bit of excitement and nerves about whether you are going to be in the starting team because whenever TR plays he has played really well. It makes you extremely proud to be wearing that shirt, to have your name on the back of that shirt when you know that you have truly earned it.”

“Before TR came in during the summer I spoke to Dai about everything and it was clear that TR and I would need to form a strong relationship through the season. We have done that really well and I have a great relationship with him. He is an experienced player and someone I have been able to talk to loads about different techniques in certain areas.”

In his time with the Club, Lindsay has been up against a number of well-versed competitors in terms of the starting jersey, and he says that the knowledge he has picked up from those players has been invaluable.

“I have been really lucky here with the hookers I have worked with as a young player. When Rob Webber was here I learned a lot from him and he has obviously gone on to be selected for England, even though he is unfortunately injured. I also had Joe Ward who taught me a few of the dark arts! Before that I had Raphael Ibanez, one of the greatest hookers to have ever played rugby, so it has been brilliant to pick things up from those players and put my own spin on things."

London Wasps go into this weekend’s Aviva Premiership fixture against Saracens on the back of four wins in a row in all competitions and Lindsay says that the team is in a good place but understand the challenge that they face.

“We have taken a lot of confidence from the last four games, winning them all. There are obviously things for us to work on but there is a general sense that we are very close to, rather than scratching wins against sides, really breaking them. The coaches are putting us in the right places but now we as players have to take some responsibility and really push it home.”

“We haven’t won four on the bounce for about two years and to get bonus points from the last three of those puts us in a decent place in both the Amlin Challenge Cup and the Aviva Premiership. We have to make sure we are in the present, and this weekend is going to be very tough playing the team second in the table. We have to get all of our basics right and play in the right areas.”

He adds that there is an air of confidence around the training ground at the moment.

“We are taking a lot of confidence from the number of tries we have scored in the past couple of weeks into this weekend, knowing that we have the players out wide who can score those points, but we have to put them in the position to be able to do that. Saracens are a very very good side and we have got to be effective and clinical or we will be punished."

The forward pack he said, needed to step up this weekend.

“On a personal note the pack have a lot to prove after last weekend because we just didn’t get to where we wanted to be. We are hurting a little bit at the moment as a group of forwards but I think we are all looking forward to proving a point this weekend. We know that Saracens are looking to strengthen their position in the top four and we are always looking to move up the table. If both sides turn up and play to their full potential at the weekend it could be one hell of a game.”