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Young: Cardiff clash just another game

This Friday night will be something of a homecoming for Dai Young, who spent almost ten years in charge at Cardiff Blues, but the Wasps Director of Rugby won’t let nostalgia get in the way of what should be a highly competitive LV=Cup game.

With his 20-year-old son Thomas also in the frame to line out opposite Wasps in Cardiff colours on Friday night, Young could be forgiven for not knowing which way to look.

“It will be a bit strange alright going down there and playing against my old side, but once the game gets going it’s like any other,” he said.

“I expect Cardiff to name a strong side for the game because they are looking to get some momentum after a few losses and they’ll see this competition as a good way to get that going again.”

“Thomas is making his way in the Cardiff set-up and like any Dad I’m very proud every time he’s involved in a game, but I’ll congratulate him afterwards if he plays on Friday. My wife and my parents will definitely be supporting him and not Wasps this time anyway!”

Young would like to use the LV=Cup as a competition to blood a number of young and emerging Wasps players, but with five players unavailable due to international call-ups this weekend and another seven currently out with injury, his hands are tied somewhat on selection.

“We don’t have the luxury of resting a lot of players to be honest. We have a very small squad and with a lot of players unavailable this weekend and with two retirements already this season, the job for me is to try and mix and match as best I can with the players who are here and fit. I will be giving a game to guys who haven’t started much this season but in some positions I don’t have much of a choice in giving them a break.”

“These two weeks will though give a really good opportunity to those guys who have been benching or not getting in the match-day squads so far.”

London Wasps return to Adams Park next weekend where they will face Worcester Warriors in round two of the LV=Cup. To secure your place call 0844 225 2990 or book online here.