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McIntyre aims to keep up momentum

After three consecutive starts and two well-taken tries against Worcester Warriors in both the LV=Cup and Aviva Premiership, we caught up with young prop Simon McIntyre.

McIntyre started on Sunday in the crucial win against Leicester Tigers and is going from strength to strength as a player, reflected by his increased game time on the pitch.

"I am really enjoying getting game time; I’m getting a chance at the moment through other injuries too. I think we are playing an expansive game which gives the forwards a chance to run with the ball which is reflected in our results, especially at the weekend against Leicester. This is all very positive for us".

In a fairly recent decision, McIntyre has switched positions from tight to loose-head. He recognises that the learning curve is steep but the support network in place means he has plenty of advice going his way.

"My change in position is going well, I’m still learning all the time and getting used to it. I played loose-head earlier on in my career but at this level it’s really different to when you are younger and can get away with little mistakes. So I’m still learning, but it’s brilliant because I have the best people to learn from, whether it is Trevor Woodman, Dai Young or Tim Payne. Tim is really good with me; he always comes to me with advice and helps me out. When you can learn from someone with that much experience it does you the world of good".

After a spirited display by the front row against Leicester in the Pemiership it is clear that the London Wasps pack are quickly becoming a force not to underestimate.

"There are a lot of new members in the squad and I think some of the recruitment has been really good. For example, Phil Swainston played really well at the weekend. It is still quite a young front row at the moment, and we are all learning together but it’s really starting to come together. The scrum is starting to pick up and we are beginning to win penalties there. I think the overall perception of our scrum is becoming more positive with the referees so we are quite happy with it, but obviously we still need to keep improving, there are things we can be doing better".

With Wasps having won six games from six at home, expectations are higher for the team and on the players as individuals at Adams Park. But McIntyre is certain that everything is heading in the right direction.

"Personally I would just like to be playing as much as possible, but from a team point of view we want to be looking up as opposed to looking behind us, that is the main thing. Everybody wants the club to be successful, and from our point of view it’s what is happening on the pitch that is important. We want to keep on winning and keep the momentum going at home and start to pick up results away too – that is the one aspect we are looking at, starting this weekend".

McIntyre joined Wasps last season and has made 22 appearances in the time since. Rugby has been a big part of his life from an early age and moving to London has only increased his determination to improve as a player.

"I started playing at quite a young age. I was a hyper little kid which suggested rugby would be good for me, and I haven’t really looked back since. I had a club quite close to where I used to live and progressed through the grassroots schemes which are so good in this country. Being a young man in the capital city is brilliant – there is so much to do. I am trying not to get too carried away with it all so I can stay focused. The atmosphere was simply brilliant during the Olympics, and I was disappointed that I didn’t get a chance to go. I would have loved to watch the 100m, I’m not particularly built for speed so I would have loved to watch it, it was such a spectacle".

London Wasps face Bayonne on December 13 in a key Amlin Challenge Cup game in their next home game at Adams Park. To secure your place call 0844 225 2990 or book online here.

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