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Young on Thomas injury & Bayonne clashes

London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young gives his view on the long term injury to Lee Thomas and the back to back Amlin Challenge Cup clashes against Bayonne

Wasps go to France on the back of disappointing news that centre Lee Thomas will miss the rest of the season having ruptured his Achilles in Exeter last weekend.

Young said: “We are bitterly disappointed to lose Lee who was really starting to find his feet in a Wasps shirt. I thought he was excellent against Leicester and played very well against Exeter until he was forced off and it’s a big blow to lose him for so long. We really feel for him as I know he was thoroughly enjoying his first few months here but we will have to focus on getting him back fit and ready for next season. He is a good character and once he is over the disappointment of being injured he’ll be an important guy to have around with all of his experience.”

Young oversaw a trip to Bayonne last season where he watched his perform well but just come up short and he believes the trip this weekend will be just as big a challenge.

“It’s always hard to go to France and get a result because the French teams are so strong at home. There is huge quality in their squad and they will back themselves at home to get a result again this year against on their own turf. There are some world-class stars in their team and if we give them an inch they have the ability to really hurt us. But if we can go there and get a result it would be huge and it would set us up very well for the return leg next Thursday night.”

Wasps sit a point clear at the top of the group and with clashes to come against Mogliano and Newport Gwent Dragons, Young is taking nothing for granted.

“Mogliano at home is a game we will be targeting a bonus point in but the away game at Rodney Parade is a tricky contest. We can’t get ahead of ourselves and think about those games in January yet though – there’s a big job to do against Bayonne over the next week.”

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