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Masi loving debut season at Wasps

This week we caught up with Andrea Masi who has returned to Wasps in the middle of the 6 Nations to play a part in Friday's game against Worcester.

Andrea Masi has been a recurring name on the London Wasps team sheet since his arrival over the summer,and has fitted right into life in the black and gold shirt.

The experienced Italian centre has been a crucial component to the team's revival this season and has been putting in some solid performances for his country during the 6 Nations.

In a rare moment of down time we caught up with him to see how he has been settling in and coping with the pressures of club and International rugby.

What is it like travelling back and forth at the moment? Is it really tiresome or are you happy to do it?

"I am a bit tired because of all the travelling in this period, back and forth, but it is always a pleasure to play for London Wasps so I am very happy to do it!"

How have you enjoyed the season so far playing for Wasps? Are you enjoying living here and playing here?

"Yes I am very happy. It has been one of the best seasons during my career and I love playing here and living in London. I enjoy the way we train and work and the atmosphere in the club is fantastic too. London has been a real breath of fresh air for me and although the weather is not the same as in Italy, there are so many things to do and so much to watch that I never get bored."

Are you pleased with Italy's 6 Nations so far and how do you like playing fullback?

"I definitely prefer to play centre of course! It is quite difficult to play fullback at International level when you have played centre for the whole season for your club and I find it hard. I feel physically better and more confident when I play in the centre, but in Italy we have so many centres and not many fullbacks so it is hard, and obviously I want to play for Italy so I will go wherever they want me to so long as I can play!"

"We started very well against France, playing very good rugby at a high level and the week after we were quite tired from that game still and were disappointing against Scotland. Last week against Wales was a poor game for us. We must bounce back and play as well as we can against England even though we know it will be a very tough game! I have played at Twickenham many times and I really like it, it is a beautiful stadium, maybe the best in the world but it is always hard to play in England. It will also be quite strange to play against my own teammates from Wasps!"

Back to Wasps and with a match up against Worcester at Sixways on the horizon, give us your thoughts on the Aviva Premiership, this game and the young talent there is in the Wasps backline.

"Worcester have a good team and when we played them before Christmas they impressed me with their structure so this is a tough match. There is a lot of potential here for the club and for England, and England must give some of our emerging young players an opportunity to show their abilities. A player like Christian Wade is a try machine and must be given a chance at some stage"

"Then there is Elliot Daly and I am sure he too will have a big future with England and Wasps as he is a good player at both centre and fullback and his work rate is amazing."

"'I have played in a number of leagues such as in France and in the RaboPro Direct league but I have found the Aviva Premiership to be the toughest of them all. The difference is definitely in the physicality of the game. At the end of every game you are very tired because it is so tough. The aim for every game is to impose your physicality and in France for example you play much more tactically. It is intense."

What are you future plans?

"I aim to be playing for the next World Cup for Italy in England. I think it is going to be amazing and I hope I can get selected. After that we will see!"

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