This weekend, Wasps face Stade Francais in the first game of the two-legged qualification for next season’s European Rugby Champions Cup. With a host of international stars in Stade Francais’ ranks, including the likes of Sergio Parisse, Digby Ioane, Morne Steyn, Julien Dupuy and Jule Plisson, the French side will prove tough opponents for Dai Young’s men, standing in the way of them and qualification for Europe’s top table.
Wasps will go into this weekend’s first leg against Stade Francais on the back of a disappointing defeat to Northampton Saints. Davies acknowledges the nature of that result but says that the team must put that to the back of their minds and re-focus on two huge games ahead.
“Last weekend’s game is one that is hard to forget and explain; we let ourselves and the Club down. You can either let it get you down or use the feelings that we had after the game to motivate us for the next couple of weeks. We have to now focus on two massive games for the Club and make sure we get the results that we need.”
Before joining Wasps in 2010, Davies spent time in Paris with Stade Francais and says that he is looking forward to taking on some of the players he rubbed shoulder with in the Academy there.
“There are quite a few players that are still at Stade Francais from my days playing there. I’ve been watching their last few games and a lot of the younger players that I was in the Academy with have been coming through and doing well. I am really looking forward to seeing some of them as I haven’t really seen any of them since my time there in the 2009/10 season.”
“They have changed as a team since I have played there, but watching their clips recently it is clear that they have a good power game, a big set of forwards and a very dangerous set of backs. They have stars across the board so they will be dangerous all over the park and can cut teams apart, so we’ve got to be on top our game this weekend to match them.”
Tickets for the first leg of the European Rugby Champions Cup play-off are on sale from the Wasps Ticket Office. Secure your place now by visiting wasps.co.uk/tickets