Bell raring to go after tough pre-season

We caught up with Chris Bell ahead of the first pre-season fixture this Sunday against London Welsh at Adams Park.

With seven weeks’ worth of hard graft under their belts, Chris Bell says that the squad are chomping at the bit for this weekend’s pre-season fixture.

“Pre-season is always very difficult. The first few weeks are about getting your body to where you were before and then hopefully pushing yourself a bit further so that you are better prepared than the previous season. Games are ultimately what the whole pre-season has been about and we have worked really hard for this so everyone’s really excited about the return of fixtures. There are a number of new players in the squad this year so this first game will be a pretty special occasion for them, pulling on a Wasps jersey for the first time and running out at Adams Park. For the guys who were here last year it will be a great opportunity to get some rugby under our belts, and to play two games at Adams Park, in front of our own fans, is a real bonus.”

Wasps finished on a high last season, grabbing the last spot in the newly-formed European Rugby Champions Cup with a double win over Stade Francais. After a well-deserved break, Bell says that the squad are looking forward to getting back into the kind of form they showed at the back-end of last season.

“Most of us haven’t played since that last game in Paris so this game will probably be a work-in-progress, blowing out a few cobwebs and getting our structures in place in a competitive environment, but ultimately we want to win. We go into every game wanting to perform well and that will be no different for this game. It is billed as a friendly but in rugby there’s no such thing. We will have to bring physicality and we’ll be looking to develop the kind of accuracy we showed at the end of last season.”

Bell says that facing London Welsh is a great way to kick-start the season, Welsh having recruited well over the off-season to add another local rival to the London mix.

“We have obviously done a lot of training and we are looking sharp out on the training pitch but match intensity is a very different thing. London Welsh have recruited very well over the summer, adding to what was a very good squad in the Championship, so it will be a really good way to kick off the season. It’s great to have another London team back in the Aviva Premiership. We often bump into London Welsh players when away from the Club so it is a great rivalry to have and we are all looking forward to the game.”

Tickets for the game against London Welsh are available to purchase online at www.wasps.co.uk/tickets.