Cannon out to prove a point in the LV=Cup

James Cannon says that the players involved this weekend are looking to use the LV=Cup as a springboard for Aviva Premiership selection.

With the likes of Joe Launchbury and Bradley Davies ahead of him in the pecking order, James Cannon has been forced to feature in cameo roles so far this season but, with the dawn of this year’s LV=Cup competition comes an opportunity to stake his claim for more regular involvement.

“They [the LV=Cup games] are a massive opportunity for everyone. The squad has been fairly settled across the board for the last two or three weeks, especially for the European competition, so it is a good chance for guys who have been on the fringe to get out there, try to impress and get back in the mix for the next round of Aviva Premiership fixtures coming up. Everyone wants to play as much as they can, that’s what training is all geared towards. You get better as a player by playing so it’s a great chance to get some game time against good opposition.”

Wasps travel to Salford this Saturday, having faced Sale Sharks in the Aviva Premiership just four weeks ago. That fact has not eluded Cannon, who is keen to put that result right this weekend.

“We were up at Sale only four or five weeks ago and we didn’t get the result we wanted after not a particularly good performance. We need to go up there this weekend and put in a better performance than we did in the last game there and hopefully that will be enough to get us the result.”

Cannon will be one of the senior players in the side on Saturday, calling the lineout, and he says that he enjoys taking on that responsibility.

“It’s good to take on more of a leadership role in the side but there will be plenty of other players with good experience in the team, with lots of premiership games under their belts so there will be a good leadership group.”

Finally, he hopes that a good performance from the side this weekend will provide the springboard for a number of them to be involved when Wasps return to Aviva Premiership action.

"Hopefully a good performance will carry a lot of weight. On the flip side, a poor performance will drastically reduce your chances of selection in the Premiership games so everyone is desperate to do well and really stake a claim for a spot when we play London Welsh back at Adams Park."