Dai Young Match Day Welcome

For Wasps fans unable to join us for our final game at Adams Park, you can read Director of Rugby Dai Young's match day programme notes here, so you can share in the farewell.

On behalf of the playing squad, I would like to welcome David Darricarrere and the Castres Olympique team, their travelling supporters and our Wasps fans, for our last match here at Adams Park.

It’s the end of an era - the Club has enjoyed some great times here at Adams Park, we have also experienced some difficult times, but everyone will look back on our time in High Wycombe with happy memories.

The players will be fully focussed on the 80 minutes of rugby ahead of them today, but we appreciate this is a significant occasion for our supporters, as well as a significant game of rugby.

It’s a huge match for us in Europe. We were really pleased with the bonus point win in the South of France last Sunday, but we know the job is only half done. An away win last week means nothing if we don’t back it up here today.

I think the score flattered us a little last weekend, but we were able to pull away during the last 10-15 minutes. Castres have some really good individual players and if it clicks for them, they could be really dangerous. I’m expecting Castres to really give it their best shot today and if we’re not concentrating fully for 80 mins, this could be a banana skin for us.

Coming into these two European matches, I always said we would need to win both to have a realistic chance of progressing. Obviously, we’ll also need to do well in our final two pool games, but certainly a win today would keep us in there fighting, with two games to go.

It would be nice to sign off at Adams Park with a great performance and a great win. It would be a fitting way to thank all our fans for all the support they’ve shown over the years.

We are saying goodbye to Adams Park, but we’re hoping we’re not saying goodbye to supporters, as we hope many of you will come with us. We will do everything in our power on the pitch to encourage our fans to come with us and watch us at the Ricoh Arena.

I know our supporters have had a couple of lean years and they have stuck by us through thick and thin. I am excited about the future and am confident Wasps are moving in the right direction as a squad and as a Club and that we have successful years ahead of us - our supporters deserve to be a part of that and enjoy the good times ahead.