Bradley Davies not getting carried away ahead of Ricoh opener

This week we sat down with Welsh lock Bradley Davies as the squad prepare for Sunday’s debut fixture at the Ricoh Arena.

Wasps trained at their new home on Tuesday this week in front of over 300 school children from the local area as they got a chance to acclimatise to their new surroundings in Coventry. There’s a clear excitement within the group as they prepare to play the opening game in front of a 27,000 strong crowd but Bradley Davies says that the team are not going to get overtaken by the size of the occasion.

“It’s a new beginning for Wasps as a Club. Obviously ticket sales are going really well, it’s a fantastic stadium and it’s going to be fantastic to go and play there in front of a big crowd so there’s a bit of a buzz among the boys at the moment.”

“Some of us are lucky enough to have played in big stadiums, in big games but some of the guys here may not have so this weekend will be a big occasion. To get that sort of attendance for a league game against London Irish in the middle of the season is amazing. Everyone is going to be buzzing to play in front of 27,00 plus fans. We just want to do as well as we can to keep those fans coming back!”

“It can be quite easy to get carried away with everything that is going on off the field and it could be a bit of a distraction but for us there is a real determination to do ourselves proud this weekend. We pride ourselves on our home performances and we have to make the Ricoh Arena into a fortress. We did that at Adams Park, not many teams came there and beat us, and we want to do that at our new home. We have to make it a difficult place to come and play for other sides and somewhere that we enjoy playing. We are mid table at the moment and a couple of wins would get us right back up there in the top six.”

Wasps go into this Sunday’s game on the back of two good bonus-point wins over Castres in the European Champions Cup and Davies says those two results are a huge boost for the men in black and gold.

“Going into the first game against Castres a lot of people had already written us off in terms of not qualifying out of our group and we had a bit of a monkey on our back not winning away for a while. The first game and the bonus-point win got rid of all of that and we then backed that up last week with another bonus-point win, which gives us something to look forward to going into the new year with rounds five and six. There’s some big games ahead of us but we now have some big Premiership games in the next few weeks.”

After a time on the sidelines through injury at the start of the season, Davies has become a regular fixture in the side in recent weeks and, after a period away with his country during the Autumn, he says he is loving playing week-in-week-out again.

“When you turn up to a new club injured it’s never a good start but I’ve been able to bed in slowly and now I’ve had five eighty minutes on the bounce now, which I haven’t done for a long time and I’m starting to get some consistency in my game which is great. I’m focused on finishing the year strong and going into the new year with some good game time under my belt.”

Tickets for Wasps matches at the Ricoh Arena against London Irish on Sunday 21st December and Sale Sharks on 4th January can be purchased on reception at the Ricoh Arena, online here or by calling the Wasps ticketline on 0844 847 1867.