Tommy Taylor and James Gaskell meet fans in Leamington

Tommy Taylor and James Gaskell sprung a surprise at a Leamington pub ahead of the club’s game with Harlequins last weekend.

The pair popped into the Fox & Vivian pub on Clarendon Avenue to greet fans, before catching a coach with 60 of them to the Ricoh Arena.

Tommy and James – both currently side-lined through injury – embarked on the trip to thank Old Leamingtonians Rugby Club for co-ordinating regular coach journeys to take fellow members and other fans from Leamington to the Ricoh Arena for Wasps home games.

The players also took part in a light-hearted question and answer session on the coach, where it was revealed James Haskell allegedly has the worst dress sense and Joe Simpson is the pre-match motivator. 

Tommy said: “Myself and some of the lads sometimes come to the Fox & Vivian for some food during our downtime in the week, so it was great to pop in again and meet all of the fans.

“To have supporters laying on their own transport initiatives such as this one should be recognised, and also shows the strong support that the club has in the area.

“Being out of the match day squad through injury is tough to take, so to see so many excited faces and feel like you’re making a difference to a family’s day provides an added boost from a personal point of view.”

Wasps are next in action at the Ricoh Arena for their 150th anniversary game against Bath on Sunday, 1 October (3pm kick-off).

Tickets for Wasps v Bath can be purchased from www.wasps.co.uk/tickets and start from £23 for adults, while under-10s go free in certain categories.