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Cannon aiming to shine

With the first home LV=Cup home of the season looming, we caught up with lock James Cannon who is hoping to make the most of his time in the starting line-up.

With Tom Palmer and Joe Launchbury absent through international duty at the moment, Cannon started his second game of the season against Cardiff last weekend and is aiming for another chance to shine this weekend.
The 24-year old, who joined Wasps in 2010, had his season cut short last year through back injury and subsequent surgery but has made a strong recovery.

“Touch wood everything is completely fine, it was a long struggle physically and mentally but the support system at the club has been really good. The boys have been very supportive and the medical and physio staffs have been brilliant.”

After a disappointing LV=Cup opener last week, Cannon recognises the need for the team to step up, work hard and give themselves the best possible chance of qualifying for Europe.

“We were very disappointed as a group and individually. We’ve looked at the game together and have had some honest discussions. It was a game we could have won, should have won, but we didn’t put in the performance to merit winning it at all. We know we have got to turn it around, especially over the next four to five weeks which will be season defining. It is vital we win the next LV=Cup game. Everyone in the squad now sees it as a huge game, the LV=Cup competition is one we are taking very seriously as it is a route into Europe.”

Cannon is hoping to impress enough to push for a more regular starting berth in the team over the coming weeks.

“I can’t take anything for granted obviously in terms of the second row for our club as we have a fantastic selection of experienced players and young players as well. It’s great to be involved in an environment that is always pushing you and we can learn off each other which will only make us better.”

In preparation for this weekend’s clash, the giant lock admits there is work to do.

“We need to turn it around, there is no point going into our shells. We need to play rugby and go out and do what we have been doing in attack at the start of the season. Certainly our defensive efforts need to be stepped up both as individuals and in the forward pack.”

With a promising young squad and a number of tough games on the horizon Cannon admits he isn’t getting carried away or looking too far ahead.

“I’m looking no further than week by week. I just want to be involved and play as many games as I can and to be honest that is a tough challenge in itself”

London Wasps return to Adams Park this weekend where they will face Worcester Warriors in round two of the LV=Cup. To secure your place call 0844 225 2990 or book online here.

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