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Bassett relishing first taste of European rugby

Youngster Josh Bassett is looking forward to tasting European action for the first time his his career in the coming weeks.

Having made the move from Bedford Blues to London Wasps at the start of this season, the 21-year-old has started the last four Aviva Premiership fixtures and scored his first league try for the club against Sale Sharks.

Whilst he admits it has been a big step up, Bassett says it’s also been very rewarding.

“It's been a very big step up for me having previously been playing on a part-time basis and now moving onto full-time. It has certainly been exciting and I think I have settled in quite well. The first couple of weeks were clearly going to be a big shock but all the boys have been really welcoming and it was good to get my head down and put the hard work in.”

With a number injuries to the squad, and in particular the absence of Tom Varndell, Bassett has been thrust into first team action and recognises he needs to grasp this chance with both hands.

“With Tom Varndell and Christian Wade here, the two top try scorers last season, it was always going to be tough getting one of those spots. Unfortunately Tom got injured but it was an opportunity for me that I have got to take and put my marker down. I am looking to take it one game at a time and keep building and progressing. I’ve been working hard with Dai, Stephen and Brad to see what I can work on game from game so I can get as much involvement each time and can continue to keep staying positive about my rugby."

Dai Young’s men came away with a losing bonus point at the weekend and although the result was disappointing, Bassett believes there were a number of positives to take from the game.

“For us, like every game, we are always looking to get the most we possibly can out of each match. So we saw the Saracens game as one that we could have won and looking back at it, silly mistakes lost it for us so it was disappointing. However, we have got to take the positives from it and I think we defended really well and put Saracens under a lot of pressure so we’ll work on tightening up some of the areas that were lacking and go from there. The table is so tight, a loss can see you slide two or three places but a win can see you catapult up, so every point is crucial.”

With his first taste of European rugby right around the corner, Bassett is looking forward to the challenges of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

“The next couple of weeks for me are very exciting! The most European rugby I have been involved with was back in the British and Irish Cup and it is going to be a bit of a step up from that."

"But having played against Clermont in pre-season in France, I got a glimpse of what French sides are like so it’s definitely an exciting time and it’s going to be interesting to see what it’s going to be like.”

After a Quarter Final match up with Leinster last season, Bassett believes this team have the potential and drive to go further in the competition.

“Nobody here would say that the Amlin Challenge Cup is something to take lightly. It is another opportunity to get some silverware at the end of the season which is the ultimate aim of every rugby team and I think it is a competition that Wasps are really looking to build in. With reaching the Quarter Finals last season I know everyone is wanting to keep pushing on in the right direction. It will also be a great chance for some of the newer and younger guys who haven’t featured much in our opening Premiership campaign to claim a shirt and make themselves heard this weekend and I hope I am involved."

Tickets


Watch London Wasps take on Bayonne in the Amlin Challenge Cup at Adams Park on Thursday, October 17 at 19.45 KO.

To secure your place book online at wasps.co.uk/tickets.

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