Press Notes - Monday 13 May

Date: 13 May 2019

Press Conference Notes

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Harlequins (kick-off 4pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Harlequins preview
• There is plenty of rivalry between the two teams. We’re two teams who both want to attack, who always get under each other’s skin, and there’s always a bit of argy-bargy and banter flying about.
• There’s a bit of history - we drew each other in Europe not so long ago, there have been a lot of games, and there have been occasions where one or the other have been cruising before the other has come back and won.
• Lots of players from each side know each other so there’ll be plenty to it.
• Our performances at The Ricoh haven’t been good enough this season and we’ve let the supporters down. This is echoed by the players too. They recognise it and they want to put it right, they want to put in a big performance to say thanks to the fans and get the result, wherever it takes us.
• We can’t worry about other games and outcomes. It’s down to 22 games over the season, not one. We haven’t performed well enough, but hopefully we can get the performance and the result and that’ll take us where it takes us.

Season review
• We’ve shown glimpses this year that if we had more of our best team on the field then we’d be in a much more positive position, but that hasn’t been the case.
• But it doesn’t matter who puts the jersey on, they’ve got to go out and do the job. On occasions we’ve done it, but on more occasions we haven’t unfortunately.
• We had some games go against us and one or two of those would’ve put us in a much more positive position sitting higher in the table.

Looking at pre-season/moving into 2019/20 campaign
• Consistency in selection would be an advantage. I don’t believe we can have the same amount of injuries next year.
• We have guys leaving, so in the summer we will establish a new leadership group but we have a number of guys here for the next couple of years which will help us in terms of continuity over the next couple of seasons which is important.
• We’ll work hard on things in the summer which haven’t gone so well and we’ll try and make players a bit more robust and increase fitness levels.
• You’ve got to look at things that can help, but if you keep doing the same things you’ll get the same results, so we have to look at doing some things better for next season.
• We’ve got some good guys coming in and youngsters through the Academy, so we’re pretty confident. We’re not in bad shape and there’s no reason why we can’t be hugely competitive going into next season.

Premiership competition
• Everybody has recognised the teams in the last couple of seasons who haven’t been operating at the salary cap but will do next season.
• We’ve seen how competitive the league has been this year so I believe it’s going to be more so next year.
• There are 12 very ambitious teams that are prepared to back ambitions with some big signings.
• The salary cap is there to make sure the Premiership is the most competitive league out there and it’s achieved that right now.
• Other than Exeter Chiefs and Saracens, Gloucester Rugby have picked up some good players and done well, but everyone else seems to be beating one another. It’s a bit of a crazy league.

Team/injury news
• Kieran Brookes (concussion), Zurabi Zhvania (calf), Joe Launchbury (Achilles/calf) and Elliot Daly (knee) are now back in full training.
• Simon McIntyre (calf) has passed an injury assessment so will train this week.

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