Press Notes - Tuesday 13 November

Date: 13 Nov 2018

Press Conference Notes

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young spoke to the media today ahead of Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership clash with Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens (kick-off 1pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Bristol reflection

  • It wasn’t a great second-half for us and a lot of things were from our own doing.

  • Bristol played some good stuff but we spilt the ball so many times and made so many wrong decisions.

  • Very few teams in the Premiership can play poorly and win and at this moment in time we’re not one of them so we need to get back playing to our potential and if we do I’m sure we’ll win more than we lose. It’s a matter of putting it together and going back to what we do well.

  • We just have to pull together and get more out of ourselves right across the board.


Northampton preview

  • Northampton will be keen to hit some form. They sneaked a win in the Cup against us. On their own patch they’ll be desperate to get a result but we look like a bit of a wounded animal at this moment in time.

  • We’re a better team than we’re showing right now but there’s not much point in me talking about it, we have to go and demonstrate it.

  • We’re pretty down about our performances recently, especially losing at the Ricoh, as we do respect and are thankful for all the support we get there and that’s the last thing we want to do.

  • The talk this week is about individuals stepping up to deliver on what we know they’re good at. We know individually and collectively we’re better than we’re playing.

  • Teams go through these patches, we have to stick together, work on things we know we’re good at and hopefully that’ll be good enough at the weekend.

Tom Willis

  • He’s had two outstanding games. I think he’s only going to get better with the more gametime he gets.

  • He’s all about ball-carrying and he’s got lots of go-forward. Give him another year and he’s going to be some player.

  • He’s quality already but he’s only going to get better which is good for us.


Injury and team news

  • Zurabi Zhvania is away with Georgia still, having played against Michele Campagnaro and his Italy side at the weekend.

  • Willie Le Roux (South Africa), Brad Shields and Elliot Daly (England) also remain away on international duty.

  • Simon McIntyre has to go through the HIA return-to-play protocol after his knock last weekend. He’ll be assessed later in the week.

  • Gaby Lovobalavu is struggling with a shoulder knock.

  • Thomas Young had a tight hamstring but should be fine for the weekend.

  • Marcus Watson is struggling after going over on his ankle against Bristol.

  • Ashley Johnson and Juan de Jongh should be back in the mix this week.

  • Nizaam Carr has a shoulder problem and probably won’t play this week. He should be okay for next week though if he doesn’t make this week.

On Michele Campagnaro

  • Obviously he’s played plenty in the Premiership. He’s done some important things in the Premiership and more importantly he’s done some really good things at international level too. We know he’s a quality operator.

  • We’re really looking forward to him coming on board with us and integrating into the squad and I’m sure he’ll be of great benefit to us.

  • It’s a matter for us of getting enough quality players so we can put an exciting backline out and a loaded bench and he’s certainly going to add to that. We have got a number of players who can play in different positions which you’re going to need, especially with our luck with injuries at the moment. We only had 27 players to pick 23 from last week.

  • Michele is a player who I’ve admired for a long time. He’s certainly someone I feel will fit into the way we want to play the game.

  • He’s got that ability to beat people one-on-one and players like that are few and far between.

  • With Christian Wade leaving it’s enabled us to look at bringing others in because we need to do that especially with losing Jimmy Gopperth to injury too. It’s not a direct replacement but it gives us an ability to move players around because there’s not one direct replacement out there on the market.

  • It’s easy to see what players can do on the field but looking at their attitude and temperament is difficult and Andrea Masi speaks very highly of Michele, and that’s good enough for me because if he gives us anything like Andrea has, I’d be over the moon.

  • We’ve had good experience with the Italian players we’ve had on board before. Carlo Festuccia and Lorenzo Cittadini were both excellent as they came and gave everything to the Club.

  • Once the Autumn Internationals have finished Michele will be on board then.