Press Notes - Tuesday 8 October

Date: 8 Oct 2019

Press Conference Notes

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's Premiership Rugby Cup Derby Day clash against Worcester Warriors at Ricoh Arena (kick-off 3pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

On the Premiership Rugby Cup

  • One of the priorities was to give everybody an opportunity and we’ve achieved that. Everybody that’s been available has played and it’s allowed us to look at different combinations.
  • The first performance was poor against Saracens but the last two have been a lot better. Both games were close and could’ve gone either way and we’ve been very competitive in both.
  • Some boys have put their hands up and hopefully now we can finish off with a win this weekend and that’ll take us where it takes us.
  • I think it’s been there for everyone to see that the guys who have stepped up from the Academy are going to be assets throughout the season. Week after week in the Premiership you’re going to need a full squad so they’re certainly going to figure throughout the year for us.

Worcester preview/team news

  • It’s a game we want to win. The squad this week will be near to the 23 we think is going to play in the league with one or two to be included who still haven’t featured.

Injury news

  • Callum Sirker suffered an ACL injury on loan at Ampthill and will be out for approximately 7-9 months. It’s a real shame as he has shown enough over the last couple of months that he could certainly compete for a place in the first-team. Within this block of games, we’ve obviously been wanting to get all our players out there to get game-time. After playing in the 7s and the first match, we sent Callum away on loan to Ampthill for a week with a view to bringing him back into the mix, as we felt that it would continue to add to his development, rather than to not play. Unfortunately he suffered the injury in the early stages of their match and will be out for a significant amount of time but our medical team will be working very closely with him to get him back to full fitness.
  • Malakai Fekitoa and Lima Sopoaga were both close to returning last week. They have trained for two weeks but didn’t feel comfortable to play last week. Both will be involved this week.
  • Thomas Young should hopefully be back in a couple of weeks.
  • Every team seems to have picked up two or three injuries and hopefully we don’t lose too many more. We can try and do all we can to prevent them but they will happen with the nature of the game.

Premiership targets

  • We want to be competitive in every competition but the most important thing is to make sure we’re right for the kick-off of the Premiership.
  • My focus since being here is to be a consistent top-six team. If you get yourself there or thereabouts in the early part of the season you can think about the top four, and if you get there, then you can think of winning things. Every team wants to win it but the reality for us is we want to be a consistent top-six team and push on from there.
  • However, there are some tough teams in this league who have spent a lot of money. It was competitive last year and think it’ll be more so this year.

Scrum-half position

  • We need to look after Dan Robson as hopefully he’ll play a lot of rugby for us this season and we’re obviously gutted to lose Ben Vellacott to injury.
  • Will Porter should be back in 3-4 weeks. We have a lot of confidence in him.
  • Sam Wolstenholme has done himself proud in the last couple of weeks. We’re really pleased with what Sam has done and he’s someone who’s never going to let us down, while Academy scrum-half Henry Clement has done okay too.

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