Press Notes - Wednesday 13 February

Date: 13 Feb 2019

Press Conference Notes

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young spoke to the media ahead of Friday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Bristol Bears (kick-off 7.45pm).

Here’s what he had to say:

Upcoming block of games/Bristol preview

• There’s been lots of positive talk around the place recently from the players.
• We know where we are, the same as nine other teams in the league.
• We know these upcoming four games will take a big bearing on where we are come the end of the season.
• It’s about accumulating how many points you can in these four games, so then in the next block you have a chance at fighting for the top four.
• That has to be our goal and it’ll be the same for all the other teams. Everybody is in that fight.
• The talk around the place and the way the boys have trained has been excellent.
• Some of these players coming back into the mix only adds to the positive vibe around the place so we’re in a decent place, as well as can be at the moment given some of the recent results and negativity.
• Everyone is looking forward to the Bristol game. It’s going to be a tough game and we know that they are a dangerous team.

Team/injury news

• Thomas Young is back from international duty with Wales.
• Michele Campagnaro is back from international duty with Italy.
• Dan Robson has been sent back by England to get some game-time.
• Joe Launchbury, Brad Shields, Elliot Daly and Nathan Hughes are staying with England this week.
• Simon McIntyre is back in the mix after recovering from concussion.
• Willie Le Roux is fine after a neck problem.
• Jack Willis isn’t available this week but he’s been back in training and he should be back next week.

On recruitment

• We’ve still got some positions we’d like to fill.
• Our first thing is that they’re always English. We want to fill holes with English players but that is very, very tough.
• Our Academy is improving out of sight. We’ve got some great people involved in the Academy since we’ve moved to the area, who are absolutely working their socks off to produce those young players.
• But anyone who knows anything about academies knows that’s not going to happen overnight. We’ve got a new area and it’s pretty early in this academy cycle. It might take another two or three years for us to really see those academy players coming through.
• Academy players would be the first thing we want to get through. We’ll have one or two coming through in the next couple of years but the work and the Club’s focus is to bring as many through as possible. We’re really investing in the Academy in the new area so it’s going to take a bit of time.
• After that we want to look at new guys being English and if none of them are available then you have to look outside of that.
• Getting English players is very difficult so you have to look further afield but Academy and English talent is where I’d look to go to first and foremost.