Wasps pre-season 2018/19 - an update from David Young

Date: 24 Jul 2018


With the first half of pre-season complete and a seven-day training camp in Portugal on the horizon, director of rugby David Young is satisfied with progress.

“We’ve been pleased with pre-season so far and the boys have been working hard,” he said.

“During July you rarely have the numbers you would ideally like due to international tours and waiting for new signings to arrive, while a number of players had ‘touch-up’ surgery after the end of last season.

“So we’ve had around 25 training most days so far, but players are now starting to return to training as their recovery completes and by the start of the season numbers will be pretty healthy.”

Vilamoura is not a new destination for Wasps, and Young believes returning to the Algarve will boost his squad’s prospects of hitting the ground running when the Gallagher Premiership kicks off in six weeks’ time.

“We went to Portugal a few seasons ago and found it very helpful, but in the last couple of seasons decided to spend time settling in to our new environment instead,” he explained.

“This year we see the trip as a big part of our preparation. It allows us access to the players 24x7, so we get a lot of pre-season meetings done and also have two or three rugby sessions every day.

“We’re taking everyone who is fit or on the verge of coming back, including the international players who will just have returned after their break. The longer-term absentees will stay in Coventry to continue their recovery programme.”

Wasps’ boss went on to explain that the Portugal trip allied with this season’s greatly expanded senior academy squad has shifted his approach to the Premiership sevens competition won in 2017 and 2016.

“Over the last few seasons we’ve played plenty of bigger names and kept our fingers crossed about injuries,” he said.

“While we haven’t picked up anything major injury-wise, we found the sevens did have an impact on some players who then didn’t start the season as we would have wanted.

“The competition is also a good development tool and for the first time in many years we have enough academy players to field a full squad, so we’ve decided to use it as a development competition for them.

“This gives us the same focus and approach as most of the other clubs, while also allowing us to have a fully-integrated and meaningful training week in Portugal as a consequence of not playing senior squad backs in the sevens.”

Olympian Kelly Sotherton has been a regular visitor to Broadstreet over the last month, and Wasps’ boss believes her specialist skills have added real value for his squad.

“We’ve always placed a big emphasis on speed – it’s one of our strengths and is something we want to maintain,” he said.

“In the past Darren Campbell did a fantastic job for us, and we’re now lucky to have Kelly on board.

“You obviously want people who know what they’re talking about, and there’s no doubt they both have immediate credibility with the players thanks to their athletics careers, Commonwealth and Olympic medals.”

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Don't forget, under 10s go free in most areas of the Ricoh Arena.


Book seats by visiting the Ricoh Arena ticket office, going to www.wasps.co.uk/tickets or calling 02476 786411.