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Josh Bassett: Wasps have strength in depth to cope this autumn

Josh Bassett: Wasps have strength in depth to cope this autumn

Josh Bassett has been in rich try-scoring form of late and the winger insists Wasps ‘ridiculous’ squad depth will serve them well as Aviva Premiership Rugby returns this weekend.

Wasps currently sit second in the table having won six of their first seven league games of the season and the 24-year-old Bassett has been a key part of that.

Despite competing for playing time in the back three with the likes of Christian Wade, Frank Halai and Rob Miller – Bassett has scored five tries in his last five games for the club.

Internationals like Joe Launchbury, Nathan Hughes and Elliot Daly are likely to be missing for the next three weeks of league action as the autumn internationals continue.

But Bassett insists Dai Young’s side have no intention of letting their performances dip – starting at Kingsholm this weekend.

“Our squad depth is amazing, we have got great players throughout the team and hopefully that will show in this period now,” he said.

“We lose some internationals but the boys are hungry to get their chance – you could see that in the Anglo-Welsh over the last two weeks, everyone wants to be involved.

“The strength in depth is just ridiculous; this is a long season so everyone will play and we all want to do well.

“For me personally, it’s always great to get over the line but the main thing is that we are winning games, turning in performances week on week.

“This will be a tough period but it’s important we don’t go off the boil – you can fall out of the mix in a just a couple of weeks.”

Wasps had a six-match winning run ended at Kingsholm last season as the Cherry & Whites ground out a 13-10 victory.

And Bassett and his side know the size of the challenge that awaits them in the West Country.

“In the modern age you have got to do your analysis, everyone is looking for that edge,” he added.

“But we try to focus on ourselves, get our things right and then making sure we know what Gloucester bring.

“Kingsholm is always a great atmosphere, it’s a great historic rugby ground.

“And they have a big pack that like to be aggressive, as they do with their defence and then they’ve got some really potent backs so we will have to be prepared.”

And if he can continue his red-hot try-scoring form then all the better.

He added: “(My form) has been down to a number of things, the longer I have spent at Wasps the more development I have made as a player – I am learning more and more.

“I had a few games last season but I learned a lot, I have matured as a player and as a person.

“And this year I had a strong pre-season coming in and have got straight into it when the season began.

“We have so many exciting players so it’s great to be involved. This league is so tough, we have seen how the standard gets better and better every year but we will continue to work hard week on week.”

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