Fixtures - Top Bar

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

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

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.”

Latest News

Will Spencer and Connor Braid set for Worcester Warriors debuts

Worcester Warriors duo Will Spencer and Connor Braid will make their club debuts this Saturday when they take on Newport…

carlhogg1111sb1617

Exeter Chiefs side to face Bordeaux Begles

Nothing less than victory will suffice for Rob Baxter and his Exeter Chiefs side ahead of Sunday’s European Champions Cup…

Jack Nowell in last season's Aviva Premiership Rugby final

Kurtley Beale named in Wasps team to face Connacht Rugby this Sunday at the Ricoh Arena

Kurtley Beale named in Wasps team to face Connacht Rugby this Sunday at the Ricoh Arena Wallaby signing Kurtley Beale…

Kurtley Beale will make his Wasps debut in the Champions Cup

England quartet return for Saracens European clash with Sale Sharks

Saracens have named their side to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round three of the European Rugby Champions Cup clash…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Harlequins team to play Timisoara Saracens

Harlequins has announced the squad to play Timisoara Saracens in Round 3 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup at the…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Leicester Tigers team news for European Champions Cup trip to Ireland

Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs return to the Leicester Tigers line-up for Saturday's European Champions Cup trip to face Munster…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Sale Sharks name side to face Saracens in European Rugby Champions Cup

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup on Saturday (kick off…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Ewels and Stooke back for Bath Rugby

Charlie Ewels and Elliott Stooke both return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up tomorrow when they face Cardiff Blues in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Fisher hails ‘outstanding’ Gloucester Rugby after La Rochelle win

Gloucester Rugby ran in four tries as they romped to an impressive European Rugby Challenge Cup win over La Rochelle,…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Shervington re-joins Wasps on short-term contract

Edd Shervington has signed a three-month contract with the club to provide cover at hooker, following injuries to Tom Cruse…

Edd Shervington

Dean Hammond – We’ll play a positive brand of rugby

Winger Dean Hammond insists Worcester Warriors will play a positive brand of rugby as they prepare for Saturday's European Challenge…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Premiership Rugby clubs in Europe live on TV

Aviva Premiership Rugby’s finest return to European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup action this weekend looking to build on…

tvrelease1111

Josh Beaumont backs Sale Sharks’ new boys to shine

Marquee summer signings AJ MacGinty and Josh Charnley are primed and ready to make their presence felt in the second…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match officials for this weekend’s European fixtures

Northampton Saints will face Leinster in a rematch of the memorable 2011 final as the European Rugby Champions Cup returns…

629845781DM00026_Saracens_v

Sam Egerton ready for fierce Lyon challenge

Scrum-half Sam Egerton believes Newcastle Falcons can push on and meet ‘fire with fire’ against Lyon in the European Rugby…

Sam Egerton making a break against Ospreys in the Challenge Cup

Geoff Parling: Chiefs can draw European inspiration from last season’s heroics

Following two defeats from two, qualification for the European knock-out stages may look like mission improbable – but if there’s…

666709985_ht_1936_5ffe036790f2651d04cf02d772136916.jpg

Aaron Morris desperate for Quins to sort out away form

Aaron Morris is proud of Harlequins’ record at the Stoop but the full-back has warned his teammates the season will…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Fenton-Wells confident Lam will make impact at Bristol Rugby

Bristol Rugby flanker Nick Fenton-Wells is confident the club have acquired a top coach in Pat Lam but won’t let…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library