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Kearnan Myall: Danny Cipriani’s signing proves Wasps are going places

It has been quite a week for Wasps who thumped Aviva Premiership Rugby table toppers Saracens on Sunday and then announced the return of the prodigal son Danny Cipriani.

And lock Kearnan Myall – a former teammate of Cipriani’s at England age-group level and Sale Sharks – insists this is all a sign of the times at a Wasps side very much on the up.

Wasps currently sit in the top four of the league after racking up a half century of points at Allianz Park last weekend.

They also have a European quarter-final against Exeter Chiefs on the horizon at the Ricoh Arena and the 29-year-old Myall insists Cipriani has re-joined a club about to break back into the big time.

“Signing Danny shows the intent of the club, not only where we are right now but where we want to get to as well,” said the 29-year-old lock. 

“It’s been slow progress for the club, every year there has been a little bit of improvement and hopefully this year we start to see what we are really capable of.

“We are in the top four and have a European quarter-final coming as well, that is the sort of position that attracts the best players and Danny is certainly one of those.

“We now have three fantastic fly-halves for next season and you need that strength in every position, especially in periods like now with the Six Nations.”

Wasps have a tough ask in backing up a performance against Saracens last weekend that Myall himself described as ‘almost perfect’.

But with only five points separating Leicester Tigers in third and Gloucester Rugby in eighth, the former England Saxon knows consistency is key.

“To be honest, I don’t think anyone expected a result like that against Sarries,” he added. “We went there with the belief that we could get a win but by that margin, but we didn’t expect that.

“We have said from the outset that the top six is the minimum for us this year, but the top four is the ideal goal.

“A couple of good results either way can decide your whole season – it is so tight – and at the moment with the run of leagues games it is vital to back up your performances.”

It has been a frustrating season on a personal note for Myall – who has appeared for England in an uncapped international against the Barbarians before.

The 6ft7in lock has found his first-team opportunities limited by the likes of Joe Launchbury, Bradley Davies and James Gaskell this season.

But in the Six Nations window the former Sale man has his chance to impress and add to his six starts so far this campaign.

“It’s been a bit of a frustrating season, I have not played as much as previous years and having to watch the team and not be involved is tough,” he added.

“It’s almost harder when Wasps are having some big wins because you want to be part of that.

“But with Joe and Brad away and James (Gaskell) injured I have got my chance and it’s up to me to try and put a marker down.

“The good thing about rugby, you can take your frustrations out pretty easily on the pitch, to turn a negative into a positive for those times in the season when I was not involved.

“I want to take this opportunity and for the team, with a few players away, it is important to show our strength in depth.” 


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