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Matt Mullan relishing Wasps’ European battle

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Matt Mullan was back and forth between England and Wasps during the Six Nations but the loosehead prop is now fully focused on helping the Coventry outfit finish the season on a high.

Wasps host Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals Exeter Chiefs in the European Champions Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, while they currently sit third in the league table.

Mullan was part of the England squad that claimed the Grand Slam title, but did not feature in any of the matches as Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola got the nod under Eddie Jones.

That meant regular trips between Pennyhill Park and Wasps, but now that Mullan is back with the club full-time, he is keen to help them in the business end of the season.

“It was nice to get included in the England squad but of course you always want to get some game time,” said Mullan.

“I’m happy to be back with Wasps now though and really focused on the end of the season.

“It’s my third year at Wasps and we’ve improved every year. We came seventh in my first season, sixth last year and we’re in a strong position in the league.

“It’s been a massive squad effort and it’s great to be involved with this squad.”

On Saturday Wasps face a tricky tie against an Exeter side who are one place ahead of them in the league, and won 41-27 when the teams last met at the Ricoh Arena back in December.

And Mullan knows they will need really step up if they want to reach the Champions Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2007 when they won their second European crown.

He added: “It’s a massive game, maybe the biggest since we moved to the Ricoh as a European knock-out.

“They are an unbelievable team and we know having already played them once this season.

“That day they were about 20 points better than us so we have to show that we have improved since then.

“They really targeted us with their driving maul that day so we know that will be a threat. I think we’ve been ok in that area recently though against teams like Northampton and Leicester.”

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