Fixtures - Top Bar

Matt Mullan relishing Wasps’ European battle


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.”

Watch England's finest at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham on 28 May from only £30 for adults & £15 for children. Click here for tickets

Latest News

Premiership Rugby backs Newcastle’s bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup Finals

Premiership Rugby today confirmed its “100% support” for Newcastle’s bid to become host city for European club rugby union's showpiece…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Newcastle launches bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup finals

Newcastle is bidding to become the host city for European club rugby union's showpiece weekend in May 2018. The aim…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Aviva Premiership Rugby wrap: Round 10

Maro Itoje could not mark his return to a Saracens jersey with a victory – but his director of rugby…

BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Maro Itoje of  Saracens is tackled by Max Lahiff of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on December 3, 2016 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Pat Lam confirmed as Bristol Rugby head coach

Bristol Rugby is delighted to announce the appointment of Pat Lam as the Club’s new Head Coach. The 48 year-old…

Pat Lam

Newcastle Falcons v Saracens kick-off time change

Premiership Rugby can confirm that the kick-off time for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 17 Newcastle Falcons v Saracens fixture…

Aviva Premiership ball

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps maintained the pressure on Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders Saracens with success over Worcester Warriors – a victory Dai Young…

Rob Miller deputised in sterling fashion (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Dean Richards’ Newcastle Falcons side are evolving according to the director of rugby, after he saw his side run in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Newcastle Falcons ran in six tries in a thriller of a game at Kingston Park with Juan Pablo Socino starring…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps moved to within one point of the Aviva Premiership Rugby summit but missed out on a bonus point in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 26 Bristol Rugby 18

Director of rugby David Humphreys believes Gloucester Rugby showed their battling qualities as they went through the gears in the…