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Mullan eager to get started in Coventry

Having kept his cool as a professional rugby player for the best part of a decade, Matt Mullan is not a man who is often overcome with excitement.

But the prop admits he is eagerly anticipating the start of a new era for Wasps as they prepare to move to Coventry.

After 12 years of playing at Adams Park, Wasps waved goodbye to the High Wycombe ground against Castres on Sunday and will now call the Ricoh Arena home.

With a Premiership home ground record attendance of more than 24,000 expected for their Coventry bow against London Irish on Sunday, Mullan says the whole squad are pumped up for the game.

And the 27-year-old insists that Wasps teaming up with Guinness to offer supporters coach travel to the game demonstrates the fan-first nature of the club.

“The positives were all spoken about when the move was announced but as a player you forget about it because we’ve had games in between,” he said.

“But now it’s only days away and you hear things about how many tickets have been sold then we start to get excited.

“There are not many other clubs that I know that would have done the same as us providing these buses so as a gesture for Wasps to be looking after the fans, it’s brilliant.

“The initiative speaks volumes about the reason behind it – it’s not just purely financial, it’s for the best for the whole club and if we can look after the supporters then it should be done.”

Mullan, who joined Wasps from Worcester Warriors in 2013, has cemented himself as part of Stuart Lancaster’s England set-up in the last 18 months, most recently appearing in all four of November’s autumn internationals.

And he believes that with some impressive displays at domestic level, he can force himself into the reckoning for a starting berth by the time the Six Nations rolls around in February.

“It was nice to be involved with England for all four games and to finish the autumn with a positive win against a good Australian team,” added Mullan.

“They really pushed us right to the wire but it was a great way to finish the campaign and hopefully we can start the Six Nations with the same momentum.

“Any player in any squad, if you’re not starting you just have to push your case forward when you can and I think across the four games I played well off the bench.

“Now all I’ve got to do is focus my attention on coming back to Wasps, playing well and putting my hand up for selection.”

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