When Matt Symons arrived at Wasps he brought more experience than your typical 27-year-old lock and after a perfect start to life at the Ricoh Arena, he admits it’s been easy to adapt to life in Coventry.
Dai Young’s side have won four from four in Aviva Premiership Rugby so far this campaign, the only team still unbeaten in the competition.
They were pushed all the way last weekend by Northampton Saints, proving that they are much more than a flashy team with ball in hand – even if Jimmy Gopperth’s try set up by Danny Cipriani was a reminder of how magical they can be.
And for Symons, who joined in the summer from London Irish, but also spent three seasons in New Zealand playing for Canterbury and then the Chiefs, the set-up at Wasps is ideal for new recruits trying to settle in.
He said: “It’s been great, I’m really enjoying my time here and playing a lot so far. I’ve settled in quite well, although I didn’t really know any of the guys before I came here.
“There’s just Tom Cruse, who I knew from London Irish, but apart from that there’s no one. I watched a lot of them when I was down in New Zealand and even back when they had Lawrence Dallaglio and a lot big names.
“When I was in New Zealand, first and foremost you noticed how fit all the players were.
“There’s a lot of focus on skills and it was a big learning curve for me when I first got there. Up here you have to focus a lot more on the set-piece and the maul.
“I have to say though, Wasps spend a lot of time working on individual skills as well though and it’s a big part of our training sessions.
“I’ve enjoyed that, but we need to make sure we get the rest right as well.”
Sitting pretty atop the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, Wasps’ next focus is Sunday’s clash with Harlequins, who ended Saracens’ perfect start to the season last time out.
And while Symons explains that Wasps have plenty of ambition to build on two semi-finals a year ago, he knows that the focus has to be on the match-up this weekend if they are to make it five in a row.
He added: “My aim coming here was to establish myself in the 23 and play a lot. I knew it would be very different.
“Wasps are an ambitious team and there is a lot of depth now. We don’t talk too much in the squad about targets, you don’t want to get carried away. This weekend is a massive game against Harlequins, who have just had a good result with their win over Sarries.
“They like to put the ball through the hands and are very strong out wide with a very good back three so we’ll have to be wary of that.”