Fixtures - Top Bar

Tagicakibau: Still more to come from Wasps

Wasps find themselves in the thick of the Aviva Premiership Rugby play-off race but after inking a new contract with the club, Sailosi Tagicakibau insists they are still yet to hit their peak.

Tagicakibau signed on for another year at the Ricoh Arena just days after a 23-23 draw with Newcastle Falcons saw Wasps tumble from fourth to seventh in the league table.

Incredibly, Dai Young’s troops are still just a point behind third-placed Saracens, serving to demonstrate exactly how tight things are.

That Falcons game was Tagicakibau’s first start since returning from a hamstring injury which kept him out of action for five weeks.

And the Samoan winger admits he is keen to build on that start when his side host Gloucester Rugby this Sunday.

“It was good to get out there at the weekend and get 80 minutes under my belt,” said Tagicakibau.

“Injuries are always frustrating but I’ve been good up until then and I’m hoping to kick on – we’ve got a few big games coming up.

“I don’t think we’ve really hit our straps yet and it’s a very exciting, young squad with a lot of young talent coming through.

“They’re still learning from the older guys and from each other, so I still don’t think we’ve hit our best and that’s still to come.

“We have to be confident in ourselves and believe we can get into the top four.

“It’s very tight – the main thing is to win the game against Gloucester this weekend and put the pressure on the other teams.”

Against Gloucester, Wasps are expecting the 100,000th fan to come through the turnstiles since their move to Coventry – with that lucky person receiving a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium.

Tagicakibau, who will be hoping to start on Sunday, scored four tries in 15 Wasps appearances before his hamstring injury, after joining from London Irish last summer.

The 32-year-old will now remain with the club until at least the end of next season following his contract extension and insists he had no hesitation in signing on the dotted line.

“Signing the new contract was an easy decision,” he explained. “I came to the club and featured in quite a few games before my injury at the beginning of the season.

“It’s a good environment at the club, there are a lot of exciting things happening and we’ve made some brilliant. I’ve fitted in really well and I’m enjoying my time here.

“It’s good to sort out my contract – now I can really focus and put all my energy into playing.

“You always want to play well and put out your best performance because that’s what you’re remembered for.”

Tickets for the Aviva Premiership Rugby final are on sale. Click here to snap one up premiershiprugby.com/final 
 

Latest News

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final: The best of the reaction to Exeter Chiefs’ triumph

Gareth Steenson’s extra-time penalty sent Exeter Chiefs fans into ecstasy at Twickenham on Saturday, as the West Country outfit claimed…

Match Reaction: Wasps 20 Exeter Chiefs 23 (AET)

Years of hard-work have paid off for Exeter Chiefs according to head coach Rob Baxter, after the Devon side lifted…

AUDIO: Yeandle, Haskell and Townsend reflect on the Aviva Premiership final

Russell Hargreaves looks back on a dramatic and extended Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham, before speaking to victorious Exeter Chiefs…

Match Report: Wasps 20 Exeter Chiefs 23 (AET)

Seven years after kicking Exeter Chiefs into Aviva Premiership Rugby, skipper Gareth Steenson proved once again that ice runs through…

HITZ learning academy gear up for the Aviva Premiership Rugby final

Around 30 young people from across the country will be at this afternoon’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham to…

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final: Review of the finalists’ most recent head-to-heads

Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final sees table-toppers Wasps face off against second-placed Exeter Chiefs, in what promises to be a…

Six things to look out for in this Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final

After nearly nine months of intense competition, the fate of the Aviva Premiership Rugby trophy comes down to 80 minutes…

Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 23 Stade Francais 22

Courtney Lawes revealed that he overcame illness to put in another man-of-the-match performance in Northampton Saints’ European Rugby Champions Cup…

Match Report: Northampton Saints 23 Stade Francais 22

Northampton Saints pulled off a stunning comeback victory to upset Stade Francais and secure European Champions Cup rugby for next…

Thomas Waldrom out to finish the job with Exeter Chiefs

Thomas Waldrom is ready to put the seal on a season of hard graft by helping Exeter Chiefs to lift…

Thomas Waldrom

Key moments of the season for our Aviva Premiership Rugby finalists

After two frantically-contested semi-finals, excitement is building for what will surely be a thrilling Aviva Premiership Rugby Final between Wasps…

Exeter Chiefs side to face Wasps in the Aviva Premiership Final

It was seven years today that Exeter Chiefs finally arrived at English rugby’s top table. On a wet and wild…

Olly Woodburn

Wasps team to play Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership Final

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his Wasps’ side for the Aviva Premiership Final against Exeter Chiefs, at Twickenham…

Josh Bassett and Willie Le Roux

Sean Maitland signs contract extension with Saracens

Saracens are delighted to announce that Scotland international Sean Maitland has signed a contract extension with the Club. Capped 28…

Sean Maitland

Ashley Johnson ready for daunting Twickenham final challenge

Wasps might have finished the Aviva Premiership Rugby season top of the table but hooker Ashley Johnson believes they will…

Netani Talei retires from rugby

Harlequins back-row Netani Talei has today (Thursday 25th May) announced that he will retire from the game following medical advice.…

Netani Talei

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final – safety of supporters

The safety of our supporters is of upmost importance to Premiership Rugby. As a result, we have been working for…