Wasps are gunning for a successful 2015-16 campaign but director of rugby Dai Young is adamant they couldn’t have been handed a much trickier opening to the campaign.
Young was on hand at the BT Tower on Friday morning as the fixtures for the new season were launched.
First up, his Wasps outfit face a trip to Harlequins on Friday October 16 before welcoming last season’s runners-up Bath Rugby to the Ricoh Arena for their home opener the following Saturday.
Young’s troops finished sixth in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table last year and with the fixture launch really signalling the start of the new campaign, the Welshman admits he is already counting down the days until the Quins clash.
“There’s lots of anticipation for the season, lots of excitement for the season and as it gets closer I’m sure everyone will be a little bit nervous to see how we start the season,” said Young.
“There’s a good feeling around the club at the moment but that’s probably no different to any other club.
“You know coming into the season that there will be no easy games and that it will always be a tough game to start.
“We’re away against Quins and I wouldn’t have picked that to start with to be honest with you!
“Every time we play Quins it’s always a real nail-biter and then our first home game will be against Bath, so we’ve got some tough games to start off with.
"We’re really looking forward to our first full season at the Ricoh Arena and hosting Bath, Gloucester and Exeter Chiefs in the first six rounds, before we take on the Aviva Premiership Champions, Saracens, in Coventry on 27 December."
Wasps ultimately finished seven points behind fourth-placed Saracens in the final reckoning while being knocked out of the European Rugby Champions Cup at the quarter-final stage by eventual champions Toulon.
And Young is keen for his side to build on those performances this term.
“Breaking into that Premiership top four is the next step for us but that’s easier said than done,” he added.
“We were a fair bit behind the top four in the end, so we’re probably going to have to win another three or four games to make it.
“That will be our target but we’re realistic enough to know it won’t be easy – what we want to do is continually be in the top six and that’s got to be the target for us moving forward.”