As England’s cricketers ramp up their World Twenty20 assault in India, Simon McIntryre will be celebrating a century of his own on Sunday against the Sale Sharks.
The clash at the Ricoh Arena will mark McIntyre’s 100th appearance in a Wasps shirt, although the prop admits he will spend little time reflecting with the club right in the thick of a battle for an Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final spot.
After a narrow defeat at Gloucester Rugby – which ended a run of six straight Wasps victories – McIntyre and co bounced back in style last weekend by running in five tries in a 36-24 home win against Leicester Tigers.
The result not only got Wasps back to winning ways but saw them leapfrog Leicester into third in the Aviva Premiership Rugby table.
However, Wasps can’t exactly rest on their laurels now with them on 48 points and sixth-placed Harlequins just five further back.
And that is why McIntyre will be focusing on the job at hand this Sunday, despite being proud of making his 100th Wasps appearance against former side Sale Sharks.
“It is going to be fantastic to play my 100th game for Wasps,” said McIntryre, who will turn 25 the day before the game. “I have really enjoyed my time at the club and to reach this milestone is a real honour for me.
“And it is extra special to bring the milestone up at this time because the club is going through a really good spell at the moment and that is something we want to carry on.
“We are in a position where we know that if we keep on winning our games then we will be where we want to be at the end of the season.
“It is very tight in the league at the moment and anyone can beat anyone else on their day, just look at the Gloucester game for us.
“But we know we need to win games and we want to keep this up and make the most of the opportunity ahead.”
McIntyre’s Aviva Premiership Rugby career began in the Sale Sharks academy before he joined Wasps in the summer of 2011.
Since joining Wasps he has made the switch from tight to loosehead prop, and McIntyre is full of only praise for his time at the club as he nears his special landmark.
“The character of the club is really good and Dai and all the coaches have been fantastic with me since I arrived,” he added.
“It is a great club to be at and testament to that fact is that players tend to stick around for quite a while which is down to the merriment the coaching staff has produced.
“We all work hard for each other and it is just a fantastic place to play rugby.”