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Wasps ready for a big performance at Twickenham

Wasps ready for a big performance at Twickenham

The fearlessness of youth propelled Wasps back into the limelight last season and Dai Young is convinced that his maturing side can put on a show at Twickenham for the London Double Header.

There are few places any rugby fan would rather be than at a packed Twickenham and on 28 November, Young and company do battle with London Irish at rugby HQ.

The game will follow Aviva Premiership Rugby newcomers Worcester Warriors taking on defending champions Saracens as supporters get two great games for one ticket.
 
It is fair to say that Wasps are becoming known for their quite simply electrifying back-line. Scrum-half Joe Simpson, centre Elliot Daly and wing Christian Wade all enjoyed stellar campaigns in the 2014-15 season as Wasps scored the most tries, 77, of any team in Aviva Premiership Rugby. Throw All Blacks wings, Charles Piutau and Frank Halai, into the mix and it is clear that Wasps’ attack will not lack any juice this season.
 
Former Newcastle Falcon, Jimmy Gopperth, is the veteran presence at fly-half and Young says youth is no barrier to his side’s ambitions.
 
“It’s a young squad but they’ve been together for a couple of years so they’re getting more and more comfortable playing in the Aviva Premiership and in front of big crowds, and I am sure they will rise to the occasion,” said Young.

“Then we’ve added a little bit of experience and stardust to it, so hopefully they will gel really well together.
 
“There seems to be a real team spirit already but the best way to keep that going is to get results. Everyone will bed in a lot quicker if we’re getting wins!”

Wasps always seem to bring out the drama at the London Double Header after being involved in some nail-biting contests over the years.

A last-gasp David Strettle try broke their hearts last season, while a missed conversion by Andy Goode proved their downfall the year before in 2013.

Incredibly, Wasps were 40-13 at one stage in the second half before Harlequins staged an astonishing fightback in 2012, but Young says that his side are all the better for their past experiences.

“Last season, we really enjoyed playing top level European rugby even though maybe it affected us towards the last month of the season,” Young added.

“It’s such a drain and then Aviva Premiership Rugby is a tough competition as well so that by the end of the year some of the young guys were out on their feet.

“They’ve had experience of that now and hopefully they’ll be better for it this year. Playing in Europe and performing at places like Twickenham is where we want to be season on season and we want to improve each year.”
 
See two Aviva Premiership Rugby games at Twickenham from just £24 as Saracens face Worcester Warriors and London Irish play Wasps at the London Double Header on 28 November. Click here for tickets. 
 

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