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Owlett relishing opportunity at Wasps

Owlett relishing opportunity at Wasps

When a club with the size, stature and history of Wasps come calling, you listen – just ask Jack Owlett.

The news that the exciting prop would be swapping Sandy Park for the Ricoh Arena this summer had supporters of Dai Young’s side purring when it was broken back in January.

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The Wasps director of rugby spoke in glowing terms of Owlett when the move was confirmed, and the 24-year-old admitted that his delight at receiving the praise was matched by his excitement at the prospect of linking up with an elite front row.

“It was a massive confidence boost for Wasps and Dai to come along and say that we fancy having you,” he said.

“Brookesy (Kieran Brookes) for a start, I can just rack his brains and see what he thinks on different things.

“It’s permanently a learning process wherever you are and whatever you’re doing; everyone does everything differently.

“It will be really helpful having the likes of Kieran, the likes of Jeff (Toomaga-Allen) around me that I can learn off and pick up pointers from.

“It wasn’t the most convenient thing for it to come out halfway through the season, but you’ve got to deal with that kind of stuff. I’m really happy with the decision I made and where I am at the moment.

“It was a very difficult decision to leave, because I was very appreciative of Exeter giving me my first break in senior rugby and was very thankful for the opportunity that they did give me – it was a great bunch of players, fans and coaches.

“The move was pretty straightforward; I’m all settled in now and we’re a couple of weeks into pre-season. I’m really excited for the opportunity and looking forward to it.”

His integration somewhat disrupted by the World Cup summer, Owlett is now looking ahead as he prepares to stake his claim for a starting berth in that front row this season, after his two seasons with the 2016/17 champions.

With the calendar shifted around to make room for a busy campaign of rugby, there will be plenty of opportunities for the former Scotland U20 international to catch the eye for his new club.

“It’s obviously a different season that only comes around every four years, but it shouldn’t have too much effect on how I’ve gone about preparing for it, it just means a slightly longer pre-season,” he continued.

“With that, it gives us plenty of time to get everything in place for when the season does start. It’s something that I haven’t dealt with before, but rugby is rugby and you go about it in similar ways.

“I’m enjoying the long pre-season and it just gives you an opportunity to knuckle down and know where you’re heading.

“For me it’s about taking every opportunity, taking it day-by-day and getting myself into the best physical shape that I can. I’m really excited about the challenge and what it’s likely to bring.”

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