Young Talent At Wasps Have High Hopes

Some people talk about Wasps being in a period of transition, but for a nucleus of our young talent, we do not see it that way at all.

Wasps have always developed top players, and there’s a group of us who have high hopes we can follow in some big footsteps.

The other week I was proud to help England Under-20s see off Scotland 59-3 at Glasgow’s Firhill – but last weekend they jetted off to Italy and I stayed at home.

That’s because Wasps asked to retain me for our crucial Premiership clash against Saracens last Sunday.

And for a 19-year-old trying to make my way in the game and establish myself in my club side, that was a big vote of confidence.

I was part of the Under-20s set-up last year, along with my club mates Joe Launchbury, Sam Jones and Christian Wade.

Our back-rower Billy Vunipola was unlucky to miss out through injury last season too.

Those are not bad numbers at all where Wasps are concerned, and as a group of team mates and friends we are intent on making a big impact with our club.

When the Wasps coaches want you to play for the club first team ahead of your England age-group, we take that as a big step forward – not a sign that the club is in transit.

It’s pretty straightforward that Wasps would not select players they did not consider capable.

So a few of us are very proud of our position – but we’re only just getting started.

Everyone always wants to know who the fastest player in the Wasps squad is and the players are no different.

The sprint tests and sprint training always brings a lot of competition – and banter – with it.

Any foot race is always a very close contest, and it would be tough to pick a clear fastest man.

Tom Varndell will probably kill me, but I reckon if it came to it, Christian Wade would probably just shade it.

Wadey is rapid, but so is Tom, and then there’s Richard Haughton too.

So we’re not too shabby on the pace front.

Where do I sit in that list? I’m not about to talk myself up to the same level as those three, but maybe I could edge into the top five.

A few of the forwards might battle it out at the other end of the speed tables…but I’m not stupid or brave enough to start naming names!


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