Varndell becomes Wasps centurion

Tom Varndell has played rugby at Wasps for 4 years.

My 100th appearance for Wasps last weekend kind of crept up on me.

I had no idea that I had made so many in what is only my fourth year at the club.

But it’s a tremendous honour to pass that mark. I can honestly say that I have had a superb time since coming here and, despite what has been a disappointing end to the season, we are in a really good place to build and finish higher in the league next year.

I remember my first game for the club was against Quins in the Twickenham double-header and it was a big decision for me to move here from Leicester. Few people had, or still have, trod that path between two clubs that had such an intense rivalry for so long.

I started renting a house at first and was like a kid on his first day at school on my opening day’s training because I only lived down the road and walked to work with my kit bag over my shoulder.

From that day on, I have been made to feel very welcome at Wasps and have developed some good friendships as well as different aspects of my game which have improved me as a player.

Tom Varndell has reached 100 games for Wasps

The Leicester team I left had been very successful and when I joined Wasps, they were in the middle of a big transition period with lots of new guys around the camp.

It was tough at times and it taught me how to mentally tougher in difficult times when things were not going so well. That helped me to grow as a player.

I had never felt the pressures involved in fighting relegation but you learn about yourself and others when you are faced with dangers like that.

We have dramatically improved as a squad this season after nearly going down last year and we can feel satisfied that we have been looking up, rather than down, throughout the campaign.

I have enjoyed my rugby and hit some good form too. My try against Exeter last weekend took me to 13 tries for the season which is a record for a Wasps player in the league.

A good win on the final weekend of the league season and then maybe I could start to dream about a place on the England tour to Argentina. That would round off a very enjoyable year. Let’s see what happens.

Tom Varndell thinks his performance for Wasps is good enough to be considered for the England Summer tour.

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