Dai Young vows not to ‘upset the apple cart’ at Wasps amid Kurtley Beale rumours

Published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Dai Young has vowed not to let the past mistakes of any high-profile recruits “upset the apple cart” at Wasps.

Wasps could yet pull off another coup by signing Australia full-back Kurtley Beale for next season.

The Waratahs flyer played a starring role in the Wallabies’ run to last autumn’s World Cup final, brought firmly back into the fold by taskmaster coach Michael Cheika.

The 27-year-old sought counselling for alcohol-related issues in 2013 before being dropped by Australia for clashing with administrator Di Patston in a rumbling saga that contributed to boss Ewen McKenzie’s resignation in late 2014.

Yet while Young remains keen not to discuss any specific transfer negotiations, the Wasps rugby director insisted he would not recruit any player lightly.

“You’ve got to do your own due diligence,” Young told Press Association Sport.

“You certainly don’t want to bring anyone into this environment who’s going to upset the apple cart with the players.

“I certainly don’t want to bring anyone here who won’t maintain the standards of what we expect of Wasps players and staff.

“I take my responsibilities very seriously on that.

“A lot of people make mistakes, and I’m sure me and you have made a few when we were younger.

“Some are more documented than others.

“But I’m confident anybody I bring into this environment I’ve done my homework on.

“What they’ve done in the past is the past.

“But I’m confident that any player who is in this environment will not reflect poorly on Wasps.”

England fly-half Danny Cipriani will return to first club Wasps from Sale next season, with Young looking forward to working with the attacking talent for the first time.

Cipriani is another top star who has endured his fair share of off-field issues, but has warmed to his task of leading the line at Sale.

Young believes Cipriani will thrive with Wasps next term, admitting it was a straightforward decision to chase the 28-year-old’s signature.

“I can’t talk too much about Danny in his early days, I didn’t know the guy to be quite honest with you,” said Young.

“The only thing I can see is that I think he’s done a great job for Sale, he’s matured as a player.

“We all know the special things he’s capable of, but he controls the game very well.

“He does the bread and butter stuff but he’s still capable of that magic too.

“So to me he’s certainly matured on the field, and from talking to a number of people I trust I don’t see any reason to doubt that he’s matured off it as well.

“I’ve always been a big believer that you take people on face value, how you see them and know them, and forget what’s happened in the past really.

“So I can’t see any issues with that at all.”

Published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 by The News Editor

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