Wasps prepare for Ricoh Arena debut

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Published: Saturday 20th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Dai Young has underlined that his players cannot be distracted by the occasion on Sunday when Wasps play their first home game at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

A crowd of more than 28,000 is expected for the Aviva Premiership clash against London Irish.

And Wasps have sent themselves to Coventry on the back of impressive European Champions Cup victories over Castres that kept them firmly among the qualifying mix from a tough group that also includes Leinster and Harlequins.

“Our marketing and commercial team have done an incredible job to have attracted a crowd of over 28,000 in such a short space of time,” rugby director Young said.

“They have done their job and now it’s up to us as a playing squad to do ours.

“Come kick off, we can’t let the emotion of the occasion get to us.

“We need to focus for the full 80 minutes if we are to achieve the result we all want in order to get off to a winning start at our new home.

“We know how tough an opposition London Irish will be and they will be keen to spoil our party. It’s important to bring the form we have shown in back-to-back wins in Europe into the Premiership to continue building momentum.”

The Ricoh Arena becomes the 34th venue to host Premiership rugby and Wasps will face an Irish side that ended a recent run of poor results by defeating European Challenge Cup opponents Cardiff Blues last weekend.

“We want to spoil the party and come away with four points,” Irish wing Topsy Ojo said.

“We aren’t putting too much emphasis on them being fired up, though, as it’s the same whenever you go to an away fixture.

“We are definitely feeling confident going back into the Premiership as we’ve got some momentum from a very positive couple of weeks for us in Europe.

“It was important to get that win last week as results haven’t been going anywhere near like what we wanted.

“We will definitely need to be aware of the occasion but not put too much emphasis on it.

“We will be making sure tactically we are spot-on and up for the challenge physically as well.

“They may be feeling the pressure as it’s a big day for them and they will want to put on a good show for their new fans. But that is their problem. We can just enjoy it.”

Published: Saturday 20th December 2014 by The News Editor

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