Dai Young pleased by Wasps call-ups for international duty

Wasps head coach gives his verdict as club's players are called up for international duty next month

By Gareth Llewellyn

Dai Young has expressed his pleasure at the number of key Wasps players who have been named for their respective countries for next month’s autumn internationals.

The Aviva Premiership club, who are set to move their home matches from High Wycombe to Coventry from December, have three call-ups to England, one to Wales, one to Italy, and one to Samoa.

James Haskell is another one who has thoroughly deserved his inclusion. He’s been outstanding for us

Dai Young

“International selection obviously means that we lose some players to their nations for a few weeks, but we are always pleased to see our guys get picked,” Young said.

“That is often the ultimate recognition, playing for your country, and it means that they have played outstandingly well for us.”

While Wasps wing Christian Wade missed out on an England call-up, three Wasps forwards did make Stuart Lancaster’s 33-man elite squad with lock Joe Launchbury, No8 James Haskell, and prop Matt Mullan all set to join England’s training camp in Surrey on Sunday.

“I’m really pleased for Matt Mullan, he’s thoroughly deserved it,” Young said. “He’s been excellent for us both on and off the pitch and I hope he gets the opportunity now to start.

“He’s come off the bench a couple of times for England and has done a good job, so hopefully he’ll get a chance to start as well.

“In terms of Joe Launchbury, there’s not a lot we haven’t already said really is there? He’s a superb talent with a fantastic attitude.

“He came back after three weeks out and I think made more tackles than anyone else in Europe last weekend. We all know how good he is.

“James Haskell is another one who has thoroughly deserved his inclusion. He’s been outstanding for us, both last season and this season, and has really showed his leadership qualities captaining the squad.

“We’ll have to wait and see how he is after illness, but I’m sure he’ll feature at some stage during the autumn.”

As well as the England trio, lock Bradley Davies has been named in Warren Gatland’s Wales squad, with utility-back Andrea Masi making the Italy squad, despite suffering a head knock in Wasps’ European Rugby Champions Cup defeat at Leinster on Sunday.

In addition, centre/wing Alapati Leuia has been named in the Samoa squad that will take on England at Twickenham on 22 November.

“It’s great to see Alapati named vice captain for Samoa,” Young added. “It’s always difficult for a player when they arrive injured to settle in, but I think he’s got better with each game he’s played.

“I still think there’s more to come from Alapati for us. He is a top professional who has settled in really well.

“He’s a big player for his country, and I’m sure by the time Alapati comes back from some quality international rugby, he will be back to his best.”

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