Thomas Young talks about playing on the artificial pitch at Kingston Park this weekend, facing his opposite man, Gary Graham, on Saturday and rising star Jack Willis.
Third placed Wasps will travel to fourth placed Falcons this weekend, where the two attack-minded sides will enjoy the hard surface of an artificial pitch and with sun forecast for the bank holiday weekend, we should be treated to plenty of expansive entertaining rugby.
We asked Thomas Young how he thought Wasps could benefit from the playing surface and how much of an advantage it would serve the Falcons.
“Obviously we like to throw the ball around a little bit, but we need to be controlled and obviously Newcastle are used to it and play on it ever other week. It’s something we’ll have to adapt to because the ball does bounce differently. It’s down to us to adapt to it as a squad.”
England hopeful Gary Graham looks set to be selected in the Falcons seven jersey this weekend.
“He has obviously come back from injury after a while out, and I think it’s about two or three games now he has played." Young said, "He has stood out and he’s an abrasive player, a strong ball-carrier and he’s good defensively, so it’s another challenge I’m looking forward to.”
Wasps rising star
News broke yesterday that Wasps up-and-comer Jack Willis had been nominated for the Premiership's breakthrough player of the year. Young commented on the youngster’s progression through the ranks and how he has settled into the first team squad.
“He just keeps getting better at 21. He’s a nice boy and good to work with. He does a lot of hard graft and the turnovers he gets not many people in the league can get.
Willis has become renowned for his work at the breakdown, featuring as one of the Premiership’s top poachers.
“He’s 100% at all times”, Youngs said, “You know what you get with Jack, what he’s like in training he’s like on the pitch. You can’t move him once he gets over it, he’s so flexible.”
Wasps will look to hold off the threat of Dean Richards’ Falcons side in front of their home crowd and retain their third place spot in the league, dodging Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park in the semi-finals.
Newcastle Falcons vs Wasps
Saturday 5th May
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