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Quins game is ideal - Young

Wasps must put off-field financial issues to one side when they resume Aviva Premiership business against leaders Harlequins on Saturday.

Rugby director David Young admits it has been "a very difficult week" following news of a planned takeover deal falling through and sparking fears that Wasps could enter administration. The whole situation is ongoing, but it is against that backdrop of uncertainty that 11th-placed Wasps will head to Quins.

"I would be lying if I said that what has happened isn't in the back of people's minds, but we have to control what we can control and let the off-field stuff take care of itself," Young said. "After a very difficult week, I think Harlequins is the ideal game for us to play."

If they triumph at the Twickenham Stoop and bottom club Newcastle fail to topple Kingsholm hosts Gloucester on Saturday, then Wasps are guaranteed not to prop up the Premiership table this term.

Young added: "We have our own job to do and our job is to make sure we are in this league next year. We are up against the top-of-the-table team, so we have to go out and show what we are made of.

"From our point of view, every game is a cup final for us at this point, and we know what a great team we are up against on Saturday.

"We have to come out of the blocks well this weekend because if Harlequins get their noses in front, there will be no coming back."

Apart from Newcastle's visit to the west country, Saturday's busy programme sees an east midlands derby between play-off contenders Northampton and Leicester, while second-placed Saracens are away to London Irish and Worcester host Exeter.

Northampton and Leicester will meet just four weeks after this season's LV= Cup final when Tigers triumphed and Saints forward Calum Clark was cited for foul play and subsequently received a 32-week ban.


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