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Young not dwelling on bad luck

Dai Young has underlined that Wasps have no intention of throwing in the towel as they scrap for Aviva Premiership safety.

The 2004 and 2007 European champions face another crunch encounter on Saturday when they host London Irish, following a week where centre Riki Flutey and lock Marco Wentzel have been ruled out for the rest of this season through injury.

However, rugby director Young is in no mood to seek excuses, and said: "Clearly, we have been seriously affected by a huge number of injuries, and it is quite unprecedented when you start adding up the number of surgeries the squad has had to contend with alone."

He added: "We have examined extremely carefully every single aspect of our training to make sure that there are no contributing factors in that respect.

"But the simple fact is that the majority of our injuries are impact injuries in games, and you just have to sometimes put that down to cruel luck.

"I am not one to sit down to dwell on that kind of luck. We've got to just work as hard as we can with the players who are fit, and keep improving to get the points we all desperately want.

"I am proud of what I am getting from the lads who are fit and out there working hard day in, day out.

"We are not where we are in the league from lack of desire or effort, and we have got to keep working hard to turn the results around.

"We have six league games left, and we are targeting six wins. If you don't do that you may as well throw in the towel, and we certainly won't be doing that."

Wasps are currently six points above bottom club Newcastle and it would be no surprise if relegation was not decided until May 5 - the regular league season's final weekend - when the clubs clash at Adams Park.


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