Les Kiss After Ulster Said,” I Expect Better”

It could have been a friendly pre-season; however, for Director of Rugby for Ulster, Les Kiss was still left hurt by the home defeat of last night to Wasps.

Two weeks are over from the first game of the side of the Pro14 campaign, opposite the Cheetahs. The Wasps were the second best at the Kingspan Stadium, by losing match with the score 26-15.

“Definitely, there is a disappointment,” said an Australian player who is entering his third season now at the province.

“When it comes to playing at home, any team never likes to lose in any conditions, no matter what is at stake. There are some of the game components present where the boys would anticipate a lot better about themselves. In the pre-season, we have been trying to work on that and on a lot of other things, and this certainly includes getting some new patterns, new coaches, however, as of now, I don’t believe we have got into any flow.

He further added that, “The team was behind the eight ball a little bit too often. It could be possible that, they got the ball in a bit easier way than we got it. Moreover, to start that game’s second half, there was 20 minutes, and this helped them to dominate field position and because of that only they put our team under real pressure.“

“With the friendly results, you can go down a rabbit hole in both ways, however, it is not at all nice or good to lose match at home, when there is so much of moral support is present.

“I expect from the team as well as for myself, to deliver a better performance on the field with better coordination within the team,” he further added this.


As long as Wasps can take a sliver of consolation from the sucker punch of losing the final in extra time of the match to their rivals, Exeter, then it can be found in the list of Premiership winners where six of the previous nine winners lost in the previous year’s final.

It’s now Exeter’s turn this year, twelve months after failing to turn up in the first half of their 28-20 lossto Saracens.

As unbearable as the experience of losing a final seems, there is no better preparation or motivation for the following campaign.

Definitely, seeing the stage fright in Wasps’ performance was easy. Professional performers like Jimmy Gopperth, Danny Cipriani and James Haskell made the most basic of mistakes / errors:in the case of Gopperth dropping the ball when seized by indecision over whether to kick or pass.

Though, Dai Young’s team recovered by force either side of half-time, the poor start eventually cost them the chance of victory in normal time.

“Experience obviously adds to it, and we have heard on many occasions from some of the senior players from Saracens that a lot of their successes over the past couple of years have been built on the heartaches of being defeated in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals,” Young said.

He stated that he would not however want to go through all that. However, he also noted that if that would be the condition for winning, then he would not mind.

Young has been praised for eschewing the option of going to uncontested scrums once both his specialist tight heads, Phil Swainston and Marty Moore, were taken away by injury.

Exeter’s winning points in extra time came from a scrum penalty against Matt Mullan.

Wasps On A High This Season

The Wasps have definitely been on a high this Premier League season and as the Champions Cup comes to an end there is more for the fans to look forward to. ‘

Indeed the most expert term them as Entertainers as the players can swashbuckle their way and put in a goal, even when there is no possibility in sight. This often brings about comparisons between the Newcastle United team of the late nineties with the current day Wasps. However the director of rugby of the team, Dai Young does not want more comparisons or hype to be made.

He has definitely helped to turn around the team that now has a lot of young talent who have become a force to be reckoned with on the field. Indeed, the team can be compared to other talented teams among national rugby teams. The team had been facing extinction and the director as well as the coaches has been able to execute the right strategies to get the team back in a formidable form. The team now has a new home in Coventry and the future is looking bright for them. This year the team heads the Aviva Premiership rankings.

As four games remain in the Champions Cup they are assured of a playoff position. In the upcoming weekend Leinster would be facing Wasps in Dublin at the Aviva Stadium. The two teams will fight for a position in the semi finals. Young states that, the Wasps have accumulated about 550 points in this Premiership season but that will not account for anything unless they have a significant win at the end. His attitude probably echoes a level headed approach to keeping the hype down, and keeping the players focused on the game. Having brought around a team’s performance to international standards is hard work indeed and that should be kept focused and low key till a significant victory has been achieved.

Wasps Get Beale Back

Wasps team would be seeing Kurtley Beale debuting in the team soon.

He is an international player in Australia who scored 12 on a total of 60 Tests that he appeared on behalf of his country. This year saw him out of the fields mostly as he was recovering from injuries for a period of seven months. Dai Young, who is director of rugby for the team, has confirmed his participation. Beale had agreed to join the team on 13th of May but he suffered a knee injury soon after the agreement was signed. At that time he had been playing for the New South Wales team in the Super Rugby category.

The contract for the 27 year old player expires by the end of the season. He is also known to be one of the best paid Premiership players. However, Wasps team was unable to cash in on his skills and talent this year. However the closing matches that are scheduled would probably see him lining up to play. For instance, the European Champions Cup is a game that is coming up this Sunday where the team would be playing against Connacht.

Young is hopeful of his participation, which should bolster the team ranks for the remaining matches of the season. Kurtley has been missing since the time he signed up and the team has definitely missed his participation. However, he was training over the last few weeks and that has given glimpses of his comeback talents. Beale had been down as the patellar tendon had come off from his knee cap. He stated that he was glad of the support he obtained from the club as he recovered. He states that he looks forward to participating in full form and hopefully his knee will not be a hindrance.


2003 World Cup winner and English Rugby legend, Jason Robinson has sympathized with Elliot Daly, in lieu of the recent red card and a 3 week ban handed to him after England’s game against Argentina just last weekend at Twickenham.

Robinson, who during his union career days, had played with huge distinction at the full back position and on the wing, also attributed Daly’s mistimed tackle to lack of experience in the position.

Wasps centre Daly, had taken out LeornadoSenatore in the air, thus causing the player to land on his head.

Daly had been selected to play out of his position on the left wing, for a second time by Eddie Jones, after he had shown an impressive display against Fiji.

Robinson also believes that the red card handed out to Daly was as a result of his lack of game time and training on the wing. He thus urged Coach Jones to look more critically at his selections from henceforth.

Elliot was quoted saying,

“He doesn’t do that all the time. The week before he did a good job, but I don’t think he was tested in the same way against Fiji – they weren’t at the races for long periods of the game.

“Elliot is skilful, he has got a massive boot on him and he does add a lot, but there is more to being on the wing for England.”

Robinson however believes that the incident was accidental and not an intentional one, so it was wrong to have dished out a red card to Daly as a result of that.

He also went on to defend Daly and sympathize with him, hoping that the Wasps centre serves his time, learns quickly from his mistake, and comes back a lot stronger.

Wasps Stings Bristol Very Badly

The Aviva Premiership game between Wasps and Bristol ended with a huge win for the Wasps and by virtue of this win the Wasps team is still unbeaten in this championship this season.

The poor Bristol side had nowhere to hide as they were thrashed by an inform Wasps team with a score line of 70-22 at the Ricoh Arena. This was one of the most convincing wins that wasps team has had this season.

The home side had pace as well as power to overcome everything that Bristol put against them. The Wasps were on top of their game right from the start and they soon had four tries within the first 17 minutes of the match. The team went on to score a total of 10 tries in the game. The players that had successful tries for Wasps are: Ashley Johnson, Christian Wade and Elliot Daly (two tries each) and Matt Symons, Jake Cooper, Danny Cipriani and Tommy Taylor were the others with a single try. Jimmy Gopperth was the leading scorer for the Wasps as he amassed a total of 20 points by converting seven and then winning two penalty kicks as well.

The Wasps have won three games out of the three they have played and look to be in top form. This is the kind of form that the team needs when they will be facing the current European and English champions Saracens. The team and its management will be hoping that this form continues and Wasps go places from here. Right from the start of the game on Sunday at Ricoh Arena, Wasps were on top of the game and won an early infringement. The kick was neatly placed in the corner and from the lineout Tommy Taylor went over the line to open the score for Wasps.

Wasps And Their Plans For The Training Center

The team has plans for developing a training center in their home ground of Coventry City Academy.

There are plans for developing a training center that would be worth seven million in pounds. However there have come by some objections to the plans. The funding is being considered for the Alan Edward Higgs center. The objections are for the plan applications that have been received. The plans are to redevelop a portion of the site that is used by the Academy of Coventry City. The club that belongs to the Premiership has plans to launch a training center along with the Coventry City Council.

The doubts that arise are due to the agreement with Allard Way site that will expire with the Academy in 2017. Facilities that are redeveloped might come into conflict and it might also raise questions as to whether the club will be able to retain its category two status in the Premiership. This also involves the funds that come in from Premier League which are about £500,000 that include different funds for the team. The agreement that the club has with the current venue can only last for seven years.

No other deal can be formed and it definitely cannot include redevelopment plans. There is a clause added by Alan Edwards Higgs Charity organization where it states that no long term arrangement can be made with any entity or organization. However, a short term deal can always be worked out. The Wasps are not alone in wanting a better training center that is looked forward to by most clubs around the world. However, it needs to be in congruence with existing legal agreements and should be for the betterment for the present management and players and for the players in the future.

Wasps RUFC accounts reveal huge debts

The Coventry City Council has found itself in the midst of another controversy over its deal for the Ricoh Arena with the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Wasps RUFC following the publication of the club’s latest account, which has revealed debts of nearly £ 22 million.

Moreover, Coventry City Football Club’s accounts have also revealed the perilous position that they are in without a stadium. The football club’s accounts for the for the 2013/14 season had revealed debts of a whopping £ 61 million which have now been converted into shares, leaving the club’s trading company Otium with a debt of nearly £ 9.6 million.

The Wasps, on the other hand, have an outstanding loan of £ 22 million to a holding company based in Malta and to its owner Derek Richardson. This debt is owed by the Wasps RUFC on top of the £ 13.4 million it owes to the Coventry City Council for the ownership of the Arena Coventry Limited.

Questions are already being raised over the ability of the ACL to pay back the loans plus interest to the taxpayer within the stipulated 20 year period which amounts to a staggering £ 1.3 million a year.

ACL recorded losses of £ 400,000 last season when the Wasps had suffered a loss of £ 4 million. The company that holds the Wasps has also taken out loans on future income while attendances for the Ricoh Arena has seen a lift in recent weeks following the free tickets distribution.

According to experts, sports companies get money from three areas – TV money, commercial income and fans and with rugby’s TV deal a lot less lucrative than in football, the Wasps RUFC might find it extremely difficult to keep their end of the bargain when the time to pay is up.

Wasps Are Gaining Popularity In Europe

Fortunes are rising for the Wasps both off and on the pitch as they moved to the Ricoh Arena the previous year.

Most would have thought that the giants would not have been able to wake up from the deep slumber had it not been a rising gain in their fortunes. The status which the Wasps are trying to attain is plausible.

The performance of the team along with the other clubs of England has been on the rise. The club has gained six top titles of the domestic flight and two cups of the Europe. The growth has been quite explosive but a controversial one as well. They have doubled their facility in terms of casino, hotel, space for exhibition and a conference hall as well.

Armstrong stated that their prime objective is to bring back the club to its former state of glory but for that growth of finance is equally important which has been progressive so far.

On the basis of revenue, they are the biggest in Europe and share the pride. The stadium is also an arena which will be boosted for the better success. The plan of development is in progress and they do not think that there is any reason why the team cannot be in top four. The plan will be executed quickly and if not in this season then there is next year to usher on. They have to get the silverware anyhow and they have two priorities as of now which are to play and the financial priority.

Success on the pitch is what they are looking for at the moment. Ambitions are giddy but they want to rise up to the occasion at all times. The salary cap in all probability will be retained by the Wasps according to the spokesman.

Williams hopeful of place in Wales Rugby Team

Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club player Owen Williams has refused to divulge any detail about whether he had actually spoken to Warren Gatland, the coach of the Wales Rugby Team about his future with the national team after putting pen to paper on a new contract with the record Aviva Premiership champions.

Williams did admit that the adrenaline rush of walking out on to the field in front of 20,000 fans screaming their lungs out was too good a rush to throw away and it was the main reason for him signing a contract with the club.

But he mentioned that he remains hopeful of earning a recall to the Wales setup after turning down a contract offer from the Scarlets as well as the possibility of securing the controversial national dual contract with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

Gatland is set to announce the Wales Rugby Team squad for the Six Nations Championship shortly and Williams, still uncapped, is pushing for a place in the side.

He has a lot of competition ahead of him but he is not one to back away from a battle to secure his position in the team. He said that he would love to play for Wales but he will have to wait and see.

He was asked if he had any regrets about his decision of staying with the twice European champions to whom he said that he is very pleased to have re-signed his contract with the Tigers and he is looking forward to spending a long time at Welford Road.

Owen Williams said that he made an informed decision and has no regrets whatsoever but he would also love the chance to represent the Wales Rugby Team in the future and hopes to be given that opportunity soon enough.