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New Wasps centre impressed by young talent
BEN Jacobs has only been back at Wasps for a few weeks, but says the vibe and talent has improved since he was last on the roster.
Jacobs left after two seasons at the end of Tony Hanks’ final year in charge.
Wasps finished ninth that season and were in the midst of a downward spiral that very nearly cost the club it’s very existence a year later.
But former captain Jacobs thinks it’s all change now.
He said: “The way we go about things is different. Everything is very positive and there is a great vibe here.
“Everyone is keen to keep training and start playing. There is definitely a different feel now.
“Dai handles the group really well and has good backroom staff.
“I think it’s a really good environment and a healthy environment too.”
News that a new major sponsor will be announced shortly further improves the mood, and Jacobs believes on the pitch things are looking up as well.
“I think the squad’s stronger than when I left. We’ve got a really good balance.
“It’s probably younger than when I was here, but that’s a good thing in this day and age.
“The forwards know their roles really well. We’re still getting those combinations together, but in the limited time we’ve had since coming back they seem to be going very well.
“And in the backs, we’ve got some great centres and a great back three. Andy Goode coming in helps a lot with the kicking game and game management, and the depth of quality is pretty strong.”
Most significantly, the stars of the academy during Jacobs’ first stint are now stars of the first team; Joe Launchbury, Christian Wade and Elliot Daly have now played 150 times between them for the club. Jacobs said: “With their talent, you might as well use it as much as you can.
“Obviously you can’t push it too hard because they’re young, but they all want to play every game.
“They were still academy boys when I was first here, coming into the first team and playing bits and pieces.
“But you could definitely see that they were going to go on to bigger and better things, which they have.
“It’s great for Wasps that they’re here for a good couple of years because they’ve all signed.
“Those guys have played a fair bit of Premiership rugby over the last couple of years and will only get better."
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