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Wasps centre hopeful of Twickenham return
THIS time a year ago Wasps centre Charlie Hayter was in the Moseley side that lost at home to Nottingham in front of 938 fans.
Next weekend he could run out at Rugby HQ in front of 80,000 fans as Wasps take on Harlequins in the second game of the double header.
Hayter, left, said: “It’s a massive step up at Wasps. There is no room for error, the intensity is higher and the pace is quicker. You have to make decisions in less time and you can’t afford to make more errors.
“But it’s great being around the players and coaches we’ve got here. Stephen Jones and Brad [Davis] have been really good this year and there are a lot of good centre here.
“I’m learning more every time I train. Every day is a learning curve and I’ve got steps up to make in certain areas of my game. I can get better.
“I’m definitely feeling more comfortable with it though and starting to enjoy it, but I’m not too comfortable.”
Hayter made a handful of eye-catching appearances for Wasps in the second half of last season, and has been impressive again in the build-up to this campaign.
However, the competition for places in his position is intense and nobody can be certain of starting at Twickenham.
For Hayter though, it would be a special day. He’s only played there once before, and that was for his school in the Daily Mail Cup back in 2007.
He said: “Centre is a key area for us. We’ve got a lot of good players there and it’s tough place to play. But competition only makes you better.
“I’d love to start at Twickenham, but there are 35 other guys who would love to as well.
“It’s not my call. I’ll just keep working hard and see what happens.”
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