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Ed Jackson says six of the best must include Wasps
ED Jackson is in the best shape of his life after a pre-season that he admits has been a shock to the system.
Every Wasps player has spoken about the step up in intensity from last summer, and new-signing Jackson says it wasn’t like this at London Welsh either.
The back row said: “It’s been a tough pre-season compared to previous ones I’ve done.
“Last year they thought fitness might have been an issue, so they’ve really stepped it up.
“That’s great for the team, but not so fun for the individual.
“It was agony. There were times when I was questioning how much I really love the game, but luckily that time is over now.”
That last comment was tongue in cheek, and Jackson believes he’s arrived at Wasps just as their about to lift off again.
Last season’s eighth place doesn’t fully reflect the strides forward they made from the previous campaign, and if the curve of improvement continues this year Jackson believes the official target of top six is well within reach.
He said: “You need to get a few games into the Premiership to see where other teams are, but top six is a minimum.
“I think the boys are quietly confident that we can maybe push a bit higher than that.”
And his department will have a big say in that after a summer of strengthening has left director of rugby Dai Young with a combination for every occasion.
Jackson said: “There is a varied skill set in the back row.
“There a few different combinations of players that could work well together.
“We’re not all out-and-out tacklers or carriers. There is a mix of everything which I’d like if I was a coach.”
Fitness is one area Wasps hope to be better this season, and defence is another.
Six times last season they conceded 30 or more points in the league, but Jackson is confident that in Brad Davis they have the man to mould them into a much tighter unit.
He said: “I worked with Brad Davis at Bath and he’s put a structure in place here which is effective.
“Teams are going to have to work hard to score against us and I’d like to think that 30 points won’t appear on the opposition scoreboard at any point this season.”
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