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Wasps wing Bassett a quick learner
ANY winger joining Wasps during the summer must have had to think long and hard about the move.
Trying to prise open a gap between the two joint top try-scorers last season is a daunting prospect for anyone, but for a Championship winger with only six seasons in the game it might sound like a bridge too far.
Josh Bassett said: “I want to push them as hard as I can and when I get the opportunity I want to stake a claim for the jersey.
“Dai [Young, director of rugby] said it’s going to be the best players playing at the weekend so you’ve just got to get your head down and do the hard work.
“It’s all about your performances and if you’re in form you’re in form.
“There are boys who were in the Championship last year playing the first game at Twickenham and did really well.”
Bassett didn’t make the squad at Rugby HQ, but he’s earned widespread praise for his performances during pre-season and has taken the switch to professional sport in his languid stride.
He said: “Coming into a professional set-up from a semi-professional club is always a bit of a shock, but it’s a great environment.
“It was difficult leaving because I was born and bred in Bedford. I came through the academy and had two years in the first team.
“It’s always hard leaving home, but this was a great opportunity for me and I’m really enjoying it.
“There are some pretty good wingers here but they’ve both been helping me a lot. They’ve got experience at this level and higher and if they can teach me a few things I’ll be very happy.
“I’m very keen on learning because I only started playing when I was 15.
“I had been playing football but all my mates played rugby so I went down with them.
“I struggled the first couple of seasons, but had some great coaches at a young age and they helped me a lot.
“I had to make the decision at about 16/17 and thought rugby was going to be better for me.
“It’s turned out not to bad.”
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