Hughes' marriage of inconvenience

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WASPS will go to Paris tomorrow without a player who has come from nowhere to become a real talisman for the team.

Nathan Hughes has stamped his authority on Wasps with a series of Man of the Match awards in the last few months.

But Wasps will have to do without his inspirational presence as he’s returned to Fiji to get married.

Director of rugby Dai Young said: “It’s disappointing. He organised it a year in advance, before he even got here in the summer and he’s got family coming from all over the world.

“He delayed going back so he could play the first game, but obviously he couldn’t change his wedding.

“We’d love him to be part of it, but he goes with our best wishes. This is something he planned a long time ago and these play-offs were only organised in the last six weeks or so.

But Young admits he’ll be missed.

He said: “Over the last two months he’s been excellent and he’s certainly shown what a big influence he’s going to be next season.

“I still think he needs to improve his fitness and his defensive capabilities, but with ball in hand he’s showed what a player he is.”

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