Rob­son in­jury gives Joe space to state his case

The Rugby Paper - - News - By NEALE HAR­VEY

LONG-SERV­ING scrumhalf Joe Simp­son be­lieves his per­for­mances over the next three months will dic­tate whether he still has a fu­ture at Wasps.

Simp­son, 30, has been frus­trated at play­ing sec­ond fid­dle to Eng­land hope­ful Dan Rob­son since the start of last sea­son. How­ever, with Rob­son out un­til Jan­uary with an an­kle in­jury, he aims to prove why boss Dai Young should of­fer him a new deal.

While Har­lequins and Eal­ing are in­ter­ested in tempt­ing him south, Simp­son,

right, told The

Rugby Pa­per: “I don’t know what I’m do­ing yet and noth­ing is sorted.

“It’s been a frus­trat­ing time but I’ve gen­uinely en­joyed the last two matches I started against Le­in­ster and Bath and be­ing able to con­trib­ute to a club I love. “If I can just keep com­ing off the pitch with my head held high that’s all I want and if I can do more of that I’m sure my longterm fu­ture will sort it­self out. “I just want to con­cen­trate on play­ing rugby and try­ing to per­form. I feel good body­wise and even though I don’t re­ally know what will hap­pen, Dan’s in­jury has given me an op­por­tu­nity to get out there, ex­press my­self again and re­ally push on.”

Whilst Chris­tian Wade’s depar­ture state­side for a crack at NFL was a huge shock, Simp­son is con­fi­dent Wasps still have the fire­power to chal­lenge for the Premier­ship ti­tle.

He said: “Chris­tian was one of the great­est Wasps play­ers ever and he was like a brother. I’ve known him since he was 18 and we’ll al­ways be friends.

“Af­ter the de­par­tures of Danny Cipri­ani and James Haskell there are only a few of the old guard left – my­self, Joe Launch­bury and Si­mon McIntyre – but every club has a nat­u­ral turnover and it’s up to the rest of us now to kick-on and pick things up.

“We haven’t re­ally put in an 80-minute per­for­mance that we’re pleased with, but we’re still third in the Premier­ship and can make that top four.

“Ball in hand we’re still very dan­ger­ous and I’ve got com­plete faith in my own abil­ity to show peo­ple that I can do the job that’s re­quired of me.”

In­jured: Dan Rob­son

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