Wednesday 21 March 2018

Dai Young backs Wasps star Elliot Daly for England

Dai Young's side romped to victory at the Ricoh Arena
Dai Young's side romped to victory at the Ricoh Arena

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young insisted Elliot Daly can do nothing more in his pursuit of starting England's in RBS 6 Nations campaign.

Daly ran in an electric try second-half try in a 51-10 demolition of Leinster at the Ricoh Arena that saw Wasps power into the Champions Cup quarter-finals as Pool Five winners.

The uncapped 23-year-old, who was named man of the match, is competing with Jonathan Joseph to start at outside centre when England face Scotland at Murrayfield on February 6.

"Elliot has been struggling with a bad hamstring all week. If that's him playing with one bad hamstring, I don't mind him having two," Young said.

"He was outstanding and while I don't select the England team, I don't think he can do any more. He showed what a threat he is against the best in Europe.

"He's also been excellent at the bread and butter stuff like defence that you expect from an international centre.

"He's shown his all-round game and it would be hard not to pick him."

Wasps amassed seven tries as Leinster were put to the sword in another remarkable afternoon in Europe for a club that was drawn in the competition's 'group of death' that also featured Toulon and Bath.

"We're definitely in the quarter-finals and that's important," said Young, who revealed that scrum-half Joe Simpson sustained an ankle injury that will be assessed over the coming days.

"Topping the group is a major achievement. If we can get a home draw, we'll be thrilled.

"If we don't we'll be happy to go wherever we have to. We've shown already in this competition we can win away....we've gone to Dublin and Bath and won and probably should have won in Toulon last weekend as well.

"It's not beyond us to go to some difficult places and win, but just to be in the quarter-finals for two years on the trot is a huge statement from the club. We'll enjoy this evening."

Ireland were given an injury scare ahead of their Six Nations match against Wales on February 7 when Johnny Sexton's afternoon was ended after only 10 minutes due to concussion.

Sexton was receiving treatment after being dazed and as the game continued around him, he rose to his feet and made another tackle. Once play stopped, Leinster's medic returned and the fly-half was helped from the pitch.

"Johnny got just a head knock. We didn't want to risk him going back out there," Leinster head coach Leo Cullen said.

"He's up and about in the dressing room being assessed, so he'll follow the usual return to play protocols.

"Those guys are in (Ireland) camp next week, but he looked OK in the dressing room there."

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