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Young hopeful over Daly injury

Elliot Daly scores for Wasps against La Rochelle

Dai Young is hopeful Elliot Daly was not seriously injured while playing a starring role in Wasps’ European Champions Cup win over La Rochelle.


Daly scored a brace of tries in a 21-3 over the Pool 1 leaders at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday, which kept Wasps firmly in the hunt to reach the quarter-finals.

The lively England international hobbled off in the second half with an ankle injury, but Wasps director of rugby Young thinks fly-half Jimmy Gopperth’s damaged knee is a more serious concern.

Young said: “It’s Elliot’s ankle, he’s walking about but we don’t quite know really. Jimmy looks a little bit more serious. It’s a bit of a tweak to his knee, so that’s going to take a scan.

“Elliot doesn’t come off for much but it’s a bang that may certainly put him in doubt for the Gloucester game [on Christmas Eve]. Judging by his reaction it’s not something that will keep him out for a long period.

“Every time he gets his hands on the ball you can expect something will happen. If you put him into a bit of space, he’s going to finish. He is up there with the best finishers.

“They’re the dampeners on what was a really good performance and afternoon. It looks like we’ve picked up two injuries and fingers crossed they’re not too bad.”


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Shaylen 7 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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