Interview with Wasps Charlie Hayter

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Q. How has the pre-season been?

A. It’s been very tough, Dai and the rest of the coaching staff have worked us hard so that we can make gains for the long season ahead of us.

Q. What did you get up to outside of rugby?

A. Not much, as the rugby has just been full on. I had a six block of fitness and strength training so I didn’t get much time to myself. I did manage to get down to Cornwall for a couple of days to do some surfing, but it’s primarily just been rugby.

Q. What are your personal goals for this season?

A. Improving my defence and attacking play, which is something that I’ve worked on a lot with Brad Davis and Stephen Jones, and to try to get selected for the team more regularly.

Q. What are the team goals?

A. The main goal for this year is consistency, as last year we faded away badly towards the end of the campaign after such a good start. Alongside consistency, to regain qualification for the Heineken Cup is also a big focus.

Q. Is there any particular area that you worked on as a team during pre-season?

A. Brad Davis the defence coach has put lots of targets in place to help improve our defence. Our attack is good as we have lots of exciting backs, so the targets are to get our defence up to the level of our attack.

Q. Who are going to be your toughest opponents this season?

A. I’m not sure who will be the toughest as lots of teams fall into the bracket of ‘tough’ and there are several sides who will compete for the play-offs and Heineken qualification. Harlequins and Saracens are very strong, but there will be 22 tough games this season, there are no easy games in this league.

Q. What are your thoughts on the new scrum engagement sequence?

A. Well it’s not my area of expertise, but the boys on the front row have said it’s different buts it’s just a matter of getting used to it. It will be interesting to see who reacts quickest to the new engagement sequence.

Q. What do you get up to in your spare time outside of rugby?

A. I play golf, do some cooking, go to the cinema and go and have a coffee with the boys. It’s just stuff to help keep my body in shape when I’m not playing.

Q. Do you do any charity work?

A. As a team, we support Mind Charity.

Q. Is there any particular video game that you like to play in your spare time?

A. I am rubbish at video games so I don’t tend to play them. I think FIFA is being played at some of the boys houses and Tommy Bell claims to be the best at it.

Q. Who’s the biggest joker in the Wasps squad?

A. Elliot Daly

Q. Who’s got the worst fashion sense?

A. Will Taylor, because skinny jeans never look good on a tighthead prop!

Q. Who’s the most popular in the squad with the ladies?

A. Tommy Bell

Q. What’s your favourite thing about being a professional rugby player?

A. I love being in a team environment day to day.

I wish Charlie, and all the London Wasps squad all the best for the coming season.

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