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Wasps duo backed for England World Cup selection

Coventry Editorial 9th Apr, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WASPS pair Joe Simpson and Elliot Daly have been tipped as late bloomers for England’s World Cup squad selection after a series of impressive displays this season.

Both players have enjoyed a successful season to date with Wasps and played their part in Sunday’s thrilling 32-18 defeat at Toulon in the European Rugby Champions Cup.

And Young believes the Wasps duo have done enough to force their way into Stuart Lancaster’s World Cup squad later this year.

“I’m biased and I thought he (Simpson) should have been in the squad anyway.” said Young. “He’s been very unlucky not to feature in the squad. Obviously we know there are quality scrum halves right across the board and it’s not up to me to comment on that.

“However, from my point of view, he’s been consistently outstanding both in attack and defence and his kicking game has been top drawer as well. He’s also mastered the game management side. I’ve said it a number of times but I wouldn’t swap him for any other nine in the league.

“The same goes for Elliot Daly. I’m not sure what more some of our players have got to do really. As a club we need to contribute to that as well and if we can be in the top four regularly, it will push our players that little bit further.

“He caused an international centre combination real problems on Sunday. He has the ability to beat people and that’s a rare commodity. Week after week he causes teams problems and if England are going to go out and win the World Cup, he’s the type of player you’ve got to have in the team, so I’d certainly like to think he’s somewhere near it.”

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