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Press Notes | George Skivington on Wasps: "The focus is on us"

Head Coach George Skivington faced the press earlier on in the week ahead of Gloucester Rugby's visit to Wasps in the Gallagher Premiership this Saturday. 

On coming off a win against Worcester 

"The boys feel better when they win but we've had a pragmatic approach like we said we would. Everyone's had a brighter weekend but we're thinking straight away about what we could have done better which there was plenty of and preparing to face Wasps this weekend."

"When you play really well and you win that's great, but sometimes you have to win a game ugly and that definitely was at the weekend! The boys found their way through some tricky spots and we managed to regroup and build back into the game. Worcester applied some good pressure in the second half but again, the boys rolled their sleeves up and did what was necessary. It wasn't pretty by any means but sometimes you've just got to find a way."

On getting a win away from home

"We want to win every game. We always approach every game the same way, home or away. It's more important for us that we keep building on the processes that we're putting in place. There was loads that we didn't get right but if we can get half of what we didn't get right against Worcester then we put ourselves in a good position to beat anybody."

On facing Wasps

"Wasps have had varied form this season but they're a quality side. They were in the final last season and they play some great rugby, so they’ll be more than capable of doing that. We've got full respect for them and we've done our homework, but we've got so much we can improve on as a group that the focus is on us as it has been the last few weeks."

Will international players be available and what boost can they bring? 

"Jonny May isn't available because of the England ruling but the other lads will be available for selection. It's great when they come back from camps as they bring back some energy and they miss being at the place but the guys who have been playing and representing the club have been doing a great job so it's not as simple as the internationals coming back and getting their shirts back. They've got to come back and be in better form than the guys who are playing. I'm really pleased with the guys who are playing for us week in week out."

On injuries

"We've fulfilled every fixture so far this season and with that comes more bangs than other teams have suffered. It's one of those things. We've worked through different injuries and fitness issues and we'll continue to do that but that's the sport at the end of the day. It's a rough game."

On recent contract extensions 

"We're trying to build a squad and there are some good young players here that are getting some exposure and it's important that we don't do what we've done for the last period where we could name a pretty good 15 who have left Gloucester Rugby in recent years. We don't want to develop these players and them to go off somewhere else. We want them to love being here and to play into what we are trying to achieve and give back to them and make them the best players we can. It's great when lads decide that this is where they want to spend their next few years and hopefully that will continue in the future."

George Skivington looks ahead to Wasps