Joe Simpson is looking forward to welcoming his former club, Wasps, to Kingsholm this Saturday in Round 2 of the Gallagher Premiership. The scrum-half was on media duty earlier in the week and previewed the game as well as talking about the possibility of supporters returning before too long.
On facing his former club
“I’m really excited. I was gutted to miss out on our match last season but I enjoyed the one at Kingsholm last year. That was one of my career highlights. I’m really looking forward to seeing the guys again. I obviously haven’t seen them for almost a year now with lockdown. It’ll be nice to see some familiar faces and it’s something that I’m really excited about.”
Wasps’ results last season
“I was a bit taken aback. I knew they had a great squad and they’ve obviously got fantastic players in all positions and it just clicked in the second half of the season. They got players back from injury and had a full squad with some really key men performing at an extremely high level. They looked like a fantastic team, energized, dangerous and their confidence was just sky high and confidence is a massive part of performance in our industry.”
On the possibility of supporters returning
“Gloucester Rugby is one of the clubs that prides themselves on atmosphere. The Shed is fantastic and it gives us such a boost and that’s something that all of the players are looking forward to having back. The crowd here is phenomenal and they really get behind the squad and it does make a difference.
“I hope it will make a difference to the community. It’s been a tough year for everyone and hopefully, for the mental health of some of the fans, being able to get out and see a live sporting event and be with people within a community and to do something outside of the home and outside of that inner circle, I think will be a massive mental boost to the whole fan base.”
Giving back to the Squad of Thousands
“We’re massively privileged to be doing the job that we’re doing but with that privilege comes some responsibility. We have the ability to give massive joy to a whole host of people. That’s something that we have to respect and go out and hopefully give them something to cheer about.”