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Dan Robson urges Wasps to write new chapter in history after the Dallaglio Years

Mirror logo Mirror 14/05/2022 Alex Spink

Dan Robson says Wasps can’t keep living off the Dallaglio glory years and must seize this opportunity to write a new chapter in their history.

Wasps were European Champions Cup winners twice in four years in the noughties but have not won a trophy since the Premiership in 2008.

Victory at Lyon today would put them in the Challenge Cup final and scrum-half Robson said: “We have got understand that semi-finals don’t come around often.”

They used to, of course, when Wasps were London-based and won 11 trophies between 1997-2008.

“We have spoken about how important the history of this club is and what has gone and we are very proud to be in the situation we are,” Robson added.

“But we are understanding we have got to write our own bit of history as well. We can’t just keep looking back and going ‘look where they were’ - it is all about making our own bit of history.”

This not that: Wasps celebrate Robson scoring against Northampton in October (above) and (below) Lawrence Dallaglio lifts yet another trophy in the Noughties © Robbie Stephenson/JMP/REX/Shutterstock This not that: Wasps celebrate Robson scoring against Northampton in October (above) and (below) Lawrence Dallaglio lifts yet another trophy in the Noughties

Robson, who won 14 caps for England, is one current Wasp to have won this competition, albeit as a replacement, during his time at 2015 champions Gloucester.

“I didn’t even get on in that final but I was still buzzing, I still am,” he said. “Hopefully I can get some minutes in this game and help us get to this final.

“To win anything is pretty scarce and this is a brilliant competition. “You speak to these players who have been playing for so long and haven’t really won much. You have got to make the most of these big semi-finals.”

World Cup winner Malakai Fekitoa returns in midfield having missed the quarter-final win at Edinburgh following the birth of his first child. Jacob Umaga is selected at full-back.

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