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

“We understand that we have to write our own piece of history. We can’t keep looking back and going to ‘look where they were’ – it’s about creating our own piece of history”

Robson in action against Harlequins last year

Dan Robson says the Wasps cannot live on from the glory years of Dallaglio and must seize this opportunity to write a new chapter in their history.

Wasps won the European Champions Cup twice in four years in the 2000s, but have not lifted a trophy since the Premiership in 2008.

Victory in Lyon today would put them through to the Challenge Cup final and scrum-half Robson said: “We understand that semi-finals don’t happen often.”

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

“We talked about the importance of the history of this club and what happened and we are very proud to be in the situation we find ourselves in,” added Robson.

“But we understand that we also have to write our own story. We can’t keep looking back and going ‘to look where they were’ – it’s about creating our own piece of history.

That’s not it: Wasps celebrate Robson’s score against Northampton in October (above) and (below) Lawrence Dallaglio lifts another trophy in the 2000s


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Robson, who has won 14 caps for England, is one of the current Wasps to have won this competition, albeit as a substitute, during his time at 2015 champions Gloucester.

“I didn’t even make 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.

“Winning anything is quite rare and it’s brilliant competition. You talk to these players who have been playing for so long and haven’t really won much. We must make the most of these big semi-finals.

World Cup winner Malakai Fekitoa returns to midfield after missing out on victory in the quarter-finals in Edinburgh following the birth of his first child. Jacob Umaga is selected at the back.

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