Feels pretty familiar. 2003 - 2005 we absolutely dominated. But the press never talked about us - only ever about Gloucester, tigers and Bath. And only Lawrence, worzle and josh got the England recognition. Kinga got stuck behind wilko, Grayson, catt, Hodgson?. Shaw got into the World Cup squad but only as 4th or 5th choice. Waters was always overlooked. So too will green, volley...
The best answer to this is to win the league. Finish top. Win the final. To do that we'll have beaten sarries twice or sarries and chiefs in the space of three weeks.
Meanwhile the post lions season always throws up an interesting mix. Sarries should probably struggle early doors and they'll be carrying 8-10 knackered guys who are also looking at a heavy England autumn. So with most of the wasps squad able to hit the beach and then come together for a good pre season we should have every chance to hit the ground running again. All the team can do is start winning stuff and keep winning it.
Quote:With the various squads announced and Wasps players seeming to be ignored it is hard not to conclude that we aren't rated as serious top level contenders
The two are definitely connected, without seeming to put down the achievements of this year Wasps have been missing fewer players than say Sarries during the international windows, placing you top of the league thanks to games won and bonus points earned during these periods.
The obvious answer to critics is to win the premiership semi/ final against Sarries/ Exeter when both first 23s are out but by that point it is too late for the summer tours.
Like it or not it is essentially why the play offs exist to address the missing players for large parts of the season.