Ruaridh Jackson, Jimmy Gopperth, or Alex Lozowski – The Dilemma at 10

Ruaridh Jackson

Photo: Richard Lane/Richard Lane Photography. Wasps Training. 21/08/2014. Wasps’ Ruaridh Jackson.

Last season Wasps found themselves in a tricky situation at Fly Half. We had Andy Goode who was coming to the end of his career, Ruaridh Jackson, a top tier International player, and Alex Lozowski, a talented young player who’d prioritised getting a degree over his rugby, and was now ready to start playing properly. It was an enivaible position for a team looking to improve on their position the year before. But sadly it didn’t work out quite that way. Right at the start of the season Jackson ruptured his ACL and was forced to sit out the rest of the season. Goode played more games than he had any right to, and did a remarkable job. Lozowski covered when he had to and showed some real natural ability. But when Goode left at the end of the season we either needed to bank everything on Jackson having recovered enough to take on the first choice role he was originally signed for, or bring in another player.

The management opted for the second choice, and signed Jimmy Gopperth. A seasoned Kiwi with a good record for solidity and game management.

This season started and we found ourselves in astrange position. Gopperth was first choice to start, and did a serviceable job, but the team didn’t really fire. Against Leicester Tigers he clearly became frustrated and, completely out of character, took out Matthew Tait illegally earning himself a red card, and a three game ban. It was time for Jackson to shine.

Shine he most certainly did. He lead the team to consecutive wins against Gloucester, Leinster, and Toulon, and helped guide us to another win against London Irish.

So now Dai Young has another dilemma. He has Jimmy Gopperth, a man who has proved himself time and time again at the top level. Ruaridh Jackson who has played internationally and has lead Wasps to some of their greatest successes in over a decade, and Alex Lozowski, touted as the best young talent in the Premiership.

Who will he start with?