Johnson relishing biggest game with Wasps

Date published: April 20 2016

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Ashley Johnson is in his fourth year at Wasps and in that time has witnessed a remarkable transformation in the club's fortunes – both on and off the field.

This weekend's Champions Cup semi-final against Saracens shows just how far the club have come and the former Springbok admits it will be the biggest game in his time in Black and Gold.

Hit by injuries and enforced retirements, Dai Young's side only narrowly avoided relegation from the Premiership in the 2011/12 season but have shown gradual improvement every year since.

Last year they returned to Europe's top table and this year finished first in a tough Pool that included defending champions Toulon, Leinster and Bath.

The last English team to win Europe's premier competition in fact was Wasps – back in 2007 – but since then the club's fans have run the full gamut of emotions. And Johnson admits they will use all of that as inspiration when they take on Saracens in Reading this weekend.

"It's the biggest game I have ever played at the club," he told Wasps' official website.

"It's a great opportunity for us, but we don't want it to stop here – we want to go on to bigger and better things – we want to win some silverware, but we know the challenge ahead of us to achieve that.

"This has been a great journey for the club, and to have been here a few years now and witness how it has evolved is fantastic.

"Both on the pitch and off it, we have come a very long way.

"Most of the guys here have been involved in a lot of this journey as well which is great. It is a reward for all the effort that everyone has been putting in."

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