- Matt Mullan discusses Toulon match this weekend
- The Wasps prop expresses delight over England selection
"What days these are to be a Wasps player, a Wasps coach, a Wasps supporter. These are famous days, days they’ll remember forever."
That's how BT Sport commentator Nick Mullins reacted after Wasps crushed Toulon 32-6 at the Ricoh Arena two months ago.
The emerging Midlands side have been in impeccable form in the Champions Cup after beating three time champions Toulon, three time champions Leinster, and Premiership finalists Bath to sit top of the group of death.
“Whoever they pick in the pack is going to be humongous so it’s going to be a tough day at the office," said Wasps prop and England squad member Matt Mullan. "When I scrummage against Toulon, I’m going to have my work cut out.
“Obviously our win a few months ago was massive for the club. It’s one that will last long in our history and I think the boys are excited for Sunday to try and get the job done.
“Playing away does make it tougher, you’ve got to travel and they have intimidating support at a ground they don’t tend to lose many games at in any competition. But if we can impose our game on them this weekend we’ll have a good chance of winning and getting the job done.”
Wasps are two points ahead of Toulon in Pool 5 with two games left to play. If they beat the French side on Sunday then they go through to the quarter-finals but if they fail then Leinster await them for a must win game in the final round of the group stages.
Wasps’ ambitions are shaping the club to become a European giant which is highlighted so far by the relocation from London to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
“I see us in the press being linked to everybody and anybody but sometimes those signings don’t come off, so to call us the new Toulon is a bit early but for the club to be linked with such high profile names is brilliant for players because you want to play with the best in the world and be successful.
“As a club we’re all about our players keeping their head down and working as hard as they can because we haven’t really achieved anything we want to as a group yet. We’ve progressed each year since I’ve been at the club but we’re a long way off calling ourselves a Toulon because they’ve won the past three European Championships and we haven’t.”
The loose-head prop was selected to join Eddie Jones’ England Squad for the RBS 6 Nations on Wednesday for his sublime form in the Premiership.
Such an honour to be named in the @EnglandRugby squad today. Thank you for all the messages. Exciting times ahead— Matt Mullan (@mattmullan) January 13, 2016
“It’s an honour to be picked for the squad. It’s the pinnacle of any rugby career and I’m really excited to get under way. Obviously it’s not my first time being involved in the squad but hopefully I’ll get a longer run this time round.”
Joe Launchbury, James Haskell and Elliot Daly have also been selected to represent England in February.
“I think Elliot’s been thriving for the past 12 months and his form this season in particular has been outstanding. He gets called this quite a lot but in terms of an X-Factor player he’s someone who can make something happen from nothing.
“So I think when he goes up another level he’ll not only hold his own but thrive on the international stage. Sunday's game will be almost as big as an international so it should be a great test for us."
In their most recent win in the French Top 14, Toulon fielded renowned internationals James O’Connor, Ma’a Nonu, Drew Mitchell, Quade Cooper, Bryan Habana, Mathieu Bastareaud, Juan Fernandez Lobbe, Mamuka Gorgodze, Guilhem Guirado and Maxime Mermoz but to name a few.
Wasps will have their work cut out against a star-studded line-up who have won 86% of all their matches against English opposition in European games.
But Wasps have beaten them once and will be full of confidence as they aim to make it another famous day for the club.