ELLIOT DALY is set to add another string to his multi-talented bow.
Wasps’ ‘Superman’ ran as back-up fly-half in training ahead of the injury-hit Ricoh outfit’s Champions Cup opener against Ulster in Belfast tonight.
Versatile Daly, 25, plays at outside-centre for his club but is a regular on the wing for England — as well as the Lions — and also covers full-back.
But first-choice No 10 Danny Cipriani is out for three months with a knee injury so Daly is on stand-by if anything happens to playmaker Jimmy Gopperth — even though he has not played the position since he was at school.
And the gig comes with plenty of homework for the lineouts.
He said: “I don’t have to learn all the lineout calls — that would be hell.
“But I’ve probably taken more notes because I have to be calling it if it comes to it.
“We’ll know whether we want a four, five, six or seven-man lineout — but I just want the ball really. We need to get our attack going in these next two games and score some good tries.”
Wasps are loving a change of scenery after four Premiership defeats in a row.
But they are up against a familiar face in former Wasps star Charles Piutau.
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Daly added: “They have quality all around the pitch but we need to be good with our kicking game not to give him too much space.
“Charles is so unpredictable — anything is on at any time. He set up a try for Ulster the other week running from their own half.
“It would be nice if he was still on our side.”
HARLEQUINS: Injuries and question-marks over their form remain and it’s doubtful they have the strength in depth.
LA ROCHELLE: Came from nowhere to finish top of Top 14 and will surely be a force in first attempt at Champions Cup.
ULSTER: Will fancy their chances with ex-All Black Charles Piutau in their ranks, especially if they win tonight.
WASPS: Ravaged by injuries, last season’s Prem runners-up may already be saying goodbye to any Euro dreams.
Fordham’s fancy: La Rochelle
CLERMONT: Beaten by Sarries in last year’s final and one of the favourites to get there again. So strong at home.
NORTHAMPTON: Great start to the season but much depends on Saints’ opener against Saracens on Sunday.
OSPREYS: In a formidable group, the Welsh region will be doing little more than making up the numbers.
SARACENS: Looking to follow Toulon by winning three Euro titles in a row. Owen Farrell leads a world-class squad.
Fordham’s fancy: Saracens
EXETER: Premiership champs are in only their fifth European Cup campaign and find themselves in a tricky group.
GLASGOW: Well beaten in the quarter-final by Saracens last year. Have unfinished business now, though.
LEINSTER: Three-times winners will be looking to show they have not lost their pedigree under Stuart Lancaster.
MONTPELLIER: Mega-rich French side will look to All Blacks’ Aaron Cruden to lead them to a first final.
Fordham’s fancy: Montpellier
CASTRES: Weakest of the French sides. Don’t expect them to do anything but prop up the pool.
LEICESTER: George Ford will be driving their Euro hunt and with Matt Toomua alongside they look well up for the fight.
MUNSTER: Another club with former glories but no recent success to shout about. Will hope their Lions lead the way.
RACING 92: Dan Carter (above) is the star of the show here, but lost four of their opening seven games in Top 14.
Fordham’s fancy: Leicester
BATH: Stumbled around in Europe far too long now but their international contingent will want to change that.
TREVISO: Italians have absolutely no hope. But how many points the rest pile up against them could be decisive.
TOULON: Still have big-name players such as Chris Ashton to light it up but perhaps not the force they were.
SCARLETS: Pro12 winners will have sights on another trophy for Wales. Losing Liam Williams to Saracens is huge, though.
Fordham’s fancy: Toulon
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