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Last Updated: Monday, 21 May 2007, 06:13 GMT 07:13 UK
Wasps need investment - Dallaglio
By Bryn Palmer
BBC Sport at Twickenham

Lawrence Dallaglio embraces Wasps winger Paul Sackey
Dallaglio is determined to keep Wasps at the top of the tree

Lawrence Dallaglio believes Wasps need greater financial muscle if they are to maintain their run of success.

Their second Heineken Cup victory on Sunday was their sixth trophy since 2003, including three Premiership titles and a domestic cup.

"We don't have the resources Leicester have and it is something we have got to sort out," said the Wasps captain.

"We've got to examine ourselves off the field because there are clubs out there who have a lot more financial clout."

I can understand why everyone was talking about them beforehand but they won their two trophies when they were not put under any pressure

Wasps captain Lawrence Dallaglio

Wasps have moved their base in the professional era firstly from Sudbury to Shepherd's Bush and more recently to High Wycombe, where they share the 10,000-capacity Adams Park with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club.

They do not have the same sort of budget enjoyed by the Tigers and their relegated Midlands rivals Northampton, let alone the major French clubs, but have thrived despite their relatively small size and nomadic existence.

"We are just hanging in there by comparison," Dallaglio said as he noted Wasps have joined an elite group (with Leicester, and three-times winners Toulouse) who have won Europe's showpiece club tournament at least twice.

606: DEBATE

"We haven't got the buying power, the strength in depth or a stadium of our own.

"But we have got soul in our team and that is why we have stood toe-to-toe with Leicester in the professional era.

"This victory is very important to us. It shows everything we are about as a group.

"Leicester have had a fantastic season and had the depth to compete on three fronts, but we targeted this competition at the start of the season and we have won it."

Wasps celebrate after winning their second Heineken Cup
Everyone was telling me it was the best Leicester team ever so that must make us the best Wasps team ever

Wasps captain Lawrence Dallaglio

Dallaglio led the charge of Wasps' veteran brigade, as fly-half Alex King, centre Fraser Waters, hooker Raphael Ibanez and lock Simon Shaw all played major roles in what the skipper called his finest hour in club rugby.

"It is number one without a doubt," he added. "Everyone was telling me it was the best Leicester team ever, so that must make us the best Wasps team ever.

"But you only win these games if you believe you can win from the start.

"We had the captains of France (Ibanez) and England (Phil Vickery) and a few other older players and we had the belief in our team. That is half the battle against Leicester.

"I can understand why everyone was talking about them beforehand but they won their two trophies when they were not put under any pressure.

"But we asked them questions and showed great maturity in the second half to close the game out. We didn't let Leicester score a single point, let alone a try, which says everything."

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