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Chris Bell remaining vocal despite losing captaincy

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London Wasps centre Chris Bell insists he is still a vocal presence in the side despite losing the captaincy to James Haskell.

31-year old Bell enjoyed two years as skipper and helped guide the club to European qualification for the first time in four seasons last time out.

But director of rugby Dai Green opted for a change in captain - however Bell was adamant that won't change his current mindset.

"As you can probably tell, I talk quite a lot anyway. You're going to struggle to shut me up," he is quoted by BBC as saying.

"If I think there's something to be said I will say it, as will a lot of the other players in the squad."

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Role model

Despite handing the captaincy over to England forward Haskell, Bell feels his team-mate is an excellent leader and admits he won't do things differently without the armband.

He said: "To be honest the only thing I did differently last year was toss the coin.

"Dai's asked me to carry on as I had been the two previous years and it's the same for James.

"James is brilliant. He was a huge help to me last season, he's a terrific role model.

"I'll be trying to offer him similar support this season and he's a great man to lead this club."

Tough start

Wasps have endured a difficult start to the new Aviva Premiership campaign, losing to both Harlequins and Saracens, although they did manage to spring a surprise with a win over last season's champions Northampton Saints.

"We're really frustrated with those games. We could have got more out of them. But you have to move on pretty sharpish," Bell added.

"The top four teams, the intensity of their matches is something else when you play them. Most of the games are about one score and when you get that score.

"It's about doing the right thing at the right time under huge amounts of pressure."

Wasps will be bidding to return to winning ways when they host Newcastle on Sunday.

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