Five re-sign with Wasps

Date published: May 31 2016

Jake Cooper-Woolley, James Gaskell, Alex Lundberg, Simon McIntyre and Will Rowlands have agreed long-term contract extensions with Wasps.

Cooper-Woolley joined Wasps from Cardiff Blues in 2013, with his potential already spotted by Dai Young the previous season during his stand-out performances for Cardiff University. He has become a key figure in Wasps’ pack with his performances at tighthead earning him another England Saxons call-up for the June tour to South Africa.

Gaskell arrived at Wasps ahead of the 2014/15 campaign and has impressed in the second-row, including a man of the match performance in Wasps’ home win over Toulon this season, before a foot injury cut short his season.

England U20s prop Lundberg, who was nominated for Wasps’ Academy Player of the Season, has been awarded a contract with the senior squad. Lundberg has had an excellent season on loan in the Championship, helping Bedford to reach the play-offs.

McIntyre, who can play on both sides of the scrum, joined Wasps from Sale Sharks in 2011 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the club. Forming a strong loosehead trio this season with co-captain Matt Mullan and newcomer Tom Bristow, McIntyre has been at the heart of Wasps’ successful 2015/16 campaign, featuring in 25 out of 31 games.

Highly-rated second-row prospect Rowlands, who is a graduate of Wasps’ Academy and Oxford University, spent the early part of the season on loan with Jersey, before returning to make seven appearances for Wasps.

Wasps’ director of rugby Young said: “We’re delighted to have extended the contracts of these five players, who all deserve their new deals after impressing for Wasps again this season.

“It’s been couple of years of change at Wasps and, with the move of the training ground and playing staff to Coventry next season, we’re really pleased another five players have bought into the vision and are enjoying the direction the club is moving in.

“Jake, James, Alex, Simon and Will are all at different stages of their development, but each of their games has come on significantly this season and, as young, talented players, they still have plenty of exciting potential to fulfil.  They will be looking to kick on with their careers and we’re very pleased they will be doing that in black and gold.”