Wasps’ Simpson out for 12 weeks

Date published: January 29 2016

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Scrum-half Craig Hampson will join up with Wasps on a loan deal from Bristol after Joe Simpson was ruled out for 12 weeks.

Following his injury in Wasps’ Champions Cup win over Leinster, Joe Simpson has had to undergo surgery on his ankle and is expected to be out for 12 weeks.

Dai Young has moved quickly to bring in cover at scrum-half, with Craig Hampson joining up with the squad on loan from Bristol.

25-year-old Hampson joined Bristol ahead of the 2014/15 season, having been named in the Championship Dream Team XV after an impressive 2013/14 campaign with Yorkshire Carnegie and has gone on to make 39 appearances for the West-Country side. 

On the loan deal, Dai Young said, “It is obviously disappointing for everyone that Joe [Simpson] has had to undergo surgery on his ankle, especially at a time when he was playing so well and I’m sure he was knocking on the door for international recognition.

"His ankle was quite swollen, so it took a little bit longer for the results to come back, but he has had his surgery and we now wish him all the best for his recovery.”

“Joe’s injury leaves us a little light at scrum-half, so it is great that we have been able to bring in Craig [Hampson] so quickly.

"Craig has impressed in the Championship for both Bristol and Yorkshire Carnegie and we’re looking forward to him joining up with the squad.”

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