Weepu jumps ship to Wasps

Date published: February 27 2015

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Wasps have announced the arrival of World Cup winner Piri Weepu from London Welsh and Gloucester full-back Martyn Thomas as injury cover until the end of the season.

Weepu has been released from his contract with London Welsh and will join up with the Wasps squad for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign, ahead of his move to Oyonnax next season.
 
With 71 test caps for the All Blacks to his name, including a World Cup win in 2011, Weepu will add a wealth of experience to the squad. With injuries to Charlie Davies and Jack Moates, he will provide competition and backup for Joe Simpson at scrum-half.
 
Thomas, who will be familiar to the Aviva Premiership from his two seasons with Gloucester, made 39 appearances for the Cherry and Whites after joining from Newport Gwent Dragons in 2012.
 
He will provide depth to the backline, with long-term injuries to Will Helu, Alapati Leiua, Chris Bell, Ben Jacobs and Josh Bassett, as well as the injury picked up by Andrea Masi in Friday’s game against Newcastle Falcons.
 
"Both players have great experience at the top level and we expect them both to add a great deal to this squad as we enter the latter stages of the season," said Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young.

"With the injury list we currently have in the outside backs and at scrum half, they will both provide some depth to the squad, which is crucial at this stage in the season. We appreciate London Welsh having released Piri to assist Wasps’ injury situation as the Club continues to push for a top six place."
 
On the news of his signing, Weepu said, "I’m really excited about joining Wasps before I head to France next season. I have enjoyed my time with London Welsh in what is a very attritional league this season and I’m looking forward to helping Wasps as they battle it out at the top-end of the Aviva Premiership. Watching from afar, I’ve been impressed with the way Wasps have gone from strength to strength this year and I’m looking forward to adding something to that."
 
Martyn Thomas said, "I’m delighted to have signed with Wasps until the end of the season. I have very fond memories of the Aviva Premiership from my time with Gloucester and I’m looking forward to getting back into one of the best leagues in world rugby."

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