Wasps sign centre De Luca

Date published: July 1 2016

Wasps have confirmed the signing of Scottish international centre Nick De Luca, who will arrive from Biarritz ahead of the 2016/17 season.

Following the retirements of former centres Andrea Masi, Ben Jacobs and James Downey, and injuries to Alapati Leiua and Kurtley Beale, Wasps have moved to bolster their midfield options by adding the talented and experienced centre, initially on a short-term deal.

De Luca made his international debut as Scotland’s outside centre in the 2008 Six Nations, against France at Murrayfield, and went on to feature in 43 games for his country up until his last appearance against South Africa in 2014.

Having made his name with Edinburgh, where he played over 125 matches, De Luca moved to Biarritz in 2014 and made over 20 appearances during his two seasons in the Basque Country.

“Whilst we have initially signed Nick on a short-term deal as injury cover, we are not ruling out a longer-term agreement. I have only seen and heard good things about Nick in terms of his attitude, ability and application. He has already proven himself as a top professional and an international rugby player and I am looking forward to working with him when he joins up for pre-season,” said Wasps’ director of rugby Dai Young.

De Luca added: “I can’t wait to become part of the Wasps family. I followed the team’s success last year and I’m excited by their ambition and their style of play. I’m looking forward to adding to an already world class group of players, staff and fans!”

De Luca becomes the eleventh new signing Wasps have announced ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, joining Guy Armitage, Kurtley Beale, Danny Cipriani, Tom Cruse, Marcus Garratt, Craig Hampson, Marty Moore, Matt Symons, Tommy Taylor and Tom Woolstencroft, while Alex Lundberg has also been promoted from Wasps academy to the senior squad.