London Wasps, who recently fired coach Tony Hanks, have been one of the biggest movers and shakers in this year’s transfer signings, bringing in new talent and replacing some of its leavers. Dave Walder, a fixture at ten for the club for a few years now, will leave and it is believed that he will look abroad for his next team, with a number of Japanese sides interested in his services. For Walder, a lucrative Japanese contract would certainly be reward for a number of years of very solid, and often unappreciated, Premiership work. Joe Ward, hooker and current skipper, will also be leaving Adams Park to join Sale.
To replace Walder, Wasps have brought in two fly halves from Premiership rivals Exeter and Gloucester. From Gloucester, they have nabbed Nicky Robinson, a welsh veteran with an excellent boot and from Exeter, Ryan Davis was signed after only one year at Sandy Park. Davis spent six years previously at Bath and having previously turned down an offer from Wasps as a teenager felt he couldn’t turn down this opportunity to join the prestigious club.
Wasps chief executive Chris Thomas said: “We are really pleased to be able to bring in two experienced Premiership players in such a key position.
“With Dave Walder leaving, it was vital that we brought in talented replacements and we think these two players will fit in very well at Wasps as we look to strengthen our squad for next season.”
Wasps will certainly be hoping that such a change at a crucial position will not affect them too much heading into 2011/2012. Adding to Robinson and Davis, Wasps today announced the signing of Sale centre Chris Bell.