Wasps rumors and news: Star to stay, retirement, James Haskell, Rob Howley and when the players are back

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Lima Sopoaga appears to have confirmed that he remains at the Wasps in the third and final year of his contract.The opening half kiwi joined the Highlanders’ Super Rugby side in the summer of 2018 to fill the boots of Danny Cipriani, who joined Premiership Gloucester rivals.

After a difficult 2018/19 campaign for Sopoaga and the club in general, the 18-time All Black capped an injury-hit off-season and saw young Jacob Umaga establish himself as the first choice fly-half this term.

However, the main roles in the unfamiliar fullback position coming off the bench against the Saracens and the London Irish saw head coach Lee Blackett give Sopoaga his first professional start at 15 in the Wasps’ last game against Gloucester, when he was inspired during success 39-22.

He said after the game, “I’m here next year, I’m looking forward to it. ”

Despite this resurgence, many feared that the renowned 29-year-old would not return for the third year of his contract and rather pursue a movement closer to his homeland.

But in a Twitter exchange when Sopoaga referred to some “incredible men and women” leaving the Wasps this month, a fan responded with “hope it means you stay” – to which he replied “Yup has got one more year ‘with a smiley emoji face. The tweet received over 100 likes and drew many responses from satisfied Wasps supporters.

Naomi Barratt: “Super news I’m so happy, give you the chance to prove the wrong skeptics, the latest games have been fantastic for you.”

Joanne Bass: “Brilliant news Lima, thank you”, while Jane Morse said, “Fantastic news thanks. “

What a flanker!

Tie yourself in for a bumpy ride – because former Wasps star James Haskell has announced that he is writing a book about his rugby career.

While the retired former British international has written books on diet and fitness, this will be the first publication to focus on his 17-year playing career.

‘What a Flanker’ is available for pre-order before its October 1st release date. In an Instagram post, he said: “After 17 years of playing for the Wasps, Northampton Saints, England, Japan, New Zealand and France, there is not much I do haven’t seen it – and boy do I have some stories to tell! ”

Haskell served the Wasps for 12 years in two periods, first leaving the club in 2009 before returning in 2013. He joined the Northampton Saints in the summer of 2018 at the ankle and had problems with his toe struggle to make an impact at Franklin’s Gardens before announcing his retirement in May 2019.

When Wasps players return

CoventryLive understands that the Wasps will resume training on Thursday, June 11.

The green light was given for clubs to remind players, but under strict guidelines to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

This includes the fact that pods of up to six people train as well as equipment sharing are kept to a minimum.

Premiership Rugby has stated that it aims to restart the 2019/20 Premiership season on Saturday 15 August.

Edwards praises for fellow ex-Wasp



Shaun Edwards

Former Wasps coach Shaun Edwards believes it’s time to “forgive and forget” and welcome Rob Howley back to rugby.

Howley, who ended his playing career at Wasps when Edwards was a member of Warren Gatland’s coaching staff, will be free to return to the sport on June 15 after serving time in suspension for multiple violations of play saw the 2019 Wales World Cup campaign leave on the eve of the tournament.

Speaking to Mail Online, Edwards said, “I have known Rob for almost 20 years now,” said Edwards. “He came to the Wasps as a player in 2002 and was one of the best players I have ever coached. He became a very successful coach as well.

“He made a mistake and he owns it, so let’s forgive and forget. Richards made a mistake, raised his hands and returned a game credit. I’m sure Rob will do the same.

Retirement after 17 years

Longtime Wasps reporter Barney Burnham retired after 17 years at the club.

Since writing his first report in 2003 when wasps A played at the University of Oxford, Burnham has followed the Black and Golds at home and away, capturing all the action in his excellent articles.



Barney Burnham

He told the official Wasps website: “I will miss the press room’s good humor and camaraderie. I was fortunate enough to share press kits across Europe with Wasps colleagues Laura Brown, Ali Donnelly, Ben Lloyd, Mel Platt, Chris Kerr, Paul Smith and Tom Vale. Many a laugh and never a crossword, apart from some explanatory choices on the opposition or the officials!

Thank you sincerely to everyone who has helped make these years so enjoyable – press and club colleagues, players, coaches, managers, fellow supporters. It was a pleasure and a privilege to serve, in a way, this great club.

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