Fixtures - Top Bar

Chris Bell returns to Wasps

CBell-Wasps-0809

Wasps’ former captain Chris Bell, who was sadly forced to retire last season due to a shoulder injury, has returned to the club to take up the newly-created role of Wasps’ Head of Off-Field Player Development.

The England Saxons’ centre, who made 80 appearances for Wasps as a player, has experienced the importance of planning for life after rugby not only through personal experience, but also through his two years’ on the RPA (Rugby Players’ Association) Board.
 
Wasps has identified players’ off-field welfare and development as a key area to expand, now that the club is in a position to invest in resource to deliver off-field programmes.
 
Bell will work closely with RPA Senior Player Development Manager Ben McGregor, who works on behalf of players at Wasps and Harlequins, to make sure players’ off-field requirements are looked after. In the new role, Bell will continue to encourage players to use time away from training productively, building qualifications and interests outside of rugby, and will provide support for players planning for the future, as well as aiding their transition to life after rugby when the time comes.
 
Wasps’ Deputy Chairman, Nick Eastwood, said: "It is a huge boost for players and staff to see Chris Bell return to the club. Chris is one of the most popular and respected characters in the game, admired as a role model for the unwavering commitment and professionalism he showed at each club he represented, during a distinguished  14-year career.
 
"We are thrilled to see Chris back at Wasps and are very pleased, thanks to the off-field business generated by the move to the Ricoh Arena, we are now able to invest in this important area.  
 
"Wasps are determined to make sure players are looked after off the pitch as well as on it and we have no doubt that Chris Bell will prove as successful in his new role as he was leading the squad as Wasps’ captain."
 
Chris Bell added: "I am really pleased to be back at Wasps. From personal experience, I can assure players that no matter how much you think about the future and how much you try to prepare in case injury strikes, you are never fully ready for that day when a doctor tells you that your playing career is over.
 
"I have taken some time out to assess various career options, some in the city and non-rugby related, but when I was offered this role, I felt I still have a lot that I can give to the sport I was fortunate to play professionally for so long.
 
"I am passionate about players’ welfare and off-field development, which is why I volunteered to be Wasps’ RPA rep a couple of years ago and I am really looking forward to building the club’s first off-field development programme.
 
"It is fantastic to see Wasps investing in this area, which is so important in the professional era when many young players join the academy at a young age and go professional straight from school. Wasps Academy already has a strong off-field programme in place and I look forward to complementing that and developing a programme for the senior squad to benefit from on a weekly basis."

Latest News

Premiership Rugby backs Newcastle’s bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup Finals

Premiership Rugby today confirmed its “100% support” for Newcastle’s bid to become host city for European club rugby union's showpiece…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Newcastle launches bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup finals

Newcastle is bidding to become the host city for European club rugby union's showpiece weekend in May 2018. The aim…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Aviva Premiership Rugby wrap: Round 10

Maro Itoje could not mark his return to a Saracens jersey with a victory – but his director of rugby…

BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Maro Itoje of  Saracens is tackled by Max Lahiff of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on December 3, 2016 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Pat Lam confirmed as Bristol Rugby head coach

Bristol Rugby is delighted to announce the appointment of Pat Lam as the Club’s new Head Coach. The 48 year-old…

Pat Lam

Newcastle Falcons v Saracens kick-off time change

Premiership Rugby can confirm that the kick-off time for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 17 Newcastle Falcons v Saracens fixture…

Aviva Premiership ball

Match Reaction: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps maintained the pressure on Aviva Premiership Rugby leaders Saracens with success over Worcester Warriors – a victory Dai Young…

Rob Miller deputised in sterling fashion (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Match Reaction: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Dean Richards’ Newcastle Falcons side are evolving according to the director of rugby, after he saw his side run in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Newcastle Falcons ran in six tries in a thriller of a game at Kingston Park with Juan Pablo Socino starring…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps moved to within one point of the Aviva Premiership Rugby summit but missed out on a bonus point in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Gloucester Rugby 26 Bristol Rugby 18

Director of rugby David Humphreys believes Gloucester Rugby showed their battling qualities as they went through the gears in the…

henrypurdyglobri16sb1111