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

How the European Rugby Champions Cup semi-finals draw works

Following confirmation of the Champions Cup quarter-final line-up, the 2016/17 semi-final pairings will be as follows: Semi-final 1 - winner…

championscup17sb1111

Carlo Festuccia to re-join Wasps for remainder of season

Former Italy, Wasps and Zebre hooker, Carlo Festuccia, has re-joined Wasps on a short-term contract until the end of the…

Carlo Festuccia

Aviva Premiership Rugby European round-up: Wasps make quarter-finals

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young was far from overawed by his side’s performance in Italy, despite a 41-27 success…

PARMA, ITALY - JANUARY 21:  Christian Wade  of Wasps scores a fourth try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Zebre Rugby and Wasps at  Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on January 21, 2017 in Parma, Italy.  (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)

How the Challenge Cup semi-final draw works

If you've always struggled to work out how the semi-final draw of the European Challenge Cup works then look no…

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Lewis Ludlow of Gloucester scores his team's first try of the game during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Gloucester Rugby and Bayonne on January 21, 2017 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final draw

Reigning champions Saracens have earned a home semi-final against Glasgow Warriors in the European Champions Cup quarter-finals after topping Pool…

BARNET, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21:  Chris Ashton of Saracens scores the first try during the European Rugby Champions Cup between Saracens and RC Toulon at Allianz Park on January 21, 2017 in Barnet, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final draw

Group winners Bath Rugby and Gloucester Rugby will both be at home in their European Challenge Cup quarter-finals after topping…

BATH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 21: Anthony Watson of Bath Rugby goes over for his sides third try during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Bath Rugby and Pau at the Recreation Ground on January 21, 2017 in Bath, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Aviva Premiership Rugby European wrap: Big displays see Saracens, Gloucester Rugby and Bath Rugby progress

Mark McCall believes his Saracens side delivered a “coming of age” performance after a dogged 10-3 victory over Toulon guaranteed…

Gloucester Rugby v Bayonne - European Rugby Challenge Cup

European round-up: Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints did captain Lee Dickson proud on Friday night despite suffering a 26-17 defeat at the hands of Montpellier…

BARNET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17:  Lee Dickson of Northampton passes the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on September 17, 2016 in Barnet, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Concussion Management Review Group Update – Sale Sharks

The joint RFU/Premiership Rugby Concussion Management Review Group met following the referral of the untoward incident involving Sale Sharks’ player…

PremRugbyBallsSngle

Matt Hopper: Harlequins ready for Stade Francais cup final

Harlequins are gearing up for a ‘cup final’ when they visit France in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, but centre…

Harlequins v Saracens - Aviva Premiership

Chris Harris desperate to kick on after Newcastle Falcons return

Newcastle Falcons’ narrow European Rugby Challenge Cup loss to Grenoble may have dashed their hopes of making it through to…

Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Gloucester Rugby name side for final European pool game against Bayonne

With a home quarter-final spot resting on the result, Gloucester Rugby make seven changes for the visit of Aviron Bayonnais…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Wasps team to travel to Parma to play Zebre Rugby

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named his squad to travel to Parma, for Wasps’ final match in the Champions…

Wasps v Toulouse - European Rugby Champions Cup

Donncha O’Callaghan to lead Worcester Warriors against Russians

Donncha O’Callaghan will lead Warriors in their final European Challenge Cup game of the 2016/17 campaign against Enisei-STM at Sixways…

Harlequins v Worcester Warriors - Aviva Premiership

Bath Rugby name strong side for final European pool game

Bath Rugby have named a strong team to face Pau in the final pool game of the European Rugby Challenge…

Semesa Rokoduguni

Leicester Tigers team news for Champions Cup

Jack Roberts and Luke Hamilton are recalled to the Leicester Tigers starting line-up for the European Champions Cup fixture against…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Exeter Chiefs side to face ASM Clermont Auvergne

Whether history repeats itself for Exeter Chiefs in the European Champions Cup only time will tell, but head coach Rob…

Michele Campagnaro scored twice in Exeter Chiefs' 31-19 win over Ulster in Round 5.

Bristol Rugby name team for Cardiff Blues clash

Bristol Rugby round off their European Challenge Cup campaign with a visit to Cardiff Blues on Saturday (3pm KO). Head…

tusipisibri16sb1111

Newcastle Falcons team to face Ospreys

Newcastle Falcons have named their team for Saturday’s European Challenge Cup visit of unbeaten group leaders Ospreys, club captain Will…

Will Welch

Saracens name team to face Toulon

Saracens have named their side to face Toulon for Saturday’s round six European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 clash at…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library