Wasps have today announced the signing of 26 year-old hooker Tom Cruse from London Irish. The mobile hooker will join Wasps for pre-season ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
Cruse has also represented Stockport, Sale Sharks, Macclesfield and Rotherham Titans, but has most recently been impressing in the Aviva Premiership with London Irish. He has made three Premiership and three European Challenge Cup appearances for the Exiles to date.
The physical hooker shone in the Championship during his two seasons with Rotherham Titans, picking up numerous man of the match awards during his time under the guidance of then Rotherham Head Coach, now Wasps’ Backs Coach, Lee Blackett. He was also named in the 2014 Championship Team of Year.
Having previously played flanker, Cruse is building a reputation for his dynamism around the field alongside strong work at the set-piece.
Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: "Tom was the stand-out hooker in the Championship last season while playing for Rotherham Titans and he’s also impressed every time he's put on the shirt for London Irish this season. Tom is a young, mobile hooker and we know there’s plenty more to come from him as he’s still maturing and developing as a player."
Tom Cruse added: "I am delighted to be joining Wasps next season. Having met with Dai Young, the ambition and direction of the club is clear to see and the opportunity to be part of that going forward is one I am very much looking forward to as a player. I would like to thank everyone at London Irish for their support and will continue to give everything I have until the end of the season."
Tom Cruse is the fourth signing to be announced by Wasps for the 2016/17 season, joining Danny Cipriani, Tommy Taylor and Marty Moore.
Tom Cruse Fact file
Height: 5ft 11
Current Club: London Irish
Previous Clubs: Rotherham Titans, Sale Sharks
Honours: Championship Team of the Year 2014