Fixtures - Top Bar

Will Taylor to join Scarlets at end of season

Wasps can today confirm that Will Taylor will return to Wales next season with Scarlets.

Taylor joined Wasps from Ospreys in 2012 but two serious bicep injuries put him out of action for almost a year, before his return to fitness and match action against Cardiff Blues in February this year.
Will Taylor, who has made 39 appearances for Wasps in total, said: "The past three seasons at Wasps have been hugely memorable for me. Dai [Young] gave me a big opportunity to come up here and I have loved my time at the Club.
"When I came to Wasps I had played three professional games for the Ospreys so I didn’t know what to expect. To get an opportunity as a 21-year-old tight head was amazing for me. I didn’t really know how I was going to go when I first moved up, but playing more than 20 games in my first season was a massive achievement for me.
"I managed to back that up with another good run of performances, but then unfortunately I suffered the injury and effectively missed a year, but the physios here were brilliant and got me through that and I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my career next season, back home in Wales with the Scarlets."
Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: "Will suffered two bad injuries and has worked extremely hard to get back playing. He showed before his injury that he was certainly heading in the right direction as a young tight head. Will played a number of games for Wasps and was improving with every match.
"He’s at the stage of his career now where he needs regular first team rugby and with Italian international Lorenzo Cittadini, Jake Cooper-Woolley and Phil Swainston playing so well, it was always going to be tough to get the game-time he needs here.  Hopefully when he returns home and joins Scarlets he will get an opportunity to build some game-time and I can only see him going from strength to strength.
"It’s the nature of professional sport that players move on and as Wasps’ squad is becoming more competitive year-on-year sometimes regular first team starts will be limited."
With the following players having already extended their contracts with Wasps; Josh Bassett, Chris Bell, James Cannon, Carlo Festuccia, James Haskell, Nathan Hughes, Ruaridh Jackson, Ben Jacobs, Joe Launchbury, Simon McIntyre and Phil Swainston, in addition to the players already committed to the club, Young is happy with how his squad is shaping up for next season:
"I am very pleased with the squad we are building here at Wasps with new signings Frank Halai, Jimmy Gopperth and Dan Robson arriving next season to complement the talented squad we already have. However, there is still so much to focus on this season with a European Quarter Final to look forward to and the battle for a top six finish to re-qualify for Europe."

Latest News

Match Report: Harlequins 32 Wasps 13

Nick Evans capped a memorable final appearance for Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop by scoring 22 points as they downed…

Alafoti Faosiliva commits future to Worcester Warriors

Samoa international Alafoti Faosiliva will continue his Sixways career after committing his future to the Club. The 31-year-old arrived at…

Alafoti Faosiliva

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Aviva Premiership action

It's the penultimate round of regular-season matches in the Aviva Premiership this weekend - Russell Hargreaves has the details.

Saracens name side to face Bristol Rugby

Saracens have named their team to face Bristol in round 21 of the Aviva Premiership on Saturday at Allianz Park,…

Schalk Brits

Northampton Saints team news versus Exeter Chiefs

The Northampton Saints team has been named for the Aviva Premiership Round 21 trip to Exeter. Injuries to Louis Picamoles…

JJ Hanrahan

Garvey to start for Bath Rugby in West Country derby

Matt Garvey will make his first start for Bath Rugby since January in the West Country Aviva Premiership derby against…

Matt Garvey

Gloucester Rugby make just one change for trip to Bath

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that triumphed in La Rochelle last weekend, making just one…

Mariano Galarza

Exeter Chiefs side to face Northampton Saints

Rob Baxter says it’s vital his Exeter Chiefs grasp every opportunity afforded to them as they look to maintain their…

Gareth Steenson

Leicester Tigers team news for final home game

Graham Kitchener and Adam Thompstone will make their 100th starting appearances in a Leicester Tigers shirt in the final home…

Adam Thompstone

Team News for Bristol Rugby to face Saracens

Olly Robinson returns to the starting line-up as Bristol Rugby face reigning Premiership champions Saracens on Saturday (3pm KO). The…

Olly Robinson

Four Changes For Sharks Ahead of Tigers Clash

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Leicester Tigers this Saturday at Welford Road in the Aviva Premiership…

Josh Charnley

Callum Chick not given up on top-six finish for Newcastle Falcons

Promising Newcastle Falcons flanker Callum Chick hasn't given up on helping his side qualify for a Champions Cup place next…

Jack Singleton still buzzing after baptism of fire at Worcester Warriors

Jack Singleton admits he never expected to get as much Aviva Premiership Rugby game time as he has had this…

Saracens sign Wales international lock Dominic Day

Saracens have completed the signing of Wales international lock forward Dominic Day for the for the upcoming 2017/18 season. 31-year…

Dominic Day

Tom Heathcote extends his stay at Worcester Warriors

Worcester Warriors are delighted to announce that Scotland international Tom Heathcote has put pen to paper on a new contract…

Tom Heathcote

Minimum standards criteria results

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has considered the findings of an independent audit report of the Greene King IPA Championship…

World Rugby welcomes Berlin Consensus Statement on concussion in sport

Expert group publishes comprehensive review of scientific papers on concussion Rugby continues to be aligned with recommended best practice Cross-sport…

Mark Lambert issues rallying call for Harlequins’ top-six push

A third season in a row without top flight European rugby is not an option for a club of Harlequins’…

Gloucester’s Henry Trinder: Top-six place at stake adds to West Country derby

Gloucester will be travelling to The Rec for their West Country derby against Bath in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday…

Henry Trinder