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Wasps Release Statement Over Reports That Joe Launchbury And Elliot Daly Want To Leave

Wasps have released a statement this afternoon addressing a report in The Daily Mail this morning which stated that the club is at risk of losing Joe Launchbury and Elliot Daly due to a “mutinous mood in the squad.”

According to the report, the aforementioned players and Christian Wade are considering leaving the club at the end of their contracts because of broken promises in relation to training facilities and late payments over image rights.

The club are still using their modest Broadstreet RFC training-base since making the move to Coventry. Two sites identified for their new state-of-the-art HQ have been ditched and a new location is still being sought.

The report also alleges that image-rights payments are six months in arrears.

Wasps and their Director Of Rugby Dai Young have released a statement this afternoon addressing the report.

“I have been made aware of an article published today which makes a number of assertions regarding our current situation.

“The construction of new training facilities is taking longer than originally hoped. We had a couple of projects which reached a pretty advanced stage but unfortunately did not come to fruition along the way, but no-one doubts this is the number one priority project for our development team.

“I know a further location is now under serious consideration and that this project could take a big step forward in the very near future.

“Since September ten of our senior squad have signed new contracts. This includes Joe Launchbury, Elliot Daly and only this week Dan Robson.

“A number of other players have also signed new deals since we moved from Acton to Coventry at the start of last season.

“Clearly we are all looking forward to being in a permanent home, and in the meantime we are all fully focused on the remainder of the season and are pushing hard to reach the play-offs for a third consecutive year.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter