Wasps have announced their 12th signing ahead of the 2016/17 season.
Wasps continue to assemble an impressive looking squad ahead of the 2016/17 season, after they confirmed the capture of England international centre Kyle Eastmond this afternoon.
Although Eastmond had been heavily linked with a move to Sale after Bath took the unusual decision of releasing the centre from his contract, Wasps appear to have stolen a march over their rivals.
Indeed, after Sale confirmed the identity of their new owners, it was generally assumed that the six times capped England international would move to the AJ Bell Stadium.
The very fact that Wasps have been heavily linked with a move for South African full back, Willie le Roux, in recent months, only adds to the intrigue surrounding the surprise announcement.
Nevertheless, in statement published on the Wasps website, Director of Rugby, Dai Young, said;
Kyle is one of the most exciting centres in the Aviva Premiership and we’re really looking forward to adding his talents to an already impressive group of backs at the club.
At Wasps we like to play expansive, attacking rugby and Kyle is a player who can add a lot to that in terms of controlling the game as well as threatening defences, keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats.
Kyle has already shown his international class and still has plenty of potential to fulfil in Rugby Union and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue his development in black and gold.
Eastmond becomes Wasps’ 12th signing ahead of the new season, and could feature in a back line that will also include the likes of Danny Cipriani, Kurtley Beale, Joe Simpson, Frank Halai and Christian Wade.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena