Wasps have once again splashed the cash from their ever deepening pockets in securing their ninth signing of the Summer in landing the signature of second-row Matt Symons.
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Symons is somewhat of an under the radar talent having finished his time at Esher following a failed rowing career. He went on to spend a successful spell in Super Rugby playing for the Waikato Chiefs where he was named as vice-captain in 2015.
Upon his return home to English rugby Symons joined up with London Irish and was a rare glimpse of quality in what was a severely sinking ship during Irish’s relegation season from the Aviva Premiership. Captaining the side on a number of occasions the twenty six year old was named as the Exiles’ Player of the Season.
Symons is being brought into the squad as a replacement for the departured Bradley Davies and will be expected to bring an added element of quality to the Wasps pack given his unique experience. He will face stiff competition for a starting spot next season with Joe Launchbury, James Gaskell, Kearnan Myall, James Cannon and Will Rowlands all vying for places.
Symons is now Wasps’ ninth signing of the Summer and will join the likes of Danny Cipriani, Kurtley Beale and Tommy Taylor in what is shaping up to be a star-studded Coventry based outfit.
Speaking to the press following the announcement Symons said: (via espn.co.uk)
“I have really enjoyed my time at London Irish and am very grateful for the opportunity of playing this season. There are some outstanding players and people at the club and I am sure they will be back in the Premiership in 2017.
“Wasps is a club that has played an exciting style and successful style of rugby this season. After speaking with Dai, I was very excited at the direction the team is headed in and look forward to joining up with them in the summer.”
Wasps rugby director Dai Young has stated: (via belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
” Matt is a very talented player, and we’re really pleased to have him join the squad ahead of next season.
“We have taken a keen interest in him since his rise with the Chiefs in New Zealand, and his physicality and lineout authority have impressed once again with London Irish, where he has been their stand-out player.”