Wasps have today confirmed their tenth signing of the summer having secured the signature of Scotland international Nick De Luca on a short-term contract.
The Coventry based club have brought in De Luca so as to provide depth and cover in a Wasps mid-field which has had to deal with a considerable amount of personnel issues what with the retirement of former centres James Downey, Ben Jacobs and Andrea Masi as well as the injuries to current players Alapati Leiua and Kurtley Beale.
De Luca has made forty three appearances for Scotland with his debut initially coming in the 2008 6 Nations against France at outside centre at Murrayfield, and continued to appear for Scotland up until his last test in 2014 against the Springboks in Port Elizabeth.
De Luca has spent two seasons with Biarritz, making twenty appearances for the Basque side, but made his playing name at Edinburgh where he featured over 125 times.
Wasps Director of rugby Dai Young told the clubs website:
“Whilst we have initially signed Nick on a short-term deal as injury cover, we are not ruling out a longer-term agreement. I have only seen and heard good things about Nick in terms of his attitude, ability and application. He has already proven himself as a top professional and an international rugby player and I am looking forward to working with him when he joins up for pre-season,” said Wasps’ director of rugby Dai Young.
De Luca added: “I can’t wait to become part of the Wasps family. I followed the team’s success last year and I’m excited by their ambition and their style of play. I’m looking forward to adding to an already world class group of players, staff and fans!”
De Luca becomes the eleventh new signing Wasps have announced ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, joining Guy Armitage, Kurtley Beale, Danny Cipriani, Tom Cruse, Marcus Garratt, Craig Hampson, Marty Moore, Matt Symons, Tommy Taylor and Tom Woolstencroft, while Alex Lundberg has also been promoted from Wasps academy to the senior squad.