Fresh from their Premiership final defeat, Wasps are not sitting back and admiring a season of progress. The Coventry-based side endured an ultimately disappointing year that promised so much, exiting the European Cup at the hands of Leinster at the quarter-final stage, and they were beaten by Exeter in the Premiership final after extra time.
This week, Dai Young’s side have added to their hand ahead of next season.
They have announced the signature of South Africa international centre Juan de Jongh. Speaking to the club website, the centre is excited about the prospect.
“I can’t wait to play for such an amazing club as Wasps in the Aviva Premiership and am relishing the ultimate challenge that lies ahead. Wasps has an incredible pedigree and some phenomenal players, and working with everyone there is going to help me improve my game.
“Hopefully I can add some experience and energy to an already well-established and talented side and hopefully we can start pushing towards European and Premiership success. I am 100% focused on what I want to achieve on the field next season and can’t wait to get started.”
De Jongh made a try-scoring debut against Wales in 2010. The 29-year-old has won 19 caps for the Springboks.
Director of Rugby, Dai Young is clearly happy with this business.
“Juan’s international experience and his ability to play 12 and 13 will also benefit the squad, with Kurtley [Beale] returning to Australia to further his Wallaby career, Nick [De Luca] retiring and Alapati [Leiua] moving to Bristol. Juan and Gaby Lovobalavu’s arrival will add to the talented group of centres we have at the club.”