The squad of fifteen includes six players who are retained from last season’s group, six players who have graduated from the Junior Academy and three additions from outside of the Academy system.
From last year’s squad, Alex Lundberg, Gus Jones, Oskar Hirsky-Douglas, Sam James, Tom Baldwin and Tom Howe have all been retained.
Both Jones and Lundberg have continued to impress on the international stage, representing England U20s during the Six Nations and at the Junior World Championships, while Lundberg also got his first senior appearance in black and gold this season, coming off the bench against Saracens at Adams Park. Hirsky-Douglas, James, Baldwin and Howe have all had the chance to train with the first team squad this season, with Howe also earning a first team appearance in the same game as Lundberg, scoring a try on his debut.
Of the new squad, six players are included in the Senior Academy Squad having previously been a part of the Junior Academy system. George Edgson (Hartpury College), Harry Glover (Harrow School), Joel Harvey (Harrow School), Piers O’Conor (Eastbourne College), Tom West (Radley College) and Will Stuart (Radley College) have all completed their studies and will now join the fulltime Senior Academy.
Glover and Harvey join the Senior Academy after leaving Harrow School. Glover is a centre, while Harvey is a fullback, who represented England U17s last season.
West and Stuart both join from Radley College. Both are props, with West having represented England at U18 level this season.
Edgson joins the Academy having finished his studies at Hartpury College. The front row forward was a member of the England U18s squad this season.
O’Conor joins after completing his studies at Eastbourne College. The centre was a member of the Ireland U19s squad this season.
The new squad also sees three additions from outside the Wasps system. Ollie Evans, a centre from Bath University, Ollie Lyons, a number eight from Northampton Saints and Tom Bliss, a scrum half and captain of USA U20s last season from Loughborough University, have all caught the eye of Academy Manager Matt Davies, who has included them in the 2014/15 Senior Academy.