A new challenge for Varndell and Helu
Wasps today confirmed that Tom Varndell and Will Helu will leave Wasps at the end of the season, with Helu moving to Edinburgh Rugby and Varndell set to join Bristol Rugby after six successful seasons at Wasps, where he finished joint top try scorer in the Aviva Premiership in 2013.
Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “Tom Varndell has been fantastic for us since joining from Leicester Tigers in 2009 and he and Christian Wade have established a prolific partnership on the wing. Tom will be tough to replace, but we understand it is a fantastic opportunity for him at Bristol and we wish him the best.
“Tom is a fans’ favourite here and I have no doubt that he will do everything in his power to produce his best in black and gold for the rest of the season. We also hope to see him break the record for tries scored in the Premiership whilst wearing the Wasps shirt.”
“Will also made a big impact during his first season with Wasps last season, being named 2013/2014 Players’ Player of the Year alongside James Haskell, but his game-time has unfortunately been limited this season due to injury. It is the nature of professional sport that players move on and we wish Will the very best at Edinburgh Rugby.”
“We are very close to being able to announce a new signing on the wing, which I believe will excite Wasps and Aviva Premiership rugby fans.”
Tom Varndell added his thanks to supporters and everyone at the Club after an enjoyable six years with Wasps: “I have had a fantastic time at Wasps and I thank the coaches, my team-mates and the supporters for making me so welcome for the past six years.
“Bristol is a proud rugby city with a loyal fanbase. It will be a great time to join at the end of the season and I will look forward to the next chapter of my career. I’m excited about going back to the city having studied at Colston’s Collegiate School."
“We’ve still got a lot of exciting challenges ahead this season and I will be fully focused on doing all I can to help Wasps and the squad achieve our goals for the rest of this season.”
Will Helu said: "I have had a great two years at Wasps and I'd like to thank everyone at the Club for having me for the last two seasons. In particular, thank you to Dai Young and the coaching staff for helping me develop my game and for giving me the opportunities I have already had in black and gold."
"The fans have been great to me the past few seasons and I'm obviously going to miss all of the boys at the Club who I've built strong relationships with. I know there's big things to come for Wasps and I'm looking forward to being part of that for the rest of the season and seeing them playing in the big games and finals in the near future."