Carlo Festuccia to re-join Wasps for remainder of season
Former Italy, Wasps and Zebre hooker, Carlo Festuccia, has re-joined Wasps on a short-term contract until the end of the 2016/17.
Edd Shervington, who came out of
retirement to provide injury cover for Wasps at hooker, will leave the club
shortly to return to his farming business in Wales.
Festuccia, who previously made over 60
appearances for Wasps during his three seasons with the club, returns to
provide cover after injuries to Tom Cruse and Wasps’ Senior Academy hooker
George Edgson, with Tommy Taylor named in England’s 34-man-squad for the RBS 6
Speaking about Festuccia’s return, Wasps’
director of rugby Dai Young said: “We’d firstly like to thank Edd [Shervington]
for coming out of retirement to help us and we will wish him well when he returns
to Wales. As we saw, he was needed on the bench against Toulouse due to the
injuries we picked up in that area.
With Thomas [Young] named in the Wales
squad and James [Haskell], Nathan [Hughes] and Tommy [Taylor] named in the
England squad, having Carlo in the mix will give us flexibility with Ashley
[Johnson], and we know Carlo will do a brilliant job for us.
“Carlo was a very popular member of the
squad during his time here and has a good relationship with the players and
coaches, as well as an understanding of how we like to play. You know exactly
what you’re going to get from Carlo; physicality, strong work at the set-piece
and a player who will give his all for the squad, so we’re looking forward to
him being with us for the next few months.”
Carlo Festuccia added: “I'm really
pleased to return to the Wasps’ environment after three fantastic years with
the club. It has been great to see the team doing really well this year and I'm
very happy to help them until the end of the season. I have enjoyed being back
home in Italy, but it has been a very tough six months on the rugby side. I
wish Zebre the very best for the rest of the season and I look forward to
meeting back up with the Wasps’ squad and Wasps fans.”