Alex Rieder extends stay with Wasps
Alex Rieder has joined Ashley Johnson and Tom Cruse in re-signing with Wasps.
Rieder enjoyed a standout 2016/17 campaign, making 20 appearances and scoring his first try for the club against Exeter Chiefs in the 35-35 draw at Sandy Park in February.
He also made a strong start to the 2017/18 season before unfortunately dislocating his shoulder against Harlequins in September, but he is progressing well as he prepares to return to full fitness in the New Year.
Rieder has made 30 appearances in black and gold in total since arriving from Rotherham Titans in 2015. He helped the Titans to reach the Championship play-offs and also gained personal recognition when he was named Rotherham’s “Player of the Season” as well as being nominated for “Championship Player of the Season.”
Rieder’s ability to play anywhere across the back-row has significantly benefited the team, while his unique personality is also renowned for keeping the squad entertained.
Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “Alex is a really popular member of the squad. He’s the butt of most people’s jokes and he seems to relish that. Every squad needs a character like Alex and he’s an important part of the team on and off the field.
“On the pitch, you can always rely on Alex, whether he starts or comes off the bench. He carries the ball as strongly as anyone and he’s really added to his game, improving his defence and increasing his work-rate. He has a really good balance in his game now in terms of the amount of carries he makes and his defensive abilities at ruck time. The exciting thing is, I don’t think we’ve seen the best of Alex yet as he’s still got plenty of room for growth and improvement. Unfortunately, he’s injured at the moment but he’ll be back playing plenty of rugby for us before too long.”
Speaking about his new contract, Alex Rieder said: “Wasps are one of the biggest clubs in Europe, with an incredible history. It’s a privilege to be able to pull on the Wasps’ shirt each time you’re selected. I have really enjoyed my time here, training and playing alongside quality players and international stars, and the talent we have in the squad makes it an exciting place to be.
“It’s a nice environment to work in and my girlfriend and I have been made to feel very welcome by everyone at the club and the fans, who make Wasps so special. Their dedication and love of the club is felt by all the players and it’s an honour to be a part of that."
Rieder is also putting his down-time to productive use during his injury lay-off, by captaining Wasps’ Movember team and rallying the squad into growing some memorable mos.
“Joe Simpson and Dan Robson seem to be leading the way,” he laughed. “While Cips may think he’s pulling it off, I reckon Sam Jones is pulling it off the best, annoyingly well in fact. It’s fun to be involved, but you also never lose sight of the fact that it’s for a very important cause. The aim is to reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25% by 2030 and I’d encourage as many people as are able to donate to help the Movember Foundation achieve that goal.”
Wasps fans can get behind the Wasps’ Mo-bros and the Movember Foundation by donating here: https://moteam.co/wasps?mc=1 to help address some of the biggest health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health and suicide prevention.