Payne and Southwell, two ever-presents in the Wasps starting line-up this season, have both signed extensions this week as Director of Rugby Dai Young continues to shape his squad for the coming seasons.
Young said: “It’s great to see senior talented guys like this commit to the Club for the years ahead. Tim Payne has shown a real appetite and hunger to continue his career at the highest level and I believe he remains one of the best loose-heads in the country. Hugo Southwell has been a real lynchpin at fullback and his international experience is playing an important role in developing some of the younger talent we have in our back-line. These are the kind of quality players we want to keep at the Club.”
Tim Payne’s deal takes him into his tenth season with London Wasps having joined back in 2003 and having made 238 appearances to date. The 22-times capped international prop has played in three Premiership finals with Wasps, winning all of them, and also holds two Heineken Cup medals.
Hugo Southwell has been an assured presence at fullback all season with his intelligent boot and excellent defence making him one of the first names on the team-sheet. He has made 21 appearances since joining from Stade Francais. Southwell has won 59 caps for Scotland.