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Wasps announce four signings

London Wasps can today confirm that it has added the following players to its squad for next season: Stephen Jones (Llanelli Scarlets), Ashley Johnson (Cheetahs), Phil Swainston (Leeds) and Will Taylor (Ospreys)

Stephen Jones in action for Wales

Stephen Jones in action for Wales

Ashley Johnson in action for the Cheetahs

Ashley Johnson in action for the Cheetahs

London Wasps CEO Chris Thomas said: “While everyone is aware that the Club is seeking investment as a matter of urgency at the moment, in terms of player recruitment and retention, like every other Club at this time, we have been working hard to continue to put our squad together for next season. We are very pleased to have recently secured these excellent signings whose quality will place us in a strong position for next year. But while it is pleasing to announce further additions to the squad; of course our priority now is concluding a deal which will secure our financial future.”

Stephen Jones will bring with him a wealth of success and experience and a reputation as a star performer for both club and country in the vital fly-half berth. The 104-time capped Jones has represented the Scarlets and Clermont Auvergne in a stellar career which has included six test matches for the Lions as a double tourist in 2005 and 2009. See Stephen Jones' statement here.

Ashley Johnson began his career as a hooker but a move to the back row in recent seasons has seen him excel at both Super and Provincial level with his performances earning him a first call up for the Springboks in 2009. He won three caps in the 2011 Tri-Nations series and was considered unlucky not to be included in the highly competitive back-row mix for South Africa at the World Cup.

Phil Swainston, a tight-head prop, will arrive from Leeds where he has gained plenty of first team exposure. He made 26 appearances for Leeds last season in the Premiership, having experienced rugby for England at U18 and U20 level, though his appearances this season have been curtailed through injury.

Will Taylor is a young prop with a rising reputation in Wales with experience at international U18 and U20 level already under his belt. The youngster, who is keen to develop his career under the tutelage of former Wales and Lions prop Dai Young, made his PRO12 debut earlier this season.


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