Born in Wynberg, South Africa, Ashley Johnson joined Wasps in the summer of 2012 from Super Rugby side the Free State Cheetahs, whom he had represented since 2006.
Ashley has made a huge impact since arriving from the Cheetahs and has now made close to 150 appearances for Wasps.
During the 2012/13 season, he made 25 appearances and scored three tries. His form was recognised as he was awarded Man of the Match three times against Worcester, Bath and Gloucester.
At the end of the 2012/13 season, Ashley was nominated for Supporters' Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season which rounded off a brilliant first season for Ashley at Wasps.
He was a constant part of a solid back row in 2013/14 and made 25 appearances for the Club in which he scored nine tries. He continued to thrill last season when he made a further 29 appearances and scored six more tries.
Johnson is the son of Archie Johnson, who played Prop for the Western Province League and the SA Federation team (SA Proteas) in the 80s and he followed in his father's footsteps and started out in the front row at school level, before moving to the backrow.
Johnson made the move back into the front row for the 2015/16 season to boost Wasps' options at hooker and made the transition look seamless. He was the only player that featured in all of Wasps' games in 2015/16 and scored five tries.
Last season Johnson played in 31 games for Wasps, for the second season in a row, scoring a remarkable nine tries for someone who played the majority of the season as a hooker.
Johnson played for the Western Province Schools team before joining the Cheetahs where in his early years he was loaned to Griffons Rugby team to earn him more game time.
The dynamic back-rower has won three full Springbok caps. He was first called into the South Africa side in 2009 for a tour of the British Isles where he played in two uncapped games before winning three caps in the 2011 Tri Nations.
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