21-year-old Wasps back-rower commits to a new deal

21-year-old Wasps back-rower commits to a new deal

21-year-old Wasps back-rower commits to a new deal

Date: 14 Feb 2018

Wasps are delighted to announce that academy product Jack Willis has signed a new contract.

This extends the former England under 20 back-rower’s stay at the club he originally joined ahead of the 2015/16 season.

Willis made his first XV debut at Sale in November 2016 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, with his Premiership bow coming later the same month also against the Sharks.

Since then Willis’s rapid development has seen him first join the senior squad, before quickly forcing his way into Dai Young’s matchday 23 on a regular basis.

As a result, 17 of his 25 appearances have been registered this season, culminating in back-to-back man-of-the-match winning displays in the Anglo-Welsh Cup against Leicester and during Sunday’s Aviva Premiership win over Harlequins.

Director of Rugby Dai Young said:

“We are thrilled that Jack has signed a new deal, as he has really progressed rapidly over the last 18 months.

“To move as quickly as he has from being an academy player to producing stand-out displays against seasoned internationals in the Premiership and Europe speaks volumes about his talent and attitude.

“We believe he has a very bright future ahead of him, and that he will be an integral part of what we are building here at Wasps for many years to come.”

Jack Willis said:

“I’ve been fortunate to get a few opportunities this year and I’m chuffed to extend my stay at Wasps.

“If you look at the coaching staff and players here it’s clear the club is going places.

“My focus now is on getting my head down and working hard to help us achieve the best things we can this season and in the future.”