Gopperth pens new Wasps deal

Date: 25 Dec 2018

Wasps are delighted to reveal that versatile back Jimmy Gopperth has signed a new contract to remain at the Club.

The New Zealand-born fly half has been one of Wasps’ most reliable performers since arriving at Ricoh Arena in 2015, having amassed a whopping 771 points in 78 appearances.

After writing his name into Wasps folklore with a European Cup quarter-final-winning touchline conversion against Exeter Chiefs in 2016, Gopperth’s phenomenal 2016/17 campaign saw him named as Premiership, RPA and Wasps Player of the Season, while helping the Club reach the European quarter-finals and also the Premiership final.

In addition to this, he lifted the Golden Boot for a third time having previously twice finished as the Premiership’s top marksman.

Last season the Kiwi was at it again as he helped the men in Black and Gold to the Premiership semi-finals, as he did in 2015/16, before an unfortunate injury in the 2018/19 pre-season which has seen the stand off sidelined for the last four months.

During his earlier career, Gopperth played Super Rugby at both the Hurricanes and the Blues while also representing the Junior All Blacks before making the switch to the Northern Hemisphere in 2009. He spent four years at Newcastle Falcons, before two seasons in Ireland with Leinster Rugby ahead of the switch to Ricoh Arena. 

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “Jimmy has been a remarkable performer for us over the last few seasons.

“It’s been frustrating that we haven’t been able to see him on the field this season but we can’t wait to have him back and we’re delighted he’s signed a new deal.

“He brings a wealth of experience to the table and that is of huge benefit to some of the young guys coming through in the backline.”

Gopperth, 35, added: “It’s been an amazing three years at the Club and I’ve made so many lifelong friends around the place. It’s become a home away from home for me.

“I still feel like I have an awful lot to offer the game. I want to help us drive forwards and push for more honours in the coming years.

“This season has been frustrating because of injury but I’m working hard to get back ahead of schedule as I just can’t wait to get back out there at the Ricoh.”