Johnson signs new Wasps deal

Date: 25 Dec 2018

Wasps are delighted to reveal that long-serving forward Ashley Johnson has signed a new contract to stay at the Club.

The South African-born hooker, who has been with the Club since 2012, has racked up 175 appearances in the Black and Gold including a number as captain.

The Springbok international joined Dai Young’s men from Free State Cheetahs who he had represented in the Currie Cup since 2006. During this time Johnson was also a Super Rugby regular with the Bloemfontein-based franchise and in 2011 was awarded his three international caps during the Tri-Nations series.

Johnson spent a season at hooker during his early career, but was mainly used as a back row, renowned for his powerful ball-carrying and ferocious tackling.

A consistent string of fine performances enhanced this reputation during his first three seasons in England, since when Johnson has appeared to equally good effect at both blindside flanker and hooker.

The 32-year-old has crossed the whitewash on 38 occasions for the men in Black and Gold, the last coming against Bath Rugby in October with a barnstorming run from the 22.

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “We’re thrilled that Ash has decided to extend his stay.

“He is one of the most reliable guys I’ve ever come across and he gives absolutely everything every time he pulls on the jersey.

“His ability to play at both hooker and in the back row is of great benefit to the team and his wealth of experience will only continue to aid some of our younger players coming through the system.”

Johnson added: “Wasps has become my home. My family and I love it here in Coventry and it was an easy choice to sign a new deal.

“This is a fantastic Club which I’ve been part of for a while now and there are a lot of great people around the place.

“I want to help us push on and compete for the very top titles in both England and Europe.”