Six players join Wasps’ senior academy for 2018/19

Date: 23 May 2018

Academy manager Jonathan Pendlebury has announced that six players will join Wasps’ senior academy for the 2018/19 season.

Cameron Anderson 

A product of Henley AASE College, coached there by Jack Wiggins, the centre has already appeared twice in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. He is this season’s WASP under 18 award winner. 

Tim Cardall

Second row Cardall joins from Nottingham where he gained Championship experience.

He has also won England Students honours and this season regularly guested for Wasps in the A League and Anglo-Welsh Cup. 

Kieran Curran

Curran has already appeared in Wasps’ back-row in the A League while part of Warwick School’s trophy-winning U18 squad. 

Will Simonds

A product of Henley AASE and Wasps under 18’s, Simonds who plays at centre or full back has also been capped by England U18s this season. 

Sam Spink

The Wellington College centre, who impressed in the Anglo-Welsh Cup this season as a member of Wasps under 18’s, toured South Africa with England U18’s last summer in addition to playing in the Spring Internationals. 

Taju Atta

The pacy Stowe School and Wasps under 18’s winger joins the club on a student contract having impressed as a guest in the A League and debuting Anglo-Welsh Cup. 

The six new signings join the following players in the senior academy next year –

Owain James (full back)
David Langley (prop)
Gaby Oghre (hooker)
Will Porter (scrum half)
James Seabrook (back row – student contract)
George Thornton (prop)
Joe Tunney (second row – student contract)
Jacob Umaga (fly half)
Tom Willis (back row)

Jonathan Pendlebury said:

“There is some exciting potential and ability among next season’s senior academy group.

“We also have bigger numbers than in recent years which will enable us to play a fuller role in first team training as an academy group.

“The academy is the club’s lifeblood, and with the specialist coaches, expertise and staff we have across the Academy group we hope that this generation will produce players who follow the likes of Elliot Daly, Christian Wade and Jack Willis into the senior squad.

“I would also like to wish Will Owen and Connor Eastgate, who have recently left us, every success for the future.”