Umaga and Wolstenholme join Wasps first-team

Date: 24 Jun 2019

Wasps are pleased to announce that Senior Academy fly-half Jacob Umaga has been promoted to the first-team – becoming the eighth player to make the step up ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Meanwhile, Wasps have also signed young scrum-half Sam Wolstenholme from Yorkshire Carnegie.

The 20-year-old, who is studying Economics at Loughborough University, made 23 appearances for the Leeds-based outfit and will join Umaga as part of a 48-man senior squad at Wasps for the 2019/20 campaign.

Umaga, the nephew of former All Black Tana and son of ex-Samoa star Mike, is the latest Academy youngster to be promoted to the first-team, following the likes of Tom Willis, Gabriel Oghre, Will Porter, Tim Cardall, Callum Sirker, Owain James and Sam Spink.

The 20-year-old, who has scored four tries in his seven first-team appearances to date, was in impressive form last season for Wasps A in the Premiership Rugby Shield, racking up 82 points in his seven outings, which included three tries, 26 conversions and five penalties.

Umaga, who has also played at full-back, regularly featured for Yorkshire in their recent Championship campaign, following a spell with Auckland in New Zealand, where he was part of the side that won the Mitre 10 Cup in 2018.

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “Jacob has picked up some valuable game-time and experience in the past 12 months both Down Under and also in the Championship and A League.

“Having another Academy player graduate into the first-team is yet more evidence that our development pathway is coming to fruition and we’re excited to see how this next generation of players push on.

“Sam is a talented young scrum-half who will add some depth in the nine position, and hopefully training and playing alongside some international-class players next season will aid his development. We’re looking forward to seeing how he goes.”

Wasps Academy Manager Jon Pendlebury added: “I’ve known and worked with Sam since he was just 15-years-old through the Academy at Carnegie.

“It has been pleasing to see Sam continue and progress into their first-team last year, playing as much as he did, which is credit to him and has now given Sam this opportunity with us at Wasps to develop further.

“Jacob enjoyed a busy 2018/19 and we’re really pleased he’s now got the opportunity to step up to the first-team where I have no doubt he’ll go on to showcase his talents on the bigger stage.”

Meanwhile, Wasps can confirm that tighthead-prop Mike Daniels will no longer be joining the Club ahead of the 2019/20 season after failing a medical.

Wasps first-team squad 2019/20
Biyi Alo (tighthead-prop)
Josh Bassett (winger)
Kieran Brookes (tighthead-prop)
Tim Cardall (lock)
Nizaam Carr (back-row)
Tom Cruse (hooker)
Juan de Jongh (centre)
Malakai Fekitoa (centre)
Marcus Garratt (lock)
James Gaskell (lock)
Jimmy Gopperth (centre/fly-half)
Ben Harris (loosehead-prop)
Owain James (full-back)
Ashley Johnson (back-row/hooker)
Zach Kibirige (winger)
Joe Launchbury (lock)
Michael Le Bourgeois (centre)
Charlie Matthews (lock)
Simon McIntyre (loosehead-prop)
Rob Miller (full-back)
Matteo Minozzi (full-back)
Ben Morris (back-row)
Ross Neal (centre/winger)
Paolo Odogwu (winger)
Gabriel Oghre (hooker)
Jack Owlett (tighthead-prop)
Will Porter (scrum-half)
Alex Rieder (back-row)
Dan Robson (scrum-half)
Will Rowlands (lock)
Billy Searle (fly-half)
Brad Shields (back-row)
Callum Sirker (winger)
Lima Sopoaga (fly-half)
Sam Spink (centre)
Tommy Taylor (hooker)
Jeff Toomaga-Allen (tighthead-prop)
Jacob Umaga (fly-half)
Sione Vailanu (back-row)
Ben Vellacott (scrum-half)
Theo Vukasinovic (lock)
Marcus Watson (winger)
Tom West (loosehead-prop)
Jack Willis (back-row)
Tom Willis (back-row)
Sam Wolstenholme (scrum-half)
Thomas Young (back-row)
Zurabi Zhvania (loosehead-prop)

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