Wasps confirm 2019/20 Senior Academy

Date: 25 Jun 2019



Wasps can today confirm their Senior Academy squad for the 2019/20 season which includes 16 full-time players, along with seven Extended Academy players.

There are 11 new additions to the full-time Senior Academy set-up including eight Wasps Under 18 stars in Anjo Ademuwagun, Tom Bacon, Alfie Barbeary, Jordan Cordice, Zac Nearchou, Alex Pleasants, James Tunney and Jude Williams.

Thibaud Flament joins from Loughborough Students while Alex Hunt and Ben Onyeama-Christie join on a full-time basis after being part of the Extended Academy in 2018/19.

New additions to the Extended Academy include Under 18s star Mario Pichardie and Pete Vickers.

Cameron Anderson, Kieran Curran, Josh Fenner, Will Simonds and Will Wilson will also move into a second season with the Senior Academy.

Meanwhile, tighthead-prop David Langley and loosehead-prop George Thornton have departed the Academy.

Wasps Academy Manager Jon Pendlebury said: “We’re delighted to welcome a number of faces from our successful Under 18s side up to the Senior Academy.

“This young group have been tremendous and demonstrated their talents during an impressive campaign once again which saw us reach Finals Day, while also scoring the most tries of any team in the competition – with 44 tries in just seven games.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our work with them and also a few new faces who we feel can really push on and have the potential to become Premiership Rugby players with us.

"Credit must also go to Academy Coach Andrea Masi and backroom staff members Sophie Thompson and James Whitfield who led the Under 18 Junior Academy group last season.

“We’d also like to thank David and George for their efforts during their time at the Club, along with Extended Academy players Joe Tunney, Josh Nott and Josh Grimes, and wish them all the best moving forward.”

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “It’s really pleasing to see the conveyor belt of youth talent coming through.

“With eight players stepping up to the first-team for next season and nine Under 18s players joining the Academy, it shows that the Academy is starting to bear fruit and it is a testament to the hard work of our coaches and staff behind the scenes.

“I for one am looking forward to seeing these hungry young players in match action to showcase what they can do.”

Wasps Senior Academy 2019/20
Anjo Ademuwagun (back-row)
Cameron Anderson (full-back/centre)
Tom Bacon (full-back)
Alfie Barbeary (hooker)
Kieran Curran (back-row)
Jordan Cordice (tighthead-prop)
Josh Fenner (lock)
Thibaud Flament (lock)
Alex Hunt (tighthead-prop)
Zac Nearchou (tighthead-prop)
Ben Onyeama-Christie (loosehead-prop)
Alex Pleasants (loosehead-prop)
Will Simonds (centre)
James Tunney (back-row)
Jude Williams (winger)
Will Wilson (back-row)

Wasps Extended Senior Academy 2019/20
Taju Atta (winger)
Henry Clement (scrum-half)
Jack Dickinson (hooker)
Sunni Jardine (fly-half)
Mario Pichardie (back row/lock)
James Seabrook (back-row)
Pete Vickers (lock)

Senior Academy

Anjo Ademuwagun

  • Back-row
  • 09/03/01 (18)
  • 189cm
  • 105kg
  • Joins from Harrow School
  • Wasps U18 graduate

Cameron Anderson

  • Full-back/centre
  • 16/09/99 (19)
  • 187cm
  • 94kg
  • Honours: Scotland U20s
  • Wasps U18 graduate – spent one year in Senior Academy
  • Played all ten 2018/19 Premiership Rugby Shield matches, providing a number of assists, particularly impressing in the team’s four consecutive bonus-point wins at the end of the season
  • Spent time on loan at Loughborough Students during 2018/19

Tom Bacon

  • Full-back
  • 03/11/00 (18)
  • 176cm
  • 82kg
  • Joins from Henley College
  • Honours: Ireland U18s
  • Wasps Under 18s graduate
  • Featured twice for Wasps A in 2018/19 Shield, scoring one try

Alfie Barbeary

  • Hooker
  • 05/10/00 (18)
  • 186cm
  • 116kg
  • Arrives from Bloxham School, where he won NatWest Schools Plate final in March
  • Honours: England U18s, U19s & U20s
  • Wasps Under 18s graduate
  • Scored on Wasps first-team debut v Gloucester Rugby at Kingsholm in Premiership Rugby Cup last October
  • Came off the bench four times in Wasps A’s Shield campaign, scoring one try

Kieran Curran

  • Back-row
  • 13/07/00 (18)
  • 192cm
  • 108kg
  • Wasps U18s graduate
  • Played seven times in 2018/19 Premiership Rugby Shield
  • Moving into second season in Senior Academy

Jordan Cordice

  • Tighthead-prop
  • 10/09/00 (18)
  • 188cm
  • 125kg
  • Joins from Henley College
  • Wasps Under 18s graduate

Josh Fenner

  • Lock
  • 09/01/99 (20)
  • 196cm
  • 108kg
  • Moving into second season in Senior Academy
  • Played in nine of ten Shield matches in 2018/19
  • Spent time with Nottingham Rugby during 2018/19 campaign

Thibaud Flament

  • Lock
  • 29/04/97 (22)
  • 203cm
  • 110kg
  • Arrives at Wasps from Loughborough Students
  • French nationality
  • Featured in final Shield game of 2018/19

Alex Hunt

  • Tighthead-prop
  • 02/10/99 (19)
  • 189cm
  • 119kg
  • Joins from Coventry University
  • Played three times in 2018/19 Shield campaign

Zac Nearchou

  • Tighthead-prop
  • 16/11/00 (18)
  • 178cm
  • 125kg
  • Joins from Radley College
  • Honours: England U18s & U19s
  • Wasps Under 18s graduate

Ben Onyeama-Christie

  • Loosehead-prop
  • 13/01/96 (23)
  • 182cm
  • 117kg
  • Joins from Loughborough University, having played for Loughborough Students in 2018/19
  • Honours: Scotland U20s
  • Played six matches in 2018/19 Shield and scored a wonderful 40-metre try against Northampton Wanderers

Alex Pleasants

  • Loosehead-prop
  • 20/09/00 (18)
  • 181cm
  • 118kg
  • Joins from Henley College
  • Honours: Scotland U18s & U19s
  • Wasps U18s graduate

Will Simonds

  • Centre
  • 17/01/00 (19)
  • 178cm
  • 90kg
  • Honours: England U18s
  • Wasps U18s graduate
  • Played five times for Wasps in 2018/19 Shield

James Tunney

  • Back-row
  • 14/07/01 (17)
  • 186cm
  • 106kg
  • Joins from RGS High Wycombe
  • Wasps U18s
  • Made first-team debut against Gloucester Rugby in October’s Premiership Rugby Cup clash

Jude Williams

  • Winger
  • 19/07/01 (17)
  • 182cm
  • 90kg
  • Joins from Caterham School
  • Honours: England U18s – scored three tries in two games

Will Wilson

  • Back-row
  • 29/01/97 (22)
  • 187cm
  • 100kg
  • Honours: England Sevens
  • Wasps U18s graduate
  • Featured three times for Wasps in 2018/19 Shield
  • Been playing for South African side Griquas in recent months and helped them win 2019 SuperSport Challenge Cup title last weekend

Extended Academy

Taju Atta

  • Winger
  • 30/11/99 (19)
  • 187cm
  • 96kg
  • Loughborough University
  • Honours: England U17s, England Sevens Academy
  • Eight appearances in 2018/19 Shield, scoring one try

Henry Clement

  • Scrum-half
  • 27/10/97 (21)
  • 182cm
  • 87kg
  • Two appearances in 2018/19 Shield

Jack Dickinson

  • Hooker 02/12/98 (20)
  • 178cm
  • 96kg
  • Played three times in 2018/19 Shield, including one try

Sunni Jardine

  • Fly-half
  • 30/12/99 (19)
  • 183cm
  • 93kg
  • Birmingham University
  • Played eight games in 2018/19 Shield, scoring two tries and racking up 49 points

Mario Pichardie

  • Back-row/lock
  • 31/01/01 (18)
  • 189cm
  • 92kg
  • Honours: Spain U18s
  • Wasps U18s graduate
  • Henley College

James Seabrook

  • Back-row
  • 15/01/99 (20)
  • 180cm
  • 97kg
  • Warwick University
  • Played six times in 2018/19 Shield
  • Wasps U18s graduate

Pete Vickers

  • Lock
  • 07/02/01 (18)
  • 191cm
  • 110kg
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme School
  • Wasps U18s

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