Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

New Wasps deal for Waldouck

Dominic Waldouck
Dominic Waldouck

Dominic Waldouck has signed a new three-year deal at Wasps and been appointed one of the club's two new vice-captains.

Waldouck, who was named in England's 32-man senior squad last month after an impressive summer tour, takes on the vice-captaincy role with hooker Rob Webber.

The home-grown pair take over the responsibility of assisting captain Tom Rees from veteran prop Phil Vickery and flanker Serge Betsen.

Wasps have lost a number of big-name players in recent years, with the likes of James Haskell, Paul Sackey, Tom Palmer and Danny Cipriani all leaving for challenges elsewhere.

But Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks was anxious to tie Waldouck down to the club on a long-term basis at the start of what could be a big year for the centre.

"All players are looking at this season with one eye on the World Cup," said Hanks.

"We have known Dom's qualities for a long time. He joined the club as a schoolboy. We don't often give out three-year contracts - you have to be confident they are the right people on and off the field.

"We are delighted to retain the services of such a high-calibre player. Dom's contribution to the club goes way beyond the efforts seen on the pitch. He is a very strong club man who has been a proactive leader both on and off the pitch."

Waldouck is yet to win his first international cap but he would have been on the bench for England's second Test victory against Australia had he not picked up an ankle injury.

Wasps have also signed England Under-20 and Sevens international Christian Wade on a new three-year deal.

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