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Seven extend stay at Wasps

Three England World Cup hopefuls are among the latest group of players to sign contract extensions with Aviva Premiership club Wasps.

Centre Elliot Daly, scrum-half Joe Simpson and prop Matt Mullan all look set to receive World Cup training squad calls from England head coach Stuart Lancaster on Wednesday.

Joining the trio in putting pen to paper are back-row forward Ashley Johnson, plus Sam Jones, Thomas Young and Will Rowlands, Wasps announced.

Wasps had already confirmed new contracts for a number of other players, including England forwards Joe Launchbury and James Haskell.

Reflecting on the latest deals, Wasps rugby director Dai Young said: " We are over the moon that each of these players has re-committed to the club.

"Ashley, Elliot, Joe and Matt have been absolutely outstanding for Wasps all season, as is reflected in numerous award nominations, and they have played a huge part in helping to drive this club up the table to a top-six finish for European qualification.

"I wouldn't swap these guys for any other player in their position in the Aviva Premiership, and I really hope they get the call-ups to their international squads that their performances this season deserve.

"We now have a really strong core to the squad, which we can continue to build on."


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