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Wasps swoop for Filipo

Wasps have confirmed the signing of former New Zealand second row Ross Filipo from French club Bayonne on a two-year contract.

Filipo, who won three Super Rugby titles during his spell with the Crusaders, made his Test debut against Canada in 2007 and went on to win four caps in total. He was also part of the New Zealand Maori side that defeated the 2005 British and Irish Lions.

Wasps interim director of rugby Leon Holden said: "This is another sign of our desire to strengthen our squad for next season, especially in the pack. Ross's size, mobility and level of experience will be a great asset to the squad. He is a strong ball-carrier and an excellent set-piece operator so we look forward to him joining us in the summer."

Filipo is the fifth player to sign for Wasps in recent weeks, following in the footsteps of Jeremy Castex, Nicky Robinson, Ryan Davis and Chris Bell.

Filipo added: "I am really looking forward to joining Wasps who have exciting plans for next season.

"I know they have been one of England's most successful clubs and I hope I can play a role in helping them to getting back to the top of their game."

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