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Wasps confirm Elliot Daly is leaving the club

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Here's how Elliot Daly will look when he joins Saracens after the World Cup

Wasps have confirmed that Elliot Daly will be leaving the Club at the end of the season.

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Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “Elliot triggered a release clause in his contract and despite our best efforts to keep him at the club, unfortunately, he has decided to move onto pastures new for the 2019/20 season.

“We are really disappointed to lose Elliot, we brought him through the ranks from his teenage years and have seen him flourish into an established England international and also a British & Irish Lion.

“He has really developed his all-round game in the Black and Gold, having been a tremendous performer for us over the years and I am sure he will continue to give his all for the Club till the end of the season.”

Daly, who has accrued 404 points in 188 appearances for Wasps, said: “This has been one of the most difficult decisions of my life.

“Despite some of the rumours flying around, the training ground has nothing to do with why I’ve come to my decision to leave. I simply feel it is the right time for me to seek a new challenge next season after the World Cup.

“I’d like to thank everyone at Wasps, from my old Junior Academy coaches right up to Dai and Chairman Derek Richardson, for giving me the opportunities and helping me reach the top of the game over the last 12 years.

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“Wasps will always have a special place in my heart and I will certainly be giving everything to the jersey to try and finish the season strongly.”

Daly only signed a new contract with the Coventry-based club in 2017 off the back of a successful tour with the British & Irish Lions, but he’s now followed likes of Nathan Hughes and Willie Le Roux out the exit door.

The departures of props Matt Mullan, Will Stuart and Jake Cooper-Woolley were also confirmed by Wasps last month, while coming the other way were All Black tighthead Jeff Toomaga-Allen and Exeter Chiefs tighthead Jack Owlett, along with Toulon centre Malakai Fekitoa.

The England fullback is set to join Saracens, as he seeks trophies both domestically and in Europe. Saracens were Champions Cup winners in 2016 and 2017 and look well-placed in 2019 having sailed through their pool with six wins, accumulating 28 points in total, while Wasps finished bottom of Pool 1, with a draw and five defeats.

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Daly will have to compete with current full-back Alex Goode for the 15 jersey, a player who is nominated as the EPCR European player of the year off the back of his performances in the Champions Cup this season. Daly can also operate on the wing, where he is rated as the 4th best left winger in the Premiership in the RugbyPass Index, with an overall RPI of 73, but it’s at centre where his club future may lie, operating outside Brad Barritt.

More to follow…

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Mzilikazi 6 hours ago
Swashbuckling Hurricanes and Harlequins show scrum still matters

I always enjoy a good scrum based article. Thanks, Nick. The Hurricanes are looking more and more the team to beat down here in Australasia. They are a very well balanced team. And though there are far fewer scrums in the game these days, destructive power in that area is a serious weapon, especially an attacking scrum within in the red zone. Aumua looked very good as a young first year player, but then seemed to fade. He sure is back now right in the picture for the AB’s. And I would judge that Taukei’aho is in a bit of a slump currently. Watching him at Suncorp a few weeks ago, I thought he was not as dominant in the game as I would have expected. I am going to raise an issue in that scrum at around the 13 min mark. I see a high level of danger there for the TH lifted off the ground. He is trapped between the opposition LH and his own powerful SR. His neck is being put under potentially dangerous pressure. The LH has, in law , no right to use his superior scrummaging skill….getting his head right in on the breastbone of the TH…..to force him up and off the ground. Had the TH popped out of the scrum, head up and free, there is no danger, that is a clear penalty to the dominant scrum. The law is quite clear on this issue: Law 37 Dangerous play and restricted practices in a scrum. C:Intentionally lifting an opponent off their feet or forcing them upwards out of the scrum. Sanction: Penalty. Few ,if any, referees seem to be aware of this law, and/or the dangers of the situation. Matthew Carly, refereeing Clermont v Munster in 2021, penalised the Munster scrum, when LH Wycherly was lifted very high, and in my view very dangerously, by TH Slimani. Lifting was coached in the late ‘60’s/70’s. Both Lions props, Ray McLouglin, and “Mighty Mouse” McLauchlan, were expert and highly successful at this technique. I have seen a photo, which I can’t find online atm, of MM with a NZ TH(not an AB) on his head, MM standing upright as the scrum disintegrates.

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