The former England under-20 international announced that he would be leaving the Falcons, with whom he has been with since 2012, after they were relegated from the Premiership this season. He will bring searing pace out wide, and at only the age of 24, his best days are still to come.
Kibirige is also joined by Italy international Matteo Minozzi next season at the Ricoh, who will also help make up a lethal back three. With Marcus Watson and Josh Bassett already at the club, Young has many diverse options to call upon next season, as Wasps seek to bounce back from what could be seen as a disappointing season.
After a promising start to their campaign, Wasps slowly slipped down the Premiership table, also failing to get out of their group in the Champions Cup. They failed to qualify for Europe’s elite competition next year, and may be starting a rebuilding process.
However, they have made a great start with the signings that they have made so far.
This is what the fans have said:
A cracking signing! Our back 3 options are ??? https://t.co/R3C1WQklgr
— George H (@georgeheminway) June 11, 2019
— Hugh Webster (@hughwebster2) June 11, 2019
— Alan Collins (@Alan_Collins13) June 11, 2019
Welcome to the Wasp family. Thanks for picking Wasps and looking got to seeing you in Black and Gold. ????????????
— Steve Skillin (@SteveSkillin) June 11, 2019
Now this is exciting!
— Johnny Wasp (@johnnywasp) June 11, 2019
Watching him in action for falcons last season, wasps have an electric addition to the backs there.
— James Chubb (@TheTiercel) June 11, 2019
He’s ? fast
— Tom Reeves (@theproducertom) June 11, 2019
Excellent! Another speedster…
— Helen Marsden (@aitchwasps) June 11, 2019
With both Christian Wade leaving last October and Willie Le Roux recently leaving Wasps, there would have been fears that the two-time European champions were going to be weak next season. However, it looks like they have made some very shrewd signings.
With All Blacks centre Malakai Fekitoa arriving this summer, and Jimmy Gopperth returning from a serious knee injury, there looks to be plenty of high quality options outside Dan Robson and Lima Sopoaga in a Wasps back line which could run riot next season.
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