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Wasps confirm Will Stuart departure


'We did all we could to try and keep him at Wasps' - Stuart the second prop to leave club in a week

Wasps have confirmed that prop Will Stuart will be leaving the Club in the summer.

Stuart, who was nurtured by the Club’s Academy, has gone on to make 24 first-team appearances.

RugbyPass understands that Stuart is likely heading to Bath Rugby.

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “We’re really disappointed that Will has decided to move on.

“We did all we could to try and keep him at Wasps but at the end of the day, sometimes players decide that they want to take on new challenges and there’s not a lot you can do once they’ve made up their minds.

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“We wish Will all the best for the future.”

Stuart said: “I’d like to thank everyone at Wasps, from Dai to all the players, coaches and staff, for helping me to this stage of my career.

“I’ll continue to wear the shirt with pride till the end of the season and want to finish on a high note at Wasps.”

Last week Wasps confirmed Matt Mullan has left the club with immediate effect and by mutual consent.

Mullan, 31, joined Wasps in 2013 and made 128 appearances for the Club as well as earning 17 caps for England, but was unable to feature for Wasps this season whilst recovering from a knee injury.

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “The Club wish Matt well with his next steps and thank him for his contribution to Wasps Rugby over the past five seasons.”

Mullan is ranked as the Gallagher Premiership’s 13th best loosehead prop in the RugbyPass Index, with an RPI of 68.

Meanwhile the club have signed All Black tighthead Jeff Toomaga-Allen from Super Rugby outfit the Hurricanes.

Toomaga-Allen, who picked up a New Zealand cap against Japan in 2013 and was also named in the 2017 Rugby Championship squad, will make the switch to the Ricoh Arena this summer.

The 28-year-old burst onto the Super Rugby scene with the Canes in 2012 and has gone on to make 101 appearances for the franchise, helping them win the title in 2016 as they defeated the Lions 20-3 in the final.

He was also part of the Wellington-based side’s charge to the 2015 final while they have also made the semi-finals in the last two campaigns.

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'We did all we could to try and keep him at Wasps' - Stuart the second prop to leave club in a week