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Hanks departs Wasps

17 February 2011

  • Tony Hanks steps down as Wasps director of rugby
  • Club confirm Hanks departure by mutual consent
Departing Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks

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Tony Hanks has stepped down from his post as director of rugby at Aviva Premiership side London Wasps, leaving the club by mutual consent.

Head coach Shaun Edwards will be in charge of the team for their league clash with Leicester at the weekend, before the club start recruiting for a new director of rugby.

Wasps sit in sixth place in the Aviva Premiership table having endured five defeats in their last six games.

Also eliminated from the Heineken Cup at the hands of Glasgow Warriors, it is recent results that has resulted in Hanks leaving.

"I am naturally disappointed to be leaving the club, and this has been a really tough decision to come to," Hank's told the official Wasps website.

"In my time here over many years I have developed a very strong bond with the players and staff and I want to thank them for their hard work and commitment.

"I have huge respect for London Wasps and I wish everyone the best. I am confident there is a special group of players coming through and that the club will be successful in the future."

Hanks a hard act to follow - Thomas

Wasps chief executive Chris Thomas admitted that poor results had been the catalyst for Hanks' departure, but thanked him for his work with the team.

"Results have not gone as we would have liked this season and we have been disappointed with recent performances," said Thomas.

"Tony has been equally disappointed with how things are going on the pitch as he has always been wholeheartedly committed to the club with a strong desire to see it succeed. Both parties believe that the time is right for change to give the squad a fresh start and the club is now looking forward."

The search for Hanks' replacement will begin immediately, and Thomas says they will have a hard act to follow in Hanks as Wasps look to regain their position as Aviva Premiership title contenders.

"Having been involved in a variety of roles here over the past number of years, Tony has been fully committed to developing the club in all areas and he has earned everyone's respect," Thomas added.

"Our focus now is on recruiting someone who can take the club forward and put us in the best position to challenge for honours.

"Tony's successor will inherit an ambitious squad that we will strengthen in the coming months and with eight more Premiership games to go, our aim as a minimum is to secure our place in next year's Heineken Cup and continue to fight for a place in the play-offs. This club has a proud history of success and our ambition is as strong as ever.

"On behalf of London Wasps I have thanked Tony for his work and dedication and I wish him the very best in the future."

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