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Wasps appoint Holden

23 February 2011

  • Leon Holden appointed Wasps interim rugby director until end of the season
  • New Zealander returns to post he held for four years between 2005 and 2009
London Wasps interim director of rugby Leon Holden

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Leon Holden has been appointed as London Wasps interim rugby director until the end of the season.

The 40-year-old New Zealander returns to the post he held between 2005 and 2009 after Tony Hanks left by mutual consent last week following a disappointing run that saw the capital club win just once in six games.

Head coach Shaun Edwards, who is also Wales' defence specialist, took charge for the 21-12 defeat against Leicester last weekend.

But Holden, who was part of Wasps' Heineken Cup success in 2007 along with the league title win in 2008, will lead the Aviva Premiership club while they search for a permanent replacement for Hanks.

Club chief executive Chris Thomas said: "At this point of the season, it was vital that we selected the right person to support Shaun Edwards and the technical staff to oversee the squad's remaining involvement in the Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup.

"It is an added bonus that Leon is well respected by the players and staff.

"We have been through a quick, but vigorous, selection process, and we are delighted that Leon has accepted and will rejoin the club."

Wasps are battling to make the Aviva Premiership title play-offs this season and are in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals having failied to go beyond the pool stage of this year's Heineken Cup.

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