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Steve Thompson signs three-year deal at Wasps

03 May 2011

  • Steve Thompson leaves Leeds Carnegie for London Wasps
  • England’s most capped hooker signs for three-years at Adams Park
England hooker Steve Thompson in action for Leeds Carnegie in the Aviva Premiership

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World Cup-winning hooker Steve Thompson has agreed a deal to move to London Wasps from Leeds at the end of the season.

Thompson, who became England's most-capped No.2 during the 2011 RBS 6 Nations, had joined Leeds at the start of the season from Brive – having revived his career in France after a serious neck injury had forced him to retire.

However Thompson, a member of the 2005 British and Irish Lions, has now signed a three-year deal with Wasps.

The 32-year-old said: "As much as it has been a difficult season for Leeds on the pitch, I have really enjoyed my time there and met some great people and I am very grateful that they gave me the opportunity to return to the English game.

"However I'm excited about the opportunity to go and play with Wasps for the next few seasons.

"I've been really impressed with some of their young players and I'm looking forward to being part of a team that is aiming to get back to the top of their game."

Thompson backed to make big impact

England's most capped hooker, Steve Thompson, sings the national anthem

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Wasps chief executive Chris Thomas believes 66-cap Thompson will have a big impact on and off the pitch at Adams Park.

"Steve is exactly the type of front row forward we have been looking for in our recruitment drive for next season," said Thomas.

"He will bring with him excellent experience at international and Premiership level and we believe that Steve will also play a big role in developing some of our future talent."