Matt Symons switches to Wasps from London Irish

Wasps rugby director Dai Young, pictured, has expressed his delight at the signing of lock Matt Symons from London Irish
Wasps rugby director Dai Young, pictured, has expressed his delight at the signing of lock Matt Symons from London Irish
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Wasps on Tuesday have confirmed the signing of London Irish lock Matt Symons ahead of the 2016/17 season.

The 6ft 7in back-row became eligible to play for New Zealand last year after his association with Canterbury and Chiefs clubs. However, he decided to return back to his birth nation in March 2015 and was a part of the 2015/16 Aviva Premiership season with London Irish, where he made 20 appearances for the club.

The 26-year-old will be joining the likes of Danny Cipriani, Kurtley Beale and Tommy Taylor, who have also been recruited by Wasps for the upcoming season.

Director of rugby at Wasps Dai Young said he is pleased to have the services of Symons for the upcoming season and revealed that he has been on their radar ever since he was the part of the Super Rugby side Chiefs.

"Matt is a very talented player, and we're really pleased to have him join the squad ahead of next season.

"We have taken a keen interest in him since his rise with the Chiefs in New Zealand, and his physicality and lineout authority have impressed once again with London Irish, where he has been their stand-out player."

Head of Rugby Operations at London Irish Glenn Delaney said the club was disappointed at losing a talent like Symons and wished him success in his future endeavours.

"We are disappointed that Matt has decided to leave the club and pursue other playing opportunities. He has been a consistent performer for us and we wish him well for the future."

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