Ver­sa­tile ace Ash­ley signs new con­tract

Coventry Telegraph - - RUGBY -

SOUTH African for­ward Ash­ley John­son has signed a new con­tract with Wasps.

The 31-year-old is primed for his 150th Wasps ap­pear­ance in Satur­day’s clash with Newcastle Fal­cons at Coven­try’s Ri­coh Arena, hav­ing joined the Aviva Premier­ship club in 2012.

The three-cap Spring­bok, inset be­low, has im­pressed at both hooker and flanker in his five years with Wasps, lead­ing rugby di­rec­tor Dai Young to hail the ver­sa­tile for­ward’s new deal.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that Ash is ex­tend­ing his stay at Wasps,” said Young.

“He is a real team man and plays an im­por­tant part in our lead­er­ship group.

“His ver­sa­til­ity to play at hooker or in the back row has ob­vi­ously been a huge plus for us and he has re­ally helped us when in­juries have hit both po­si­tions.

“Per­haps even more valu­able to the squad is his char­ac­ter and the way he ap­proaches each game.

“You can rely on Ash 100 per cent to give ev­ery­thing he has on the pitch and he will al­ways put the squad’s suc­cess first.”

John­son, who made his name at Su­per Rugby’s Chee­tahs, said: “It has been a real hon­our to rep­re­sent Wasps, and a mas­sive priv­i­lege to have re-signed with the club.

“I have been at Wasps from the start of this new jour­ney in Coven­try and I want to be a part of con­tin­u­ing that jour­ney with the club.”

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