Wednesday 20 November 2019

Jimmy Gopperth wants to win trophies for Leinster before he leaves for Wasps

Leinster man will leave at the end of the season

Leinster's Jimmy Gopperth has signed for Wasps
Leinster's Jimmy Gopperth has signed for Wasps

Wasps have completed the signing of Leinster fly-half Jimmy Gopperth.

New Zealand-born Gopperth signed for Leinster in 2013 after four successful years in the Aviva Premiership when he won back-to-back titles with Newcastle Falcons.

“I have had a great time at Leinster and it has been a brilliant experience and I haven’t taken the decision lightly,” said Gopperth.

“This season is very much still on the line and we are in contention for two trophies and I am looking forward to fighting on both fronts over the coming months.

"I’d like to thank Matt [O'Connor], Marco [Caputo], Leo [Cullen], Richie [Murphy] and all of the coaches during my time at Leinster for the opportunity to play in this environment and for this club with such a tradition and history.”

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young said: "We are delighted to have signed Jimmy Gopperth for next season. Jimmy's consistency of performance at the highest level is really impressive.

"He is one of the most accurate kickers in Northern Hemisphere rugby and we also expect him to develop a dangerous attacking partnership in our back line over the next couple of seasons.

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 "I've been impressed by our 21 year-old Alex Lozowski, who is coming through well, and Ruaridh Jackson should be back fully fit next season after his ACL injury, so we will continue to have good strength in depth at fly half."

Leinster boss Matt O'Connor says Gopperth will be badly missed.

“Jimmy has been an integral part of this environment for the last 18 months or so and will be missed,” said O'Connor.

“We are disappointed to lose a player of his calibre and experience but we understand his reasoning. At this stage in his career, he wants to be playing consistently and regularly and the opportunity to go to a club like Wasps was too good an opportunity for him to turn down.

“We wish him and Sarah and the kids the very best of luck with the move but would re-iterate that there is still plenty of rugby to play between now and then.”

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