Joe Launchbury confirmed as Wasps captain

England second row Joe Launchbury will continue as Wasps' captain for the 2017/18 season having led the side to the Aviva Premiership Final in his first term.

Launchbury passed the milestone of a century of appearances for Wasps last season and helped the club reach the Aviva Premiership Final and a European Champions Cup quarter final.

The 44-time capped England international is entering his eighth season at Wasps, having joined from Worthing as a 19-year-old, in 2009, and has made 109 appearances for the club..

'A massive honour'

“It’s a massive honour to have been named captain again for the 2017/18 season and something I am excited about," said Launchbury. 

"Wasps is a club I’ve been at for a long time now and I enjoyed the opportunity to play more of a leadership role last season.

“We have a good leadership group within the squad and there is a lot of talent. We will all continue to work hard to try to improve in every area and to get the best out of each other. We’re all looking forward to the Aviva Premiership starting and our first game against Sale Sharks at the Ricoh Arena on the opening weekend of September.”

The lock was part of the England squad that toured Argentina in June and at England's August training camp, Launchbury emphasised the his focus was on improving. 

“We’re now two years into this cycle, and we can’t stand still. We’ve talked about how we can improve individually to make the team better, and what this camp has given us is some pretty clear objectives, so we can go back to our clubs and integrate it into our game."

 

Looking ahead to leading the club into the new season, Joe Launchbury said: “It’s a massive honour to have been named captain again for the 2017/18 season and something I am excited about. Wasps is a club I’ve been at for a long time now and I enjoyed the opportunity to play more of a leadership role last season.

“We have a good leadership group within the squad and there is a lot of talent. We will all continue to work hard to try to improve in every area and to get the best out of each other. We’re all looking forward to the Aviva Premiership starting and our first game against Sale Sharks at the Ricoh Arena on the opening weekend of September.”

Looking ahead to leading the club into the new season, Joe Launchbury said: “It’s a massive honour to have been named captain again for the 2017/18 season and something I am excited about. Wasps is a club I’ve been at for a long time now and I enjoyed the opportunity to play more of a leadership role last season.

“We have a good leadership group within the squad and there is a lot of talent. We will all continue to work hard to try to improve in every area and to get the best out of each other. We’re all looking forward to the Aviva Premiership starting and our first game against Sale Sharks at the Ricoh Arena on the opening weekend of September.”

Looking ahead to leading the club into the new season, Joe Launchbury said: “It’s a massive honour to have been named captain again for the 2017/18 season and something I am excited about. Wasps is a club I’ve been at for a long time now and I enjoyed the opportunity to play more of a leadership role last season.

“We have a good leadership group within the squad and there is a lot of talent. We will all continue to work hard to try to improve in every area and to get the best out of each other. We’re all looking forward to the Aviva Premiership starting and our first game against Sale Sharks at the Ricoh Arena on the opening weekend of September.”

Looking ahead to leading the club into the new season, Joe Launchbury said: “It’s a massive honour to have been named captain again for the 2017/18 season and something I am excited about. Wasps is a club I’ve been at for a long time now and I enjoyed the opportunity to play more of a leadership role last season.

“We have a good leadership group within the squad and there is a lot of talent. We will all continue to work hard to try to improve in every area and to get the best out of each other. We’re all looking forward to the Aviva Premiership starting and our first game against Sale Sharks at the Ricoh Arena on the opening weekend of September.”

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