Launchbury inks new deal with Wasps

England lock Joe Launchbury has signed a new contract with Wasps the Coventry-based club has announced.

The second row joined Wasps Academy in 2009, made his Premiership debut against Leicester Tigers two years later and has made 117 appearances since.

He is the club's current captain, having taken the reigns from Matt Mullan and James Haskell last season, and brought Dai Young's men to a Premiership final in his first season in the role.

“I am delighted to sign a new contract to stay at Wasps; it’s a place my family and I have come to call home over the past seven years and I’m really pleased to sign on again for a bit longer at the club, as we work hard to fulfil the ambitions we have as a squad," he added.

“Over the past few weeks it has been great to see a number of players signing new contracts, enabling the club to retain quality players in what is already a fantastic squad. That reflects the belief we have in Dai and in our squad, that together we can build on the progress we’ve made over the past few seasons and take our game to the next level. I really want to play my part in that moving forward."

"A world class second row"

Launchbury has 47 Test caps to his name, and was most recently part of Eddie Jones' Old Mutual Wealth Series winning squad, during which he put in a man of the match performance against Australia - his fifth award under the stewardship of Jones.

“Joe has been with us for a long time and has stuck through the tougher times here. He has also experienced more recent times when we’ve been much more competitive and hopefully he can be around when we go the next step and achieve some silverware, which he deserves," said Wasps director of rugby Dai Young.

“During the time Joe has been with us, he’s developed from a club player into an international player and I believe he is now a world-class second row in his own right."