Dan Robson has become the latest Wasps player to commit to coaching a grassroots Coventry and Warwickshire club.
The England scrum-half has agreed to become the backs coach at level seven outfit, Pinley RFC.
Based just three-and-a-half miles away from the Ricoh Arena, Pinley finished eighth in Midlands Two West South – the same division in which Jimmy Gopperth and Ashley Johnson coach Nuneaton Old Edwardians.
Pinley have strong connections with Wasps through their coach Dave Fowler-Simons, who owns Lakeside Landscapes which looks after the Broadstreet RFC grounds used by Wasps.
“It’s great for the club to have somebody of Dan’s calibre coming to us,” said chairman Brian Lester. “He was really keen to get on board and it’s exciting for everyone involved. Dave Fowler-Simons, captain Wayne Lester and all the boys are really looking forward to working with him.”
Robson will become the latest in a long line of Wasps players who have taken on coaching roles locally. Tom Cruse and Ben Harris work with level eight club Old Leamingtonians, Jacob Umaga coaches both Coventry University’s women’s team and level nine men’s club, Aston Old Edwardians. Charlie Matthews and Billy Searle, who have both left the club recently, coached at Southam and Broadstreet, respectively.
Concussion ends career
Former Wasps forward Alex Lundberg has retired from rugby, aged 25.
The loosehead joined Wasps amateurs as a six-year-old and worked his way through the academy to the senior ranks, earning England U20 honours along the way.
He was released at his own request in January 2018 after suffering a succession of injury problems.
Fortune did not favour him at his new club, Championship side Ealing Trailfinders, and one Wednesday he took to social media to share the news of his retirement.
He said on his Instagram page: “So rugby has had to come to an end for me. No one really ever wants to have to give up playing but I’ve had a fair few injuries over the years anyway and the last 18 months have been particularly tough struggling with a nasty concussion which has made retiring a bit of a no brainer (lol).
“I just want to say thank you to all the lads who have made playing and training such good fun (had some great games and some even better socials), the coaches who’ve helped me and backed me along the way, the physios who’ve rehabbed me and the S&Cs who’ve gone above and beyond at different points throughout my career (you know who you are).”
He also referenced his next venture, getting ‘stuck into all things property’ with Wasps player and friend, Jack Willis. The pair have founded RockCap, a commercial and residential property sourcing company.
Ex Wasps joins Midlands club
Former Wasps prop David Langley has joined Birmingham Moseley on a permanent basis.
The tighthead played A League and Anglo-Welsh Cup rugby for Wasps before moving to Coventry last summer. He made six appearances on loan at Billesley Common before being recalled.
He said: “I’m very excited to have signed with Birmingham Moseley, I came on loan last year, and really enjoyed my time here. It’s a great group of players, a great group of coaches, and fantastic fans, and I can’t wait to get started this season.”
Wasps Academy fly-half Sunni Jardine has joined Bournville.
The ambitious club were promoted as Midlands Premier champions, and have prepared for life at level four by making a raft of new signings.
New kit arrives
Wasps’ new kit appears to have arrived at the club’s Broadstreet RFC training ground base.
Kitman Pudsey Bevan shared a video on social media that showed pallets of kit arriving from Holland on Wednesday.
Wasps’ current kit supplier Under Armour has a headquarters and a factory in Holland.
Ready for next stage
Head coach Lee Blackett said Wasps are ready for stage two of the Return to Rugby road map which has been implemented by the RFU.
The six-stage plan was implemented to get players back into peak condition but to remain compliant with the ever-changing guidelines on helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Wasps players returned to training earlier this month with a view to restarting the Gallagher Premiership season on August 15.
Speaking during an interview on the club’s social media channels, Blackett said: “We still at this moment in time don’t know when stage two is going to happen. All we can do as a club is make sure we are ready for it when it does.
“I’m sure when it does come in (stage two) you’re only going to get a week or so to get prepared and ready.
“There’s a lot of stuff at this moment in time. We worked so hard to get ready for stage one, now all the planning is in place to make sure when we’re allowed to move to stage two, we’re ready to do it.”