Wasps hooker signs with London Welsh

Former Wasps hooker Ben Gotting has joined London Welsh from London Scottish.

 

Gotting, 28, made over 50 appearances for Wasps, helping them to three Premiership titles (2003-05), the Heineken Cup in 2004 and the Parker Pen Challenge Cup in 2003.

The highlight of his Wasps career coming in the 2004 Premiership final against Bath, where his second half introduction was pivotal to steadying the Wasps lineout out and as they overturned a 6-0 deficit to win 10-6.


Gotting began his rugby career with Camberley RFC at the age of eight, going onto represent the clubs first XV.


He joined Wasps in 2000 whilst still studying for a degree in Sports Science at Brunel University, with his final year proving to be an extremely successful one with a BUSA Championship final win at Twickenham being followed by selection for England Universities, returning to Twickenham to help Wasps win the Zurich U21 final and culminating in the U21 Wold Cup in South Africa.


He left Wasps in 2006 to join Worcester Warriors but would endure an injury blighted two-years at Sixways, before last season playing his part in the resurgence of London Scottish by helping the Exiles remain unbeaten on their way to securing the National Three South title and promotion to the now revamped National One.


Gotting will team up once again with former rival for the hookers jersey at Wasps Phil Greening, who is assistant coach at London Welsh.


“I was desperate to get back into full-time professional rugby; I’d had a year working and thought my professional career was over following a bad injury to my knee,” said Gotting.


“But I worked hard all last year to get it right and had a good year with London Scottish, and when I spoke to head coach Danny Wilson the lure of playing full-time rugby again for a club like London Welsh was opportunity that I didn’t want to turn down.


“I’ve not worked with Danny before but I really liked what I heard from speaking to him, while I have worked with Phil [Greening] before so it will be nice to renew that link. I’ve got tremendous respect for Phil as a player and if brings 50 per cent of the enthusiasm he had as a player to being a coach then I’ve no doubt we’ll do well this year.”


“Ben brings a huge amount of experience from his time at Wasps and Worcester,” said London Welsh Head Coach Danny Wilson.


“He’s an accurate lineout thrower, a physical tackler and he carries well, and I’ve no doubt those attributes will make him a huge asset to London Welsh.”

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