Haskell and Mullan appointed as Wasps co-captains

James Haskell is expected to miss up to six months of rugby

Aviva Premiership Rugby club Wasps have confirmed that James Haskell and Matt Mullan as co-captains for the upcoming 2015/16 season.

England back row, James Haskell, who led the squad to a European Champions Cup quarter final and a targeted sixth place league finish last season, is set for his second term as captain.

Haskell is joined by England international prop Matt Mullan, who was vice captain last season and has been skippering the squad during pre-season, while Haskell has been with England’s Rugby World Cup squad.

Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “James has been outstanding for us as captain and I was really impressed with how he led the squad and carried himself last season, in his first year as captain.

“James has proven himself to be a natural leader, who people respect and follow, and he has been a fantastic ambassador for Wasps both on and off the pitch during our move to Coventry.

“I have always seen James continuing the captaincy this season and we have also appointed Matt Mullan as co-captain. Like James, Matt is highly respected throughout the club by players, coaches and management and he has done a tremendous job in leading the squad when Hask has been away with England.

“With the squad having one more season training in Acton while playing our home matches in Coventry, the captaincy requirements are much higher than they would be in a traditional role, particularly in terms of the off-field role, helping to grow our support base in the West Midlands.

“We have decided to appoint co-captains in order to share the workload and off-field captaincy commitments and allow the players enough time to focus on their own games, being able to rotate when necessary.

“James and Matt are both strong characters who I feel will lead the club brilliantly during the 2015/16 campaign, which includes a more competitive than ever Aviva Premiership and one of the toughest pool’s in European history. We are all really looking forward to the challenge and can’t wait for the season to kick off against Quins next Friday.”

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