Lemi one of four new London Wasps signings

Newly appointed Wasps Director of Rugby, Tony Hanks, has today unveiled a host of new signings as David Lemi, Ben Jacobs, Warren Fury and Chris Whitehead prepare to don the black and gold of Wasps next season.


Working on player recruitment, as well as part of the coaching set up during his six month secondment with Wasps in 2008/09, Hanks has confirmed four strong signings who add further strength and depth to the 2009/10 squad list.


Complimenting an already impressive back division, David Lemi will join Wasps on a two year contract at the start of a season which marks great intent for the Club.


A man who has excited the Guinness Premiership stage since his arrival at Bristol in 2005, Samoan International Lemi has continually topped the best finishers table – recording the second highest Premiership try count in his first season, top Premiership try scorer title in 2006/07 and a place in the table in 2007/08.


The trend continued this season finishing as the league’s joint second top try scorer with his efforts in Round 1 against Bath earning him the Bank of America Try of the Season gong at the 2008/09 Guinness Premiership Awards.


On his arrival at Bristol four years ago, Lemi brought with him a reputation as one of the best on the World Sevens circuit, scoring almost at will. The 27 year old winger made his XV’s debut for Samoa against Tonga in 2004 and has since gained 18 caps scoring 5 tries.


He played in all four of Samoa’s matches at the RWC 2007 and has played every game for Samoa in the last two IRB Pacific Nation Cups.


With a total of 84 appearances, 45 tries and 238 points for Bristol, the winger is looking forward to donning the black and gold of Wasps next season.


“Four and a half years ago, I was playing for my local club, Marist St Josephs, back in Samoa and representing Samoa at International Sevens. Having come to Bristol four seasons ago, I could never have perceived in my wildest dreams that I would be contracted by one of England’s top Clubs.


“Joining Bristol in 2005 for a single trial season, I guess you could say I never looked back and have tried to use the opportunity that was presented to me. I am very grateful to Bristol for that opportunity and the support they have offered me and my family for the last four years.


“To join a club of London Wasps caliber now, is perfect timing for my developing career. I know that it will also pose challenges for me personally, to not only adapt to life in a big city but to prove myself worthy of playing alongside some of the world’s top players.


“London Wasps have been very supportive and patient during the negotiating process and I thank them for seeing the potential in me. My family and I are very excited as we prepare to join the Club next season.”


The second of Wasps new signings is outside centre Ben Jacobs, who joins the Club from Saracens on a two year contract. Strengthening the midfield outfit, Jacobs brings with him a wealth of experience following an impressive career with Super 14 finalists NSW Waratahs.


The versatile Jacobs has played in a number of positions since his Super Rugby debut against the Crusaders in 2004, but it was in 2007 when he stamped his authority at centre, starting nine of the thirteen matches that season – playing exclusively in the midfield – to collect the Waratah’s Best Back Award.


Capped by Australia A, the 26 year old has also represented Central Coast Rays and club side Warringah, working through a tough run of injuries to play 35 games at Super Rugby level between 2004 and 2008.


A strong runner, with strength in defence and an impressive work rate, Jacobs qualifies for a UK passport through his English wife and is looking forward to settling into his new club colours.


“I’m very excited about joining London Wasps. After experiencing a year of Premier

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