New Wasps deal for Lewsey
Former World Cup winner Josh Lewsey has agreed to extend his contract with Wasps by a year.
Last Updated: 23/03/08 3:19pm
London Wasps have confirmed that former World Cup winner and British and Irish Lion Josh Lewsey has agreed terms to extend his contract by one year, to the end of the 2008/09 season.
The 31-year-old is marking his tenth season of professional service at Wasps with a testimonial year in 2007/08.
He has now made 220 appearances since his London Wasps debut against Bath in September 1998.
The versatile Lewsey, who has played for Wasps at centre, wing and full-back, has scored 71 tries in his ten seasons at the club and appeared in ten major club finals, winning every one.
He won the first of his 55 England caps in 1998, while still only 21, and went on to help England lift the World Cup in 2003.
Three British and Irish Lions caps also came Lewsey's way during the tour to New Zealand in 2005.
"Wasps continues to be a dynamic club - ambitious to achieve things and win trophies, and as a playing squad we have the opportunity to work with some of the best coaches in the game," said Lewsey.
"I think the club has made some major developments in the last year, both on and off the field, and I'm very pleased to be staying at Wasps for a further season."
Wasps Director of Rugby Ian McGeechan welcomed the news and praised Lewsey's continuing good form.
"I'm delighted that Josh has agreed to extend his contract with Wasps," said McGeechan.
"He has been in outstanding form for us since returning from the World Cup, and to have a player of his calibre, experience and enthusiasm in the Wasps squad is a huge positive
"Josh is a good role model for any rugby player, and as well as being a key figure in maintaining our continuity going forward, he will have an important role to play in developing our younger players to their full potential."