Wasps swoop for duo
Wasps have continued their rebuilding process for the coming season with the signings of Eoghan Hickey and Ben Broster.
By Tony Curtis
Last Updated: 12/08/09 11:15am
Wasps have continued their rebuilding process for the coming season with the signings of Eoghan Hickey and Ben Broster on one-year deals.
Hickey, who has represented Ireland at A team and Under-21 levels, arrives from London Irish after scoring 107 points in 25 appearances for the Exiles.
The 27-year-old, a who has also played for Munster and Leinster, will now provide competition to Danny Cipriani and Dave Walder at fly-half - while he can also slot in at full-back.
Wales tight-head prop Broster arrives from Northampton and has a wealth of experience after spells with Saracens, London Irish and the Scarlets.
And Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks believes the duo will add valuable depth to his squad.
He said: "Joining us in Poland on trial both Eoghan and Ben have really impressed, not only in terms of their playing quality but also in terms of their attitude and ability to fit into the squad very quickly, resulting in them both being offered full-time contracts.
"Eoghan gives us depth at fly-half which is important in the Guinness Premiership and will add competition for Danny and Dave at 10. He brings a strong kicking game to the team and he has a wealth of experience having played with Ireland A as well as plenty of rugby at Premiership level.
"He is a quality fly-half but he also has the ability to play full-back which, along with his strong kicking game, is something that could be really valuable to us this year especially with the importance that kicking is playing in the modern game.
"Having played international rugby as a young promising prop with Wales, Ben is looking for the chance to really establish himself at Premiership level - of which he has a great wealth of experience.
"We feel it is important to have depth especially at tight head and he brings that depth and quality to the existing group and I'm sure he will flourish under the coaching of Trevor Woodman."