It’s official: De Jongh off to England

Wasps have confirmed the signing of Springbok and Stormers centre Juan de Jongh ahead of the new European season.

Speculation of De Jongh's move started circulating late last week.

Director of rugby Dai Young believes De Jongh's experience and ability to play 12 and 13 will benefit the Wasps squad, who suffered an agonising 23-20 defeat in the English Premiership final on Saturday.

'We are really pleased to have Juan coming on board next season. He has a good eye for a gap and plenty of pace which makes him dangerous in attack, while he also has strong organisational skills in defence.

'With Kurtley Beale returning to Australia to further his Wallabies career, Nick De Luca retiring and Alapati Leiua moving to Bristol, Juan and Gaby Lovobalavu’s arrival will add to the talented group of centres we have at the club.

'Juan is a good friend of Ashley Johnson, whose opinion we respect highly. We feel he will fit into the squad really well next season, after we’ve all dusted ourselves down from the Premiership final defeat and re-grouped to prepare to go again for the 2017-18 campaign.'

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Mariette Adams