Wasps Release Joe Launchbury Statement

Unfounded.

Wasps have issued a strongly worded statement following rumours regarding England international Joe Launchbury and his future at the Coventry-based outfit.

The 27-year-old, who was recently named in Eddie Jones’ England squad for the Six Nations, has been linked with a move to Manchester with Premiership rivals Sale Sharks.

But Wasps say these rumours are “completely unfounded” and that Launchbury will be at the club next season.

“These rumours are completely unfounded, and Wasps can confirm Launchbury will be at the club next season,” Wasps said in a statement.

Director of rugby Dai Young said:

“Joe is club captain and has been a key part of Wasps for a long time. He is an asset to the squad.

“Joe is clearly a quality player who most clubs would want in their ranks, but he is contracted to Wasps and committed to the club and the journey we are on.

“We hope Joe goes well in the Six Nations along with the rest of his Wasps teammates and we look forward to them all returning to the club later in the season.”

Launchbury added:

“Wasps are obviously a club that have been great to me over the years and are extremely close to my heart. I’m fully committed to the club and going nowhere.

“My focus right now is fully on trying to help England compete for the Six Nations title and I look forward to coming back to Wasps in March so we can finish the season strongly.”