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Gopperth signs new Wasps deal

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/10/2016

Former Hurricanes and Blue first five-eighth Jimmy Gopperth has signed a new deal with English Premiership club Wasps.

Wasps' announcement did not disclose the length of contract for the 33-year-old who is the Premiership's top scorer this season.

Gopperth is now playing as a second five-eighth to accommodate Danny Cipriani's return to the club.

"I believe there is a lot still to come from this squad," Gopperth said. "We've been learning our ways and making good progress, but I feel there's more to come.

"We obviously have a few more people to come in which will help our cause, but we're just looking to improve every single week. We are on the right track, but we've still got plenty to learn."

Wasps are second on the Premiership table after a five win, one loss start to the season.

Wasps rugby director Dai Young paid tribute to Gopperth and underlined his importance to the set-up.

"Jimmy is a very important player for us, on and off the field," Young said. "He has played a big part in moving the club forward since he arrived.

"Aside from his skills and attitude on the pitch, his leadership, professionalism and encouragement of everyone around him are hugely valuable to the squad."

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