Wasps will bid a fond farewell to a trio of faces at the end of the season, with Serge Betsen and Ben Jacobs joining interim director of rugby Leon Holden in leaving Adams Park in the summer.
Former captain Betsen will be the most high profile departure from the club. The 63-capped former French international has been at Adams Park since 2008, and the flanker has been an integral part in the success the club have enjoyed since his arrival. Betsen will explore other options still within rugby but whether or not that will be in a playing capacity is still unknown. As anyone following the online betting tips will know, Wasps have been disappointing this season and they clearly think a clear out is needed.
Betsen admitted he will leave the club with a heavy heart after thoroughly enjoying his time in England.
“It was a big challenge for me and my family to move to England but I have really enjoyed my time at Wasps and I will be sad to leave,” he said.
“However I am excited about the next challenges the sport will bring me. Thanks to all at the club for making a Frenchman feel so welcome.”
Australian centre Jacobs has also announced his intention to leave in the summer, the 28-year old looking likely to join Japanese side Kyuden Voltex. The versatile former Saracens star has been an extremely useful member of Wasps’ squad since arriving at the club, playing in a number of positions and the club will need to replace Jacobs with the right player ahead of the new season.
Also joining Jacobs in heading east to the Orient will be director of rugby Leon Holden, who will take up the position of head coach at Tokyo’s Ricoh BlackRams. Kiwi Holden has enjoyed two spells at Wasps since 2005, fulfilling a number of different roles ranging from assistant coach to forwards coach, before finally taking the director of rugby position. Those planning on looking at the in play betting next season should keep a close eye on the personnel who are brought in to replace those departing.
Chief Executive Chris Thomas expressed his best wishes to the leaving trio, thanking them for their work at the club.