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Joe Launchbury: Wasps and England lock ignores rival offers to sign new contract

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Wasps captain Joe Launchbury has signed an undisclosed-length contract extension with the Premiership club.The 26-year-old England lock follows the lead of international team-mate Elliot Daly, while Tom Cruse, Ashley Johnson, Rob Miller and Alex Rieder have extended deals in recent weeks.”We know a number of sides would have been keen for Joe to join them,” said Wasps director of rugby Dai Young.

“It is a mark of his loyalty and belief in the squad we are assembling.”Exeter-born Launchbury first joined the Wasps academy in 2009 when they were based in the south-east.He has made 117 appearances since his Premiership debut against Leicester in 2011, playing a key role in the four-times Premiership champions’ revitalisation as a club since moving to the Midlands.Launchbury said: “I’m really pleased to sign on again for a bit longer at the club.”Over the past few weeks, it has been great to see a number of players signing new contracts, enabling the club to retain quality players.”That reflects the belief we have in Dai and in our squad. “We’ve had our disappointments, but I feel over the past few years we’ve really shown our potential on both the European and domestic scene.”
Source: Warwickshire