1. Jack Moates
Made 17 appearances last season for London Irish and joins with a growing reputation in the pivotal number nine shirt. He scored his first premiership try against Bath at the Rec last season and lists this as his most memorable rugby moment so far.
The young Scrum Half spent the 2011/12 season on loan at London Welsh helping the side reach the Championship final. He made 24 appearances scoring two tries, one of which was a fantastic solo effort against Doncaster.
Jack’s impressive performances for London Welsh saw him gain selection to Wales U20’s squad for the 2012 Six Nations.
Jack began playing rugby at the age of 6 for Newbury RFC where he stayed until he was 16. From there Jack moved to London to be part of the London Irish AASE scheme.
2. Sam Jones
Having represented England at U16 and U18 levels, Sam was a key member of the England U20 side that reached the final of the 2011 Junior World Cup.
As a young developing back-rower Sam was exposed to significant first team action during the 2011/12 season following a number of injuries and despite the difficult circumstances, the youngster shone across the back-row.
Sam was awarded the London Wasps Young Player of the Year award at the end of the 2011/12 season and is the Community’s CoacHclass Programme Ambassador.
Last season, Sam made 26 appearances for Wasps. He captained the side and scored a try against Sale Sharks in the last seconds of the game in which London Wasps lost by the narrowest of margins.
Sam was nominated for ‘Young Player of the Season’ at the end of last season and was selected for the Barbarians squad as one of the two uncapped players alongside fellow Wasps teammate Elliot Daly, topping off a great season from the youngster with a lot more to come.
3. Josh Bassett
An England U20s graduate, Bassett topped the RFU Championship try-scoring charts during the 2011/12 season with 14, and was in excellent form again last season scoring a multitude of tries.
He also represented the RFU Championship XV against the New Zealand Maori in Doncaster in November and Bassett descibes facing the New Zealand Maori Haka as one of his favourite experiences so far.
Bassett will link up with Tommy Bell, Nathan Morris and Alec Hepburn at London Wasps who were all teammates when he represented England at the Junior World Championships in South Africa last summer.
4. Nathan Hughes
Hughes, is a young Fijian who hugely impressed playing for Auckland in their most recent ITM Cup campaign, playing a key role in helping his side reach the final. While featuring mainly at number 8 for Auckland, Hughes can also play on the blind side and at lock. Hughes is most excited to get the chance to train and play alongside Tom Varndell who he used to watch as a youngster.
5. Guy Thompson
The 26-year-old English utility back row player has signed for the Club on the back of an outstanding season in the RFU Championship, having been recently shortlisted with two others for the Championship Player of the Year Award. Thompson has risen quickly through the ranks at Jersey in his two years there, signing for the then National 1 side from Richmond in the summer of 2011. He helped the Channel Island club to promotion into the Championship in his debut season winning the Players’ Player of the Season in the process and the back row player has been the Club’s top try scorer for the past two seasons running.
6. Joe Carlisle
Talented fly half Joe Carlisle joins Wasps this season from Worcester and comes highly regarded as a young player with a big future. The 25 year old is a Worcester Warriors Academy product who made his league debut for Warriors in 2008 before appearing off the bench in the European Challenge Cup final against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm. He made 90 appearances and scored 477 points for Worcester and during the 2011/12 season scored a sensational 30 points against Femi-CZ VEA Rovigo in the Amlin Challenge Cup ‘ setting a Club record for the highest ever number of points scored in a European game.