Gopperth signs Wasps extension

23 May 2020 23:36:28 GMTPlus10

Veteran playmaker Jimmy Gopperth has pledged his future to Wasps by signing a new deal.

New Zealander Gopperth joined the Coventry-based outfit from Leinster in 2015 and has scored 819 points in 96 appearances for the club.

The 36-year-old is in his second spell in the Premiership having previously played for Newcastle Falcons between 2009 and 2013.

In total, Gopperth has scored 1,316 points in English rugby union's top flight which puts him eighth on the list of all-time record points scorers.

Gopperth is the eighth player to commit to Wasps in recent weeks following on from  Biyi Alo, Rob Miller, Marcus Watson, Tom West, Jack Willis, Sam Wolstenholme and Thomas Young.

Wasps are fifth in the table after winning six of their opening 13 matches this season.

The club are two points adrift of Midlands rivals Northampton, who occupy the fourth and final play-off spot at present,

Despite turning 37 next month, Gopperth says that he still has plenty to offer and reckons that Wasps will be in the hunt for silverware in the coming years.

"It’s an incredibly exciting time to be involved with Wasps," Gopperth told Wasps' official club website.

"The last five years have been so enjoyable and I feel this team is building towards being really successful - I want to be part of that!

"I want to win some trophies, and the boys are really focussed on doing that.

"As a player I feel I’ve got a lot more to give and I’m really excited for the future."

Gopperth spent five seasons in Super Rugby with the Hurricanes and Blues in the early stages of his career.

The Blues are 6.50 and Hurricanes 7.50 to win Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020.

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