Stade Toulousain has announced the arrival of third line English international Jack Willis, from Wasps, a club which, like Worcester, has been excluded from the English championship.
In rugby as elsewhere, it happens that the misfortune of some makes the happiness of others. While the English clubs of Worcester and Wasps have been placed in receivership due to major financial problems and have been excluded from the championship, French clubs (in particular) are taking the opportunity to recover players who find themselves unemployed. After Renato Giammarioli (passed from Worcester to Bordeaux-Bègles), Kyle Hatherell (from Worcester to La Rochelle) and Curtis Langdon (from Worcester to Montpellier), it is a former Wasps executive player who signed up this Thursday with Toulouse . England third line international Jack Willis has signed with the Reds and Blacks as an additional player. The almost 26-year-old player, brother of Tom Willis (who left Wasps for Bordeaux-Bègles), joined Wasps at the age of 19 and has spent his entire professional career there. But the poorly run Coventry-based club have started losing money in recent years, and the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t helped. So much so that, like Worcester, Wasps had to lay off their players and staff (167 employees laid off for the bee club) last month.
Five selections for Willis
With 80 club matches and 5 selections for the England team on the clock, Jack Willis will bring his experience and his talent to the Haute-Garonne club, current leader of the Top 14 before going to Lyon on Sunday (11th day) for the resumption of the championship after a three-week break. “We are very happy to welcome a player like Jack Willis to our squad. We know his qualities as a rugby player and appreciate that he shows us his confidence. The whole club welcomes him to Toulouse! “, rejoiced Didier Lacroix, the president of Stade Toulousain. This season, Jack Willis played four games with the Wasps (two tries) before the club had to go out of business, and two with the XV de la Rose during the Autumn Tour, as a substitute. However, he will not play on Saturday against South Africa.