ENGLAND scrum-half Joe Simpson will join Gloucester this summer from Premiership rivals Wasps.

Simpson has made more than 200 appearances for Wasps having come through their academy and represented England at all levels from under-19 upwards.

Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys said: “As we seek to build a squad that is capable of competing for honours at the highest level of the domestic and European game, strength in depth in our squad is crucial. And the addition of Joe to our ranks is a very significant one.

“His background speaks for itself, he has been one of the top performing scrum-halves throughout his career at Wasps, and has shown this season that he’s still performing at the very top of his game.

“Joe’s signing means that we will have significant experience and ability at the scrum-half position next season and we’re all very much looking forward to seeing him in Cherry and White.”

Simpson, who follows Elliot Daly in announcing his departure from Wasps this week, said: “I’m excited about joining Gloucester Rugby next season. They are a team on the rise and play an entertaining brand of rugby. I’ve spoken to friends at the club and they have reinforced this.

“I believe the squad that they are assembling is one that is capable of challenging at the top. I feel like the move has come at the right time for me and I am looking forward to starting a new challenge.”

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