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Wasps' James Haskell called up to Lions Squad

James Haskell will travel to New Zealand next month Credit: PA Images

Wasps forward James Haskell has been called up to the British & Irish Lions squad to face New Zealand next month.

He replaces Billy Vunipola who has been ruled out of the tour due to a shoulder injury.

Haskell was part of the Wasps side that beat Leicester Tigers in the Premiership on Saturday.

Wasps will play Exeter this weekend to crown this season's English Champions.

Wasps to sign Covenant with British Armed Forces

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Wasps will sign a Covenant with the British Armed Forces tomorrow.

The rugby club will pledge its support to the military services at half-time when they play Northampton Saints at the Ricoh Arena.

A military village will be on show for fans outside the stadium tomorrow.

We're always looking for ways in which we can have a positive impact across different areas of the community, so we're delighted to have forged this relationship with the Armed Forces, who we proudly support.

This marks the start of what we hope will be a long-lasting association and we look forward to seeing the relationship evolve over the coming years.

– Wasps' deputy chairman, Nick Eastwood

The Military in the Midlands are delighted to be signing the Armed Forces Covenant with Wasps.

This is the beginning of a close relationship with the club and will see not only annual Military Match days here at the Ricoh Arena, but regular interactive leadership and team building training between Wasps and the Military Community and regular outreach exercises with the local Community.

– Lt Col Richard Jones

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Italy's Festuccia returns to Wasps on short-term deal

Carlo Festuccia Credit: PA

Former Italy, Wasps and Zebre hooker, Carlo Festuccia, has re-joined Wasps on a short-term contract until the end of the 2016/17.

The 36-year-old made more than 60 appearances for Wasps during his time at the club between 2013 and 2016.

He returns to provide cover after injuries to Tom Cruse and George Edgson, with Tommy Taylor named in England’s 34-man-squad for the RBS 6 Nations.

“I'm really pleased to return to the Wasps’ environment after three fantastic years with the club. It has been great to see the team doing really well this year and I'm very happy to help them until the end of the season. I have enjoyed being back home in Italy, but it has been a very tough six months on the rugby side. I wish Zebre the very best for the rest of the season and I look forward to meeting back up with the Wasps’ squad and Wasps fans.”

– Carlo Festuccia
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