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Holden drafted in by Wasps
ESPNscrum Staff
February 22, 2011
Wasps assistant coach Leon Holden, Wasps training ground, Acton, London, England, September 11, 2007
Leon Holden has taken over at Wasps until the end of the season © Getty Images
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Wasps have appointed Leon Holden as director of rugby until the end of the season.

The 40-year-old Kiwi returns to the club in place of the axed Tony Hanks, having been part of Wasps' coaching staff in several roles between 2005 and 2009, when the side won the Heineken Cup and Premiership.

Wasps made a Pool stage from this season's Heineken Cup and are battling to make the Premiership title play-offs, although they have secured a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals - Europe's second-tier competition.

Head coach Shaun Edwards, who is also Wales' defence specialist, took charge for their 21-12 domestic defeat to champions Leicester last weekend. Holden will lead the squad while their search continues to find a replacement for Hanks.

"At this point of the season, it was vital that we selected the right person to support Shaun Edwards and the technical staff to oversee the squad's remaining involvement in the Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup," chief executive Chris Thomas said.

"It is an added bonus that Leon is well respected by the players and staff. We have been through a quick, but vigorous, selection process, and we are delighted that Leon has accepted and will rejoin the club."

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