Wasps angered by Shaw U-turn
November 2, 2011
Simon Shaw in action for England against Ireland in this year's Six Nations © Getty Images
London Wasps have reacted angrily to veteran lock Simon Shaw's decision to apparently renege on a contract extension with the Premiership club.
The 38-year-old England international reportedly signed a new one-year deal with Wasps in the summer before he headed to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup. But since returning home he has been linked with a move to French Top 14 side Toulon who are looking to fill the void left by an Achilles injury that has sidelined big money signing Bakkies Botha.
Shaw was spotted in the stands as Toulon beat Brive 18-3 in their latest league outing on Saturday with increased speculation prompting a strongly-worded statement from Wasps.
"Simon Shaw signed a contract extension with London Wasps in August, before leaving for the Rugby World Cup with England," read the statement. "Simon requested that the club did not announce this at the time for personal reasons, which the club was happy to comply with.
"Upon his return, he informed the club last week that he would like to finish his career overseas. The club are very disappointed with this news and await an official approach for the player."
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