HOOKER Edd Shervington has confirmed he will retire from the sport at the end of the season to spend more time with his young family and successful farming business.
The 31-year-old hooker has made 31 appearances for Wasps during his two seasons at the club, having joined from Worcester Warriors ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
Now one of the game’s great characters is hanging up his boots and returning to Wales for a new challenge.
“I would like to thank everyone at Wasps for such an enjoyable two years, particularly our owner Derek Richardson, who has been phenomenal for the club, as well as being a really decent guy.
“I’d also like to thank Dai and the coaches for the opportunities and support they’ve given me and the players for such a memorable couple of seasons.
“We have a great bunch of guys here at Wasps and it’s been a pleasure to be part of such a tight squad, which has reached a European Semi Final and still has a Premiership Semi Final to look forward to.
“I’ve been fortunate to enjoy over a decade playing a sport I love as a job, and I will take incredible memories with me of this period in my life.”
Wasps have also confirmed this week that fly-half Ruaridh Jackson will be joining Aviva Premiership rivals Harlequins next season after two years with the club.
Jackson missed most of the 2014/15 campaign through a ruptured ACL injury but he returned to full fitness this term and the Scottish international has made 16 appearances, including playing a significant role in helping steer Wasps to victory in Dublin against Leinster and at home against Toulon in Europe.
“It’s a club on the up, playing great rugby, but I feel this move is the best decision for my career,” said Jackson.
“I’d like to thank Dai especially for understanding my decision and letting me go, and wish the very best to everyone associated with the club.”
Wasps’ director of rugby, Dai Young, added: “Ruaridh is a very talented player and we were obviously keen to keep him.
“He was certainly part of our long-term plans, but we appreciate he was keen to secure the most game-time possible and he felt this would be elsewhere given the 10’s we will have here at Wasps next season.
“Edd has been a great addition to the squad, not only for his strength at the set piece but also for his off-field presence.
“His sense of humour is sometimes an acquired taste, but he has created a lot of laughs among the squad throughout his time here and we wish him the very best for the future.”