Hurricanes back-rower Brad Shields has confirmed the worst kept secret in New Zealand rugby, announcing his move to Wasps and, down the track, a potential Test call-up with England.
Christian Wade's double helped Wasps claim an entertaining 40-10 bonus-point win over Newcastle Falcons at a chilly Ricoh Arena.
Wasps hooker Tom Cruse has joined Ashley Johnson in signing a new contract with the Aviva Premiership outfit.
Wasps recorded the first win of their Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign on Friday night with a 36-12 victory over the Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium.
Newcastle won a high-scoring Anglo-Welsh Cup tie against Wasps, edging a 14-try thriller 53-41. After an early Falcons penalty from Craig Willis, two tries within two minutes gave the hosts the advantage in a frantic opening period.
Wasps have signed Australia international Nathan Charles on a short-term deal.
Wasps have signed South African back row Nizaam Carr on a three-month contract as injury cover after the five-time capped Springbok was snubbed for their end of season tour.
Further doubt has been cast over the fitness of Elliot Daly and Matt Mullan, after it was confirmed that both players will miss England's training camp in Portugal.
England are awaiting injury updates on Elliot Daly, Matt Mullan and Piers Francis after the trio were hurt during Wasps' 38-22 Aviva Premiership win at Northampton.
Injuries to Elliot Daly and Matt Mullan were the only blemishes as Wasps continued to display signs of revival after a troubled start to the season in a 38-22 Aviva Premiership victory over Northampton.
Wasps captain Joe Launchbury believes his struggling team has "got the monkey off our backs" and head to Northampton ready to prove they have recaptured the belief that powered them into last season's Aviva Premiership final.
With Eddie Jones having named his squad for the November internationals, this weekend's Aviva Premiership games take on added incentive for the players selected as they bid to stake a claim for a starting place.
Wasps back row James Haskell turned to Alan Partridge for inspiration as he dealt with his omission from Eddie Jones' England squad Thursday.
Wasps secured their first win in six matches as they ran in five tries against Harlequins, who lost Francis Saili to a serious late injury.
European club rugby is back for the second weekend in a row with another stacked fixture list. ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across the two competitions.
Two tries in as many minutes was enough for Ulster as Les Kiss' side saw off a spirited Wasps side 19-9 in the opening Champions Cup fixture at the Kingspan.
The Champions Cup is back after a five month absence as 20 teams from seven countries compete for European club rugby's coveted prize.
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall looked ahead to Jamie George's duel with Dylan Hartley next Sunday after seeing the England hooker claim a hat trick of tries in a 38-19 victory over Wasps.
England hooker Jamie George scored a hat trick as Saracens condemned Wasps to a fourth successive defeat.
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young placed a question mark over the fitness of Nathan Hughes after the England No. 8 limped off with a dead leg in a 25-9 Aviva Premiership defeat by Bath.
Wasps fell to a third successive Aviva Premiership defeat while losing their England number eight Nathan Hughes to injury as Bath left the Ricoh Arena with a 25-9 win.
Wasps boss Dai Young has urged his players to show more composure when they face Aviva Premiership rivals Bath on Sunday.
Premiership Rugby plans to extend the club season in England have been met with considerable resistance. ESPN rounds up who has said what on the issue.
Champions Exeter Chiefs ran in five tries against Wasps to secure an impressive win over last season's beaten finalists.
Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter wants to lay down a marker against Wasps when last season's Aviva Premiership finalists meet at Sandy Park on Sunday.
- WASPS10thTRIES SCORED 1st Saracens : 13 Tries ScoredSARAC1st513
- WASPS6thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Saracens : 46 Points DifferenceSARAC1st2146