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Namibian flanker Tinus du Plessis moves to Wasps

Tinus du Plessis
Tinus du Plessis played in all four of Namibia's World Cup group games

Wasps have strengthened their back row by signing Namibian flanker Tinus du Plessis for the rest of the season.

"When they made the offer I took it with both hands," the 27-year-old told BBC Radio London 94.9.

He has experience of English club rugby in National League One, in his time with Launceston in 2008 and the following season at Rotherham.

The 27-year-old, signed from Namibian side Maties, played for his country in the Rugby World Cup in October.

Du Plessis, who has also played Currie Cup rugby, was voted man of the match against Wales, despite Namibia losing 81-7.

"The whole World Cup experience was unbelievable," he said. "We were on the receiving end of some big results but the guys manned up and showed a lot of heart and courage."

Having signed until the end of the season, Du Plessis hopes to do enough to warrant a longer stay.

"I'm going to try my best," he said. "Hopefully they'll like me and they'll try and sign me for another couple of years.

"But I just want to get my first game under my belt and see how it goes from there."

What we don't want to be doing in two or three months time is fighting relegation. Our goal, potentially, is to be top six

Wasps coach Trevor Woodman

London Wasps director of rugby Dai Young told the cluib's website: "Everyone knows we have struggled for strength in depth in the back row, with retirements and injuries making it very tough for us there.

"I was very impressed with Tinus at the World Cup and he brings the added bonus of versatility in a few positions so we will be a welcome addition for the rest of the season."

Du Plessis comes in on the back of Wasps' six-try 39-10 defeat by Gloucester at Kingsholm on Boxing Day - their heaviest defeat of the season.

"They did well to score 39 points," said coach Trevor Woodman. "But we contributed to most of them with the way we played," he told BBC London 94.9. In every facet of the game we came off second best.

"What we don't want to be doing in two or three months time is fighting relegation. Our goal, potentially, is to be top six."

The four-time champions, who now host lowly Worcester on New Year's Day (1500, GMT), have slipped to ninth in the Premiership.

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