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Lemi in quartet of Wasps signings

David Lemi
Lemi's solo try against Bath was voted the best of the season

Wasps have announced four new signings for next season including Samoa international winger David Lemi.

The 27-year-old moves to Adams Park on a two-year contract after four years at recently relegated Bristol.

Outside centre Ben Jacobs, 26, joins from Saracens on a two-year deal and has a wealth of Super 14 experience with the New South Wales Waratahs.

Scrum-half Warren Fury, 23, joins for two years and 22-year-old hooker Chris Whitehead has penned a one-year deal.

Lemi has won a host of accolades since he started playing in England in 2005.

He was the top try scorer in the Guinness Premiership in 2006/7, the second highest in his debut season and featured among the top scorers in 2007/8.

Ben Jacobs
Jacobs was named Waratahs' best back in 2007

Despite a wretched season for Bristol last term he scooped the try of the season award for an audacious solo effort against Bath in round one of the competition.

"To join a club of Wasps' calibre now is perfect timing for my developing career," Lemi said.

"I know it will pose challenges for me to prove myself worthy of playing alongside some of the world's top players."

Jacobs, who made his Super 14 debut in 2004 and has been capped by Australia A, said: "After a year in the Premiership I am looking forward to being part of Wasps and helping the club continue their history of success."


Scrum-half Fury returns to Wasps after a two-season exile at London Irish.

He was a key part in Wasps 'A' League-winning side of 2006/7 and had previously played for the senior side eight times.

"I am over the moon to be back at the club," he said. "Wasps is a very special place and I am pleased to be back among some familiar and some new faces."

Front row Whitehead moves to Wasps from National One side Coventry in partnership with London Welsh.

Warren Fury
Fury played twice for Wales on their 2008 tour to South Africa

A former Leicester Tigers academy product, he won numerous plaudits from his team-mates and fans at Coventry and has represented England at Under-16, 18 and 19 level.

The signings mark the first statement of intent from the club's new director of rugby Tony Hanks who was unveiled on Friday but who had been heavily involved in targeting and recruiting players beforehand.

He added: "It has been good to see not only a host of our top-level players opt to reiterate their commitment and re-sign for next season but also our ability to bring in new signings who have had a great deal of interest around them."

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