Rugby - Aviva Premiership

Wasps takeover completed

London Wasps have confirmed the completion of their takeover by a consortium fronted by former player Ken Moss.

 
Wasps takeover completed - Rugby - Aviva PremiershipPA Photos
 

The group had been in talks for several months to take charge at Adams Park. Contracts were recently exchanged, with the consortium purchasing shares held by previous Wasps owner Steve Hayes.

Wasps say they will continue to play at Adams Park in Wycombe "for the foreseeable future", but added that the new owners had placed a "long-term priority" on developing a new stadium.

The majority of Wasps' office staff will be based at their Twyford Avenue training ground in Acton, with a new board of directors to be appointed shortly.

Former Wasps captain Mark Rigby will remain in his current role of club chairman, while David Thorne has already started work as the club's new chief executive.

A future role for Moss, whose work has been pivotal to the business and sport-based consortium assuming control, has yet to be finalised.

Rigby said: "We are delighted to confirm the completion of the sale process following the agreement of terms in recent months.

"It has undoubtedly been a lengthy process and there have been some complex financial issues involved, but we are pleased that the situation finally has been resolved."

Rigby also paid tribute to Hayes, adding: "I would like to thank Steve for his financial support over the last few years which shouldn't be underestimated.

"Under his ownership, the club sought to be innovative off the pitch with the development of the St George's Day brand and in taking the first English domestic competitive game overseas."

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