Wasps trio bid farewell

Betsen, Jacobs and Holden all moving on

Last Updated: 26/04/11 12:30pm

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Betsen: Moving on at the end of the season

Betsen: Moving on at the end of the season

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Wasps duo Serge Betsen and Ben Jacobs, as well as interim director of rugby Leon Holden, will leave the club at the end of the season.

Former captain Betsen has agreed to explore other options within the sport as he moves towards the end of a highly-successful playing career.

The Cameroon-born flanker, who made 63 appearances for France before retiring from international rugby in 2008, admitted he will be sad to leave Adams Park.

"Thanks to all at the club for making a Frenchman feel so welcome."
Serge Betsen Quotes of the week

He said: "It was a big challenge for me and my family to move to England but I have really enjoyed my time at Wasps and I will be sad to leave.

"However I am excited about the next challenges the sport will bring me. Thanks to all at the club for making a Frenchman feel so welcome."

Versatile

Holden has held a senior role since February when he replaced Tony Hanks on a temporary basis, but he is now set to move to Japan as head coach for Tokyo's Ricoh BlackRams.

It will bring an end to his second spell with Wasps, having previously been employed in a variety of roles including assistant coach and forwards coach between 2005 and 2009.

Holden told www.wasps.co.uk: "I have enjoyed my time in recent months with Wasps again, despite some tough results, but the opportunity to go to Japan, where I have coached before, for a season was too good to turn down."

Outside centre Jacobs joined Wasps from Saracens at the start of the 2009-10 season and while he was a first-choice centre, his versatility has seen him employed in various other positions.

The Australian is also set for a stint in Japan where he will continue his playing career with Kyuden Voltex.

"I have enjoyed my time in recent months with Wasps again, despite some tough results, but the opportunity to go to Japan, where I have coached before, for a season was too good to turn down."
Leon Holden Quotes of the week

Jacobs said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my two seasons at Wasps and having been in London for a number of years now, I am ready for a different challenge."

Speaking on the departures, chief executive Chris Thomas added: "We wish Leon, Serge and Ben well in the next stages of their careers in Japan and beyond. Leon has done a very good job in a very short time frame and has played a key role in recruitment for next season which is ongoing and we are hugely grateful for his input and advice about what shape the squad should take going forward.

"We are continuing the process of putting in place a director of rugby for next season. This is a key appointment for us so we are not going to rush it but we are confident we will have a quality candidate in place for the start of next season."

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