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Wasps move quickly to secure future of Fiji-born forward Hughes ahead of England debut

While Francois Louw has committed to Bath.

Hughes in action this season.
Hughes in action this season.
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FUTURE ENGLAND BACK-ROW forward Nathan Hughes confirmed he has extended his contract with Premiership side Wasps.

Fiji-born Hughes will qualify for England at the end of June, and recently confirmed he will make himself available for Test selection for head coach Eddie Jones’ set-up.

“I’m really excited to have signed a new contract with Wasps as I can see the direction the club is going in,” said Hughes.

The 24-year-old sat out the 2015 Rugby World Cup in a bid to complete the three-year residency qualification period to be eligible to represent England.

Wasps have moved quickly to tie down the in-demand Hughes to a new deal, fresh from securing an extended contract for club captain and England flanker James Haskell.

“I really appreciate Dai (Young) giving me the opportunity to come here and over the past two years it has been a great club to be part of,” he sadi.

“We have secured our own home and have seen some really exciting players joining Wasps and I really want to be part of the club moving forwards.

Hughes’ new deal was tempered slightly by Samoa prop James Johnston’s immediate departure, to “pursue alternative options”.

Injury on Samoa duty in the build-up to Rugby World Cup 2015 limited Johnston’s Wasps openings, leaving boss Young to accept the 29-year-old’s departure as the best course of action.

Meanwhile, South Africa international star Francois Louw has agreed a long-term contract extension with Bath until at least 2019.

The 30-year-old flanker has won 43 caps for the Springboks and helped them reach the World Cup semi-finals.

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