England's Simon Shaw seeks departure, say London Wasps

Simon Shaw
Shaw made one start and two replacement appearances for England during the World Cup

Wasps have claimed lock Simon Shaw has requested to leave the club, despite signing a new contract in the summer.

In a statement the Premiership side say the England international requested news of his new deal remained private until he returned from World Cup duty.

Shaw, 38, who has 71 international caps, featured three times for Martin Johnson's side in New Zealand.

"Upon his return, he informed the club last week he would like to finish his career overseas," the statement read.

"The club are very disappointed with this news and await an official approach for the player."

The statement added that the former British & Irish Lions forward, who has played 339 times for Wasps since joining from Bristol in 1997, had asked that his new deal be kept under wraps for "personal reasons".

"Simon requested that the club did not announce this at the time for personal reasons, which the club was happy to comply with," it read.

Shaw's desire to leave follows the news that head coach with the Adams Park club.

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