Wasps sign up full-back Hugo Southwell

Hugo Southwell
Southwell has represented English clubs Bristol and Worcester in the past

Wasps have signed Scotland international full-back Hugo Southwell from Stade Francais on a two-year deal.

The 31-year-old, capped 59 times by his country, left Edinburgh to play in France two years ago.

He has been ruled out of going to the World Cup in September as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury.

"I have been encouraged by the squad the club has put together and I believe director of rugby Dai Young is building something really positive," he said.

"Hopefully I can see some game-time early on and push on from there."

Young added: "Hugo is a great addition to the squad for the coming season, adding depth to the back three which is an area we identified as somewhere we needed strengthening.

"We've got a lot of young talent in our backline so bringing in someone with fantastic international and domestic experience will be a huge boost to the squad."

Explaining Southwell's absence from the Scotland World Cup squad in July, head coach Andy Robinson said: "Hugo has been working hard to recover from a knee injury but has not been able to take a full part in our training camp.

"While he may be fit to resume playing in mid-late August both Hugo and I have decided that he will not be part of our World Cup plans."

England flanker , but will do so in 12 months time.