Wasps: Piri Weepu and Martyn Thomas join Premiership club

Piri Weepu
Piri Weepu won 71 Test caps for New Zealand, playing a role in the the All Blacks' 2011 World Cup success

Premiership side Wasps have bolstered their squad by signing World Cup-winning scrum-half Piri Weepu and full-back Martyn Thomas as injury cover for the rest of the season.

New Zealander Weepu, 31, who has signed to play in France for Oyonnax next season, has been released from his one-year contract with London Welsh.

Thomas, 21, was formerly with Newport Gwent Dragons and Gloucester.

He has crossed the city to join Wasps, having spent a month with Coventry.

Thomas, who started the season with French club Masse following his release by Gloucester, has played the last four matches for Coventry in National League Division One.

The Young ones should never be afraid...
Dai Young's Wasps still have a lot to play for this season. In the race for a place in the four-team end-of season Premiership play-offs, they lie seventh but are just a point off third. They are also through to the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup, where they will face Toulon, and will qualify for next season's competition if they finish in the Premiership's top six.

He will not be involved in Sunday's meeting with his former club Gloucester (1 March, 13:00 GMT). but Weepu will be on the bench.

Wasps coach Dai Young said: "Both players have great experience at the top level. With the injury list we have in the backs and at scrum-half, they will both provide some depth, which is crucial at this stage in the season."

With long-term injuries to Will Helu (hamstring), Alapati Leiua (knee), Chris Bell (shoulder), Ben Jacobs (shoulder) and Josh Bassett (ankle) - as well as the calf injury picked up by Andrea Masi in the 23-23 draw at Newcastle on 20 February - Wasps' squad is stretched.

They also have James Haskell (England), Lorenzo Cittadini (Italy) and Bradley Davies (Wales) away on international duty.