Wasps have brought in further reinforcements for their pack with the signing of Namibian second rower, Heinz Koll until the end of the season.
Koll will link up with his compatriot Tinus Du Plessis, who he starred alongside during the recent World Cup.
Koll impressed for Namibia, starting all four of his counties pool games, scoring a try against Wales which showed off his impressive ball carrying and strength. He broke and ran 40 yards with the ball to score against one of the most impressive sides at the tournament.
Wasps have recently been hit by a number of injuries to forwards, specifically to the second row and the signing of Koll will drastically increase their options, providing international experience which will not disappear over the forthcoming Six Nations campaign (Though Wasps will take some of the reflected glory if their players win the tournament – not least because as many as 5 first-teamers are set to star for the Championship favourites according to the Six Nations Betting Odds. He will increase options and even when the squad are at full strength he will provide a new option available to the Wasps.
Despite not being available in any of Wasps remaining Challenge Cup games, Koll will be available for the remainder of their domestic campaign.
With the potentially difficult situation facing Wasps in the league, should Newcastle find a way to reopen the relegation battle, their focus will no doubt have to be on the league and the strength in depth that Koll will help to provide Wasps could prove crucial should they be dragged into a relegation dog fight.
Dai Young, Wasps Director of Rugby said of the signing “Heinz will bring with him a great amount of physicality” he also adds how impressed he was with the Namibian at the World Cup.
Koll himself described the Premiership as “one of the best leagues in the World” and said he was “delighted to get the chance to join Wasps.” On the news of Koll signing, thelatest Rugby betting odds placed Wasps as second-favourites to win the title.
Koll is eager to prove himself as someone who can make an impact and will no doubt be aiming to impress enough to secure a stay beyond the end of the season.