Wasps Rugby Team have been dealt a major injury blow with the news that both Rob Webber and Dom Waldouck will not be available. Both players missed Saturday’s 33-25 home victory over London Irish after being injured in the previous weekend’s 18-16 win against Bath.
Webber could be out for up to three months, and may undergo surgery after rupturing his biceps tendon.
Waldouck is in rehab after a bulging disc left him with an arm weakness.
But suffered a fourth consecutive defeat at the hands of an impressive wasps side. A Dave Walder penalty and Tom Varndell try gave Wasps a deserved half-time lead as the hosts looked lacklustre.
Olly Barkley was on target with two penalty attempts after the break but Walder’s boot ensured Wasps’ victory.
A second successive home defeat for Bath means they could slip to ninth in the Premiership table if Harlequins beat winless Leeds on Sunday.
Wasps began with some stout defending in the opening quarter but Bath lacked the precision to get on the scoreboard.
Richard Haughton and Walder threatened the Bath line but both were denied by outside centre Jack Cuthbert before an infringement in front of the hosts’ posts allowed the Wasps fly-half to open the scoring.
It was Walder’s deft chip over the top that Varndell gathered to score on 33 minutes but his conversion drifted wide.
In a good news to London Wasps Rugby Union, Tom Varndell and Dan Ward-Smith have agreed to new contract extensions. Winger Varndell, 24, and second row Ward-Smith, 32, both joined the club at the beginning of last season and went on to make 29 appearances each.
Director of Rugby Tony Hanks said: “We are really pleased to secure the services of these two quality players. “Both Tom and Dan have bought into the Wasps way and established themselves as key members of the squad.”
Joe Simpson, whose hopes of featuring in the Six Nations this year were dashed by a serious shoulder injury, suffered further disappointment on Monday when he was ruled out of England’s summer tour with an untimely hamstring strain.
Simpson, 21, will be doubly frustrated because he picked up the injury during a seven-minute appearance against the Barbarians on Sunday when he replaced David Strettle on the wing and scarcely featured in the game.
When he reported lame after the game manager Martin Johnson had little choice but to play safe and call in the fully fit Hodgson from the England Saxons squad. Although England are embarking on a longer summer tour than usual, time is still of the essence and Simpson would undoubtedly have been earmarked to play in some capacity against the Australian Barbarians in the tour opener a week on Tuesday in Perth.
All of which represents an undeniable setback for Simpson, a star of various England age-group teams, who was really hitting his stride at senior level when he suffered a dislocated shoulder against Harlequins at the end of December.