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Wasps’ Joe Simpson ruled out for 12-weeks

Scrum-half Craig Hampson will join up with Wasps on a loan deal from Bristol after Joe Simpson was ruled out for 12 weeks.

Following his injury in Wasps’ Champions Cup win over Leinster, Joe Simpson has had to undergo surgery on his ankle and is expected to be out for 12 weeks.

Wasps have acted quicky to sign scrum-half Craig Hampson as cover from Championship leaders Bristol on loan after losing first-choice scrum-half

27, has had to undergo surgery after suffering the injury in Wasps’ impressive 51-10 European Champions Cup win over Leinster on Saturday.

But Wasps have responded quickly by bringing in 25-year-old Hampson.

“Joe’s injury leaves us a little light at scrum-half,” said boss Dai Young.

“It is great that we have been able to bring in Craig so quickly. He has impressed in the Championship for both Bristol and Yorkshire Carnegie.

“It is obviously disappointing for everyone that Joe has had to undergo surgery on his ankle, especially at a time when he was playing so well. I’m sure he was knocking on the door for international recognition.”

Simpson’s injury, just a week before the start of the Six Nations, ends any hopes he might have had of getting an England recall this season under new coach Eddie Jones.