Wasps RFC

Wasps Rugby Football Club is a professional rugby union team based in Coventry, England. They play in Premiership Rugby, England's top division of rugby.

Full nameWasps Rugby
Founded1866; 156 years ago (1866)
(as "Hampstead Football Club" )
1867; 155 years ago (1867)
(as "Wasps FC")[1]
LocationCoventry, England
Ground(s)Coventry Building Society Arena (Capacity: 32,609[2])
ChairmanDerek Richardson (Owner)
CEOStephen Vaughan
Coach(es)Lee Blackett
Captain(s)Joe Launchbury
Most capsSimon Shaw (355)
Top scorerJimmy Gopperth (1,152)
Most triesChristian Wade (82)
League(s)Premiership Rugby
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Founded in 1867 as Wasps Football Club, now a distinct amateur club, they were originally based in west London, but relocated to Coventry in December 2014. Wasps play at the Coventry Building Society Arena, a stadium built in 2005 and formerly known as the Ricoh Arena. Prior to the move to the Midlands, Wasps had several homes: from 1923 to 1996 they were based at Repton Avenue in Sudbury, London, from 1996 to 2002 they played at Loftus Road in Shepherd's Bush and from 2002 to 2014 they played at Adams Park in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, 30 miles west-northwest of London.

Wasps have won 12 major titles. They were European Champions twice, in 2004 and 2007; have won six English Championships including three in a row from 2003–05; and won three Anglo-Welsh Cups. They have also won the 2003 European Rugby Challenge Cup. Wasps most recent trophy is the 2008 Premiership. The 2017–18 season marked the 150th anniversary of Wasps Rugby Football Club.

In the 2020–21 season Wasps finished 8th, this entitled them to compete in the 2021-22 European Rugby Champions Cup. The current head coach is Lee Blackett who was appointed in February 2020.[3]

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