LEEDS CARNEGIE’S World Cup winner Steve Thompson has joined Wasps for the 2011-12 Aviva Premiership season.
The England star, who has 66 international caps and was part of the 2003 England side which won the World Cup, has also played for Northampton and Brive as well as touring New Zealand with the Lions in 2005.
Having played a full season with Premiership strugglers Leeds, Thompson has signed a three-year deal to join Wasps in the close season.
Thompson said: “As much as it has been a difficult season for Leeds on the pitch, I have really enjoyed my time there and met some great people and I am very grateful that they gave me the opportunity to return to the English game.
“However I’m excited about the opportunity to go and play with Wasps for the next few seasons.”
Also heading for the Carnegie exit door is Welsh fly-half Ceiron Thomas, who has agreed to join Championship play-off finalists Cornish Pirates.
Thomas joined Carnegie from Scarlets in the 2009 close season following the club’s promotion to the Premiership.