Joe Simpson rugby player
Joe Simpson rugby player

Joe Simpson

5th Jul 1988 1.80m/82kg Scrum Half

A graduate of London Wasps' academy, Simpson has fast developed into an electric scrumhalf with a snappy pass from the base.

Having played for England at Saxons level, he won his first full cap at the 2011 World Cup as a replacement, becoming only the second player to win his first cap for England in a Rugby World Cup tournament.

Joe has represented England at U19, Sevens and U20 level and in 2008 he was nominated for the IRB Young Player of the Year award.

The speedy scrum half spent last summer training with the Great Britain 7s squad in a bid to make it to the Rio Olympics, but missed out on the final squad due to an elbow injury.

He joined the Academy in the summer of 2006 and developed rapidly, making his senior debut in October 2008. After some eye-catching appearances off the bench and some top tries, he became first choice scrum half by the end of 2008/09 and was promoted to the First XV squad ahead of the 2009/10 season.

He was named the Wasps Supporters' Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season for the following season, having made such a huge impression throughout a tough year for the Club.

In the 2012/13 season, with Nic Berry retiring through injury, Joe's role became even more important. He made 26 appearances for the Club and reached 100 appearances for the Club against Northampton Saints. He scored 3 tries in the 2012/13 season.

In the 2013/14 season, Simpson continued his impressive form at scrum half, battling it out with Charlie Davies for the number nine shirt. He made 28 appearances, taking his total to 133 and scored six tries.

In the 2014/15 season, Simpson played his 150th game for the club in a clash with Bath at the Rec. For his outstanding performances Simpson was named in the BT Sport Team of the year and also scooped the award for the Aviva Premiership try of the season.

The 28-year-old put in a number of fine performances last season, but unfortunately picked up an injury in the Leinster game that saw him side-lined for two months. Simpson made his comeback at Sixways against Worcester in April and went on to have a strong finish to the season.

As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Simpson has had 58 European Cups appearances scoring 12 tries and 47 points.

In February 2019, he signed a deal with Gloucester Rugby for the 2019/20 season.

(LS February 6, 2019)


England Saxons
Scrum Half
2013 - present
image Gloucester Rugby
Scrum Half
2019 - present
england England
Scrum Half
2011 - 2014
ws Wasps
Scrum Half
2006 - 2019