7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Holden has a long history with Wasps. He rejoined the club in February following the departure of Tony Hanks, but had previously spent four spent four years at the club between 2005 and 2009 in various roles including assistant coach and forwards coach. He will become head coach at Ricoh BlackRams based in Tokyo.
Ben Jacobs has been a first choice centre since he joined the club two seasons ago and will move to Kyuden Voltex.
Leon Holden said: 'I have enjoyed my time in recent months with Wasps again, despite some tough results, but the opportunity to go to Japan, where I have coached before, for a season was too good to turn down. It will allow me to that bit nearer home and with a young family; it will be a change of lifestyle that I believe we will enjoy. I will continue to help Wasps implement new structures for next seasons as well as contribute to the recruitment drive for next season in my remaining time here. Wasps will always have a place in my heart and I want to thank the fans in particular for welcoming me back this year.'
Ben Jacobs said: 'I have thoroughly enjoyed my two seasons at Wasps and having been in London for a number of years now, I am ready for a different challenge. I want to take this opportunity to say a big thanks to everyone at the club, the coaches, all the staff and the supporters, for everything they have done for me and I wish the club all the best in the future.'
Serge Betsen added: 'It was a big challenge for me and my family to move to England but I have really enjoyed my time at Wasps and I will be sad to leave. However I am excited about the next challenges the sport will bring me. Thanks to all at the club for making a French-man feel so welcome! Wasps is a club with an exciting future and I think with some of the young players coming through there is a lot for them to look forward to.'