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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Wasps

All time
# hooker
Ex-France captain Ibañez to be les Bleus manager after World Cup
The 98-times capped hooker has been lined up by Bernard Laporte.
# Swapping Codes
Wade: 'It's making me emotional thinking about the risk I took and the magnitude of the move'
Now a member of the Buffalo Bills, Christian Wade believes his decision to trade rugby union for the NFL has been vindicated.
# transition
Former Wasps star Wade to pursue NFL dream with Buffalo Bills
Christian Wade has joined the Bills as part of the International Player Pathway Program.
# Rugby League
Wasps reveal Edwards talks amid confusion over Wales coach's future
Shaun Edwards had been expected to join Wigan Warriors as head coach for the 2020 Super League season.
# Depth
'You've got to feel for them when Conan doesn't play and they put O'Brien on'
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said Leinster’s depth makes them difficult to beat.
# Derby Day
Cullen's Leinster look towards 'tricky' Ulster side with many familiar faces
The Leinster head coach was pleased with a ‘controlled’ performance from his team in Coventry.
# powering on
Leinster set up European quarter-final against Ulster with powerful win at Wasps
Leo Cullen’s men notched a bonus point win to set up an intriguing knock-out in March.
AS IT HAPPENED
Wasps vs Leinster, Heineken Champions Cup
We went minute-by-minute as Leinster made the trip to Coventry to take on Wasps.
# Defence
'I really like the idea of my family having different experiences'
Former Munster assistant coach Ian Costello is enjoying his challenging task with Wasps.
# Team news
Henshaw, Toner and McGrath return to Leinster team for Wasps challenge
Sean O’Brien, meanwhile, makes the bench.
# Injury Update
Johnny Sexton ruled out of Wasps clash but 'not far off at all'
Devin Toner, Robbie Henshaw and Sean O’Brien are all back in full Leinster training this week.
# Bear Trap
Pat Lam's Bristol snatch England international Hughes from Wasps
‘We are striving to be a Champions Cup team and a player of Nathan’s quality can help us along our journey.’
# Premiership
England duo Vunipola and Launchbury to make long-awaited injury returns
Eddie Jones has been given a boost ahead of the Six Nations, with both players returning for their clubs this weekend.
# slow progress
Ex-Wasps star Wade struggling with NFL transition
‘You can either give up because it gets too hard or you can take a step back and just figure this out and keep pushing through.’
# Round-Up
Edinburgh outclass troubled Toulon, while Wasps and Bath play out thrilling draw
Wasps, without Christian Wade, battled back to draw.
# Suspension
England forward Hughes given six-week ban for punch
England will be without Nathan Hughes for three of their November internationals after he was banned for six weeks.
# Prolific
'I understand that I'm more expendable... you want to be selfless towards the team'
James Lowe says he has to accept the ‘non-European’ rule and work for his Leinster team-mates.
# Skills
'I don't think there's many front rowers who could do that in the world'
Tadhg Furlong’s involvement in the build-up to Luke McGrath’s second try for Leinster was impressive.
# j lowe
James Lowe, the fan favourite who is box office on and off the pitch
The Kiwi wing was in flying form during and after Leinster’s win over Wasps.
# Level Head
'We just need to be careful we're not getting too far ahead of ourselves'
Leinster boss Leo Cullen looked to ease the excitement at Leinster’s superb performance against Wasps.
# Strong start
Leinster light up the RDS and tear Wasps apart in stunning performance
Leo Cullen’s men began their Heineken Champions Cup defence with a brilliant eight-try win.
AS IT HAPPENED
Leinster v Wasps, Champions Cup
Leo Cullen’s side got their European title defence underway against Wasps at the RDS on Friday night.
# Open season
Leinster deploy both Leavy and JVDF as they open Champions Cup defence against Wasps
Leo Cullen’s had close to a full-strength squad to choose from for the RDS curtain-raiser.
# Stung
'What a joke': Wasps back row Hughes still suspended for Leinster trip as disciplinary panel delay decision
The independent committee opted to reconvene the hearing within a week due to an ‘issue that arose’.
# Upfront
Leinster's pack bringing 'a spike' after tough lessons from Munster maul
James Ryan and his team-mates have a point to prove against Wasps this weekend.
# bad memories
'It was a very bleak dressing room after... It was just so quiet'
Three seasons ago, Leinster were hammered twice by Wasps in Europe.
# Irish Abroad
Ex-Ireland U20 captain Annett gets first Premiership start since 2016
The former Ulster hooker has suffered greatly with injuries in the last year and a half.
# Irish Abroad
Irish centre Brendan Macken set to join Declan Kidney's London Irish
The former Leinster midfielder has spent the summer with Leicester Tigers.
# moore the merrier
'A lot changes in a couple of years': Marty Moore eager to impress in Ulster and get back in Ireland pecking order
Ulster’s new signing will enjoy a sooner-than-expected reunion with his old club Wasps this evening.
# standouts
Godwin shows he's a 'quality footballer' as Wexford man Boyle impresses
The 21-year-old back row was one of the best players in a big win over Wasps.
# on fire
Connacht hammer Wasps in encouraging pre-season rout in Athlone
Andy Friend’s men ran in seven tries in an impressive performance at Dubarry Park.
# Champions Cup
Champions Leinster to open European defence against Wasps, Munster begin with trip to Exeter
The schedule, dates, and kick-off times for the European pool stages are finally in.
# Horrified
Six-month ban for Johnson after consuming wife's fat-burning supplement
The ban has been backdated and the Wasps man will be free to play from the start of the upcoming season.
# Jack and the Boks
Young Wasps star ruled out for up to a year after receiving first England call-up
Jack Willis sustained significant multi-ligament knee damage during Saturday’s defeat to Saracens.
# Wasps stung
Record-breaking Farrell stars for Saracens in 90-point Premiership semi-final
Owen Farrell was successful with all 11 strikes from the tee as his side got the better of Wasps.
# Departure
Gloucester the landing spot for recalled England out-half Cipriani
Danny Cipriani has kept his hopes of playing in the World Cup in Japan next year alive by joining Gloucester.
# Exit
Irish centre Brendan Macken to leave Wasps at end of season
The 26-year-old has been with the Premiership club for three years.
# Retirement
Wasps flanker forced to retire aged 26 after judo injury while training with England
Sam Jones underwent a series of operations in an attempt to resume his playing career.
# Hask
James Haskell confirms he'll leave Wasps at the end of the season
The England international is considering his options as he prepares to leave the club for a second time.
# Champions Cup
Cold comfort for Ulster as they fall a long way short
Application was the only consolation Rory Best could put a finger on after a sound beating away to Wasps.