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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Wasps

All time
# painful exit
Ulster left to lick their wounds, but Stockdale knock won't keep him out of Six Nations
The 21-year-old international star was forced off in the first half in Coventry, but a dead leg won’t keep him sidelined for long.
# sting in the tail
Ulster left out in the cold as Wasps win all too comfortably in Coventry
Jacob Stockdale hobbled off injured as Ulster found themselves out-muscled and out-played in every department.
AS IT HAPPENED
Wasps vs Ulster, Champions Cup
Ulster made the trip to the Ricoh Arena aiming to book their place in this year’s Champions Cup quarter-finals against Wasps.
# Champions Cup
Must-win match with Wasps a chance for Ulster to prove a point to themselves
‘Make sure this is not another false dawn,’ was the forceful message from Rory Best after a sensational win over La Rochelle.
# on your 6
Henderson bumped to back row for Ulster's crucial clash with Wasps
Les KIss has made minimal changes to the team who defeated La Rochelle.
# Champions Cup
Cheekbone surgery sidelines Gilroy, but Herbst back for Ulster's trip to Wasps
The wing has undergone surgery to have a plate inserted after he was an early casualty in the hard-fought win over La Rochelle.
# consistency is key
'We've to make sure this is not another false dawn': Best urges Ulster to back up big performance
The Ireland captain had to wait a long time to taste victory for Ulster, and he’s intent on repeating the feat on Sunday.
# Perfect 10
Major coup for Wasps as three-year deal for All Black out-half is confirmed
Lima Sopoaga has announced he will leave New Zealand later in 2018 and sign for the Premiership side.
# Across the water
First loss in English Premiership since September for Exeter as Saracens close gap
Sarries took full advantage of Exeter’s loss to Newcastle.
# that's entertainment
La Rochelle and Wasps served up a 78-point thriller this afternoon
The win leaves the Top 14 leaders with 15 points in Pool 1, seven ahead of second-placed Ulster.
# David Breen
Working with Wasps rugby as a physio and playing with Limerick club as Munster winning hurler
Life in England hasn’t stopped David Breen lining out for Na Piarsaigh.
# In the dock
England trio Hartley, Hughes and Marler facing bans after European citings
Indiscipline at club level could cost Eddie Jones three players for the November internationals.
# swarming around
Bright clothes, shampoo and ice cream: Why wasps swarm around us at this time every year
“We do a good deal of work in attracting them to us,” Billy Flynn from the Irish Wildlife Trust said.
# oak galls
A doctor has had to come out and warn women not to put wasps' nests on their vaginas
WHY IS THIS EVEN A THING.
# Wasps
13 reasons why you shouldn't feel bad about the end of the good weather
No need to worry about that summer wardrobe anymore.
# Fergie Time
McFadden re-energised by young rivals after 'lost' days of injury and rehab
“When you’re with the same squad for a long period of time, things can become a tiny bit stale.”
# in his stride
'Refreshed' Toner unscathed by rare drop out of Ireland XV
The big lock was back at the Aviva as Leinster signalled bright days ahead.
# precision
Analysis: Nacewa's brilliant team try underlines the quality of Leinster's attack
Isa Nacewa’s first-half try highlights many of the positives in Leinster’s attacking play.
# unstung heroes
Adam Byrne hamstrung for Ospreys, as Kearney undergoes surgery again
The fullback has undergone an operation on his bicep.
# Drop
'Just put the ball down, it's the same points as a big dive'
Wasps coach Dai Young tried to deflect attention off his player, but there’s no getting away from the Springbok’s howler.
# jc
'I'm happy wherever': Carbery refuses to complicate a game played on instinct
The 21-year-old Athy man makes the game look very simple as he glides through defences.
# willie won't he
Wasps boss refuses to 'crucify' Willie le Roux for botched swan dive finish against Leinster
Dai Young felt the occasion got the better of the Premiership leaders.
# hunted
Cullen: Sexton still primary target despite distraction of 'brave' Carbery
The Leinster head coach highlighted the ‘grey area’ of tacklers arriving late on his out-half.
# next stop france
Carbery takes command as Leinster see off Wasps in European quarter-final
Leo Cullen’s men sealed a semi-final spot with tries from Nacewa, Conan, Henshaw and McFadden.
# Embarrassing
Watch: Willie Le Roux drops the ball as he dives over the try line against Leinster
The experienced back had a moment to forget at the Aviva Stadium this afternoon.
# knockout time
The numbers favour Wasps, but Leinster can reward Cullen's faith in youth
Buckle up, the Aviva Stadium is going to get wild this afternoon.
# precocious youths
Balance and sheer talent at the root of tight selection calls -- Cullen
The head coach has given a big vote of confidence to his in-form young back-line.
# Familiar faces
Former Leinster man included in star-studded Wasps backline for Aviva quarter-final
Jimmy Gopperth lines out at inside centre while prop Marty Moore will start the game among the replacements.
# First XV
Sexton and Carbery both start Leinster's Champions Cup clash with Wasps
Jack Conan has been able to shake off a calf issue to start alongside Sean O’Brien in the back row.
# once a blue...
Premiership 'like Leinster v Munster every single week' -- Gopperth
The former Leinster 10 spoke about the merits of the Premiership, shifting in to 12 and defensive adaptations.
# midfield general
Henshaw eager to 'exploit' Wasps defence as he prepares for quarter-final bow
The Athlone man is steadily forging a strong defensive relationship not only with Garry Ringrose, but also Jonathan Sexton.
# rhythm and blues
Lancaster maintaining phaseplay focus to help Leinster overcome Wasps
“You should try and play as much unstructured rugby in training as possible.”
# Champions Cup
Sexton fit for Wasps week, but Leinster will keep assessing Conan calf issue
Senior coach Stuart Lancaster says Zane Kirchner, Dave Kearney and Sean Cronin are all back fit in time for the European knock-out stage.
# Due South
Kurtley Beale will leave Wasps and head home in good time for the 2019 World Cup
Though not until well after he takes on Leinster in the Champions Cup.
# Injury news
Boost for Leinster and Ireland as Van der Flier is well ahead of schedule with shoulder recovery
The 23-year-old could return to action in time for the Six Nations clash against England on 18 March.
# all to play for
'Traditionally 20 gets you there' - Connacht have shot at quarter-final
Wasps head coach Dai Young was surprised Connacht were allowed to go to the corner at the death.
# officiating error
Connacht's victory over Wasps marred by late try that 'should not have been awarded'
The EPCR have confirmed that the result still stands.
# Composure
'It's an example of what Connacht people are about' - Lam hails Carty
The Connacht out-half nailed a last-gasp penalty to secure a win against Wasps.
# last gasp
Carty the hero as Connacht grab stunning late win over Wasps
The Connacht out-half won it with the last kick of the game.
AS IT HAPPENED
Connacht v Wasps, Champions Cup
Pat Lam’s side needed a big performance to get their campaign back on track.