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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Wasps

All time
# Champions Cup
International back three in place as injury-hit Connacht welcome Wasps
New signing Naulia Dawai is among the replacements after Pat Lam ran out of understudies for Jack Carty.
# last backs standing
'You need money, we don’t have money to do that': Connacht look within squad during injury crisis
Jack Carty is the last 10 standing in Connacht, with his younger brother Luke the next in line.
# Kicker
Big blow for Connacht as Springbok-capped Boshoff out until March
Pat Lam had hoped Boshoff would provide a strong place-kicking option at out-half.
# Optimism
'That's what makes these guys stronger, that's what Connacht's about'
Pat Lam was pleased his players delivered work rate after a difficult week out west.
# Sin bin
'I think there’s a big fine around the corner if I said what I really thought'
Wasps’ Dai Young wasn’t happy with Kurtley Beale’s yellow card but had praise for the defeated Connacht.
# pointless
Connacht 'deflated' with defeat to Wasps and must now worry over injury toll
Pat Lam rued his side’s failure to score after getting back to within three points in the second half.
# Error Strewn
Lam's Connacht left empty handed in frustrating defeat to Wasps
Pat Lam’s men were dire at the lineout and missed crucial chances from the tee.
AS IT HAPPENED
Wasps v Connacht, Champions Cup
Could Connacht continue their 100% start in Pool 2? We had minute-by-minute coverage of the action at the Ricoh Arena.
# built to last
Lam created a legacy for Connacht that will live long beyond his departure
‘Bad timing’ won’t be an issue for a very focused group of Connacht players.
# XV
Marmion and Dillane return to Connacht side ahead of trip to Wasps
Niyi Adeolokun is also back from international duty to take his place.
# Irish Abroad
Moore excited by Wasps' rugby but still has big Ireland ambitions
The 25-year-old tighthead is enjoying the high-tempo approach under Dai Young.
# Oh dear
Stung rapid: Wasps destroy Zebre in 82-14 drubbing
It was a day to forget for the Italian side.
# from way downtown
A little Danny Cipriani magic set up a glorious coast-to-coast try from Wasps
Ex-Leinster man Jimmy Gopperth finished off under the posts after Wasps found a very non-textbook way off their own five-metre line.
# serial winner
Cullen pays tribute to 'immense', 'brilliant athlete' Reddan ahead of final bow
‘When he came off the bench, you could feel the intensity going up,’ says Keith Earls.
# kurt hurt
Successful surgery puts Beale back on track to play for Wasps this year
It was initially feared that the Wallaby would be forced to sit out a year of rugby to recover.
# specialist
Scrum Doctor Bracken taking Connacht and Wasps lessons into coaching
A Heineken Cup-winning prop, Peter Bracken has developed a scrum-coaching business.
# Champions Cup
Saracens look unstoppable in European semi-final with a sideshow feel
Mark McCall’s men are going to Lyon where, hopefully, there will be a much bigger crowd to see them in action.
# Sent to Coventry
'That's a huge sum of money' - Wasps closing in on Kurtley Beale
Reports in Australia claim the Wallabies star is on the verge of signing a lucrative two-year deal.
# danny boy
Danny Cipriani's return home to Wasps has been officially confirmed
The 28-year-old first played for the club as a teenager.
# Follow the leader
Sexton to captain Leinster for first time as Cullen rings changes
There have been 11 switches made from the side that defeated Bath last weekend.
# marks out of 10
Nothing to play for, but pride in the jersey for Jonathan Sexton
And maybe a bit more form in the bank wouldn’t go amiss either.
# you're the best around
Rory Best 'the ideal candidate to take over' Irish captaincy, says Johnny Sexton
The out-half reckons it was an easy decision for Joe Schmidt.
# late great show
That's why they're champions... Toulon crash into 1/4 final places with last gasp win over Wasps
Ma’a Nonu combined to break Wasps resistance, and severely damage Ulster’s hope.
# Irish Abroad
Ex-Leinster centre Macken signs new deal with Premiership side Wasps
The 24-year-old joined Dai Young’s squad last summer.
# Hammering
Clermont take revenge on Exeter in Champions Cup
David Strettle, Alexandre Lapandry and Fritz Lee were among the try scorers.
# ford fiesta
George Ford was ice cold under pressure, nailing this game-winning touchline conversion
Mike Ford’s 22-year-old son ensured his club maintain their 100% record ahead of the return fixture next weekend.
# vestibular impairment
Sean O'Brien seeing a specialist today in the hope of clearing up inner ear issue
The Tullow Tank’s unusual injury has persisted and a poor prognosis could impact Joe Schmidt’s plans for the Six Nations.
# uphill battle
'Probably the worst day most of us have had in a Leinster jersey': Wasps defeat still stings Johnny Sexton
The out-half remains frustrated as he felt Leinster were in control of Sunday’s Pool 5 clash… until they weren’t.
# star signing
Charles Piutau gave Ulster fans an exciting glimpse of the future in Dublin
The All Black-capped fullback was sensational for Wasps as they beat Leinster.
# Dark Day
Sexton's struggles, quiet leaders and more talking points from Leinster's loss
Leinster were well beaten on an individual and collective basis at the RDS.
# badly stung
Leinster 'have a mountain to climb' after home walloping, admits Leo Cullen
Leinster head to Bath and Toulon in their next two European outings.
# Shambles
European disaster for Leinster as Cullen's men go down to Wasps at the RDS
The Irish province were shockingly poor against Dai Youngs’ energetic side.
AS IT HAPPENED
Leinster v Wasps, Champions Cup
We went minute-by-minute as Leo Cullen took Leinster in to the Champions Cup’s pool of death.
# ian for isa
Captain Isa Nacewa withdrawn from Leinster side to face Wasps, Madigan starts
The fullback jarred his knee on Tuesday.
# Team news
Nine changes for Leinster ahead of Cullen's Champions Cup bow
Eoin Reddan will start at scrum-half against his former club.
# new leaf
Cullen's demands mean no hiding places as SOB recognises Leinster's raised standards
Sean O’Brien believes Leinster’s training standards slipped under Matt O’Connor
# big ask
Champions Cup can be just the tonic for World Cup heartache says Shane Horgan
However, the former Leinster winger says his team will find this year’s competition difficult.
# Homegrown
'To line up alongside Gordon D'Arcy and Brian O'Driscoll was unbelievable'
Brendan Macken has settled into life at Wasps after leaving home province Leinster.
# Champions Cup
'It's not just white noise with Isa': Leinster adjusting to quietly effective new leaders
With a rookie head and backs coach, Leinster need every last leader to get off to a good start in the Pool of Death.
# all the way mike
'Wasps have Christian Wade, but we have Mike Ross': Leinster big guns ready for shoot-out
Leinster will see your 41 tries, Christian Wade, and raise you two Mike Ross specials.