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Tuesday 7 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Wasps

All time
# buzzing
Wasps could play with an Irish centre pairing next season after confirming 4 new signings
Dai Young has recruited two Dubliners with a 10-year age gap.
# Ouch
Seremaia Bai will think twice before using headbutts to clear out a ruck again
The Leicester centre was red-carded today against Wasps.
# wading in
Andy Goode hung his Wasps team-mate all the way out to dry for bailing on a charity event
They won’t be team-mates for long, but still.
Wasps have signed an Ireland international centre on loan
33-year-old James Downey has been struggling for first-team games at Glasgow this season.
# Dangerous
Ashley Johnson has been cited for this challenge on Leinster's Dave Kearney
The Leinster wing’s involvement in the Six Nations is in doubt due to a shoulder injury.
# Transfer
Wasps have confirmed the signing of an explosive All Blacks wing
Jimmy Gopperth will have some incredible firepower in his backline next season.
# Lukey Fitz
Fitzgerald in outstanding form with Six Nations fast approaching
Leinster’s outside centre put in a superb defensive display against Wasps.
# Confidence
Madigan: 'There have been times when I've thought I'm better than I actually was'
The Leinster man sat down with The42 to talk about his work with sports psychologist Enda McNulty.
# Preview
'It's what European rugby's all about': Heaslip relishing intensity of pool decider with Wasps
Jamie Heaslip speaks briefly about his shoulder (and breakfast plans) before today’s crunch tie.
# all coming together
Pressure? Leinster comfortable in control of their own Champions Cup destiny
Leinster can simplify their passage to the knockout stages and that has Matt O’Connor seeming remarkably chilled out.
# gratitude
They saved me from retirement: Reddan reels back the years ahead of Wasps clash
The 34-year-old admits he feels ‘indebted’ to the Premiership club, with whom he won a Heineken Cup and Premiership.
# take the power back
Healy and O'Brien could make injury return for Wolfhounds, but won't face Wasps
However, Leinster say they hope to have them in harness when the Dragons visit in mid February.
# getting close
Leinster remain hopeful of Healy or O'Brien involvement against Wasps
Captain Jamie Heaslip is suffering no ill effects after a ‘bit of a bang’ on the shoulder against Castres.
# Gopps
'I've had a great time at Leinster' - Gopperth move to Wasps confirmed
The New Zealand native will replace Andy Goode at the Premiership club.
# 10-try thriller
Wasps sting Castres for 7 tries as they pull within a point of Leinster in Pool 2
The Coventry-bound club had the bonus point wrapped up after 40 minutes.
# big issues
5 talking points after Leinster beat Wasps at the RDS
Heaslip’s work rate, Fanning’s tries, individual errors, the back row and inconsistency.
# convert
Snapshot: 'Outstanding athlete' Ben Te'o had his first Leinster training session today
Welcome to rugby union, pal!
# big issues
5 pressing questions for Leinster heading into the Champions Cup
First-choice 10, ball carriers, Conor O’Shea’s exciting ‘Quins, Luke Fitzgerald and Castres’ interest levels.
# On the Move
Wasps 'fulfil ambition' with move to Coventry
So they’re definitely not from London any more.
# nightmare fuel
Thousands of wasps take over bedroom after owner leaves window open
*closes all windows*
# rugbyman
Ex-Munster out-half Hickey a Master of the professional game
The 32-year-old is now in his third season in France, where he has continued to study alongside rugby.
# Europe
Wasps complete the 20-club line up for the first Rugby Champions Cup
The Premiership side were deserved winners against Stade Français in a two-legged play-off tie.
# Hero
Former Munster scrum-half Stringer helps Bath into Amlin Challenge Cup final
The 36-year-old scrum-half has another European final to prepare for as his side deservedly beat Wasps.
# gunslinger
Former Munster scrum-half Peter Stringer targets European glory with Bath
The Irish scrum-half and Harlequins director of rugby are hoping to get to next month’s final at the Cardiff Arms Park.
# Marching orders
Tomas O'Leary sent off for stamping a Wasp as London Irish cling on
The former Munster scrum-half was sent to an early bath for ‘use of the boot’ on James Haskell.
# Banned
Fan gets season-long ban for throwing beer on player
A Gloucester fan won’t be able to watch his team again after emptying his drink on Wasps’ Elliot Daly.
# Opinion
How to win the Heineken Cup: a smart fly-half is a good place to start
Many other factors come into the equation, but a quick-thinking No 10 is vital to emerging victorious against Europe’s elite.
# community info
The Garda Traffic Twitter account has some competition
Garda Community Info is moving in on their turf with a super gag.
# bug off
8 creatures who are making your life hell at the moment
Not everything the warm weather brings with it is welcome.
# the outsider
Reports in Wales linking Shaun Edwards to Ireland head coach job
The Englishman has won 11 trophies in 12 years with Wasps and Wales.
# Homeward Bound
Reaction: Leinster win Wasps shoot-out to set up Biarritz brawl
Joe Schmidt could only laugh at the end of his quarter-final victory at Adams Park.
Wasps v Leinster, Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-final
We went minute-by-minute, try-by-try as Leinster set off on the road to a home European final.
# Triple Threat
Shane Byrne: Curse of the 13 jersey may lead to Wasps sting for Leinster
The former Leinster and Ireland hooker believes Ulster have the best chance of the three Irish sides this weekend.
# Challenge Cup
Challenge Cup: 3 key battles Leinster must win against Wasps
The visitors are favourites to win on a big night in Adams Park.
# Injury Update
Amlin Challenge Cup: Sexton has 'outside chance' of facing Wasps
Meanwhile, Connacht have snapped up Lansdowne number 10 Craig Ronaldson on a one-year contract.
# rock hard
4 of the finest rugby moments from the retiring Johnny 'Concrete' O'Connor
The Connacht flanker announced he is to step away from the professional game today.
# ennui
Amlin Cup: Leinster get Friday night clash but Toulouse couldn't care less
French coach Guy Novès remarked that he was not aware his side were still involved in European action.
# Wave Goodbye
Confirmed: Defending champions Leinster out at pool stage, Saracens claim win
The reigning champions are officially out.
# union rules
Party pieces: A bluffer's guide to rugby in 2012
All you need to know if talk turns ‘rugger’ over the holiday season.