Wasps paired with Leinster in Amlin knock-outs

James Haskell

James Haskell

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WASPS have been handed just about the toughest draw possible in the quarter-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup.

The black and golds secured a home tie with their win in Wales on Thursday night, but the bar has just been raised with reigning Heineken Cup winners Leinster coming to Wycombe in April.

It's arguably the glamour tie of the round, with the two clubs having won six European trophies between them.

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young said: "Well, you could look at it and say it's not much reward for topping our Pool to then be given a draw against the Heineken Cup champions.

"But on the flip side what a hugely exciting prospect it will be playing them at home.

"I have no doubt all of our players and fans will be massively looking forward to it and it's a game which, if we can win it, would really put us on the map.

"They are obviously a hugely experienced and talented side which they have shown over the last few years in particular.

"But in knock-out rugby anything can happen and I know that our guys will be hugely up for this one at home in front of hopefully a big crowd.

"We are a squad who are developing and improving all the time and this will be a fantastic test for us."

For the winners, another home tie in the semi-final awaits against either Gloucester or Biarritz.

The full quarter-final draw is:

Gloucester v Biarritz

Wasps v Leinster

Bath v Stade Francais

Perpignan v Toulouse

 

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