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Watch: Kurtley Beale Moment Of Magic Unlocks Saracens Defence

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Kurtley Beale of Wasps during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Leicester Tigers at The Ricoh Arena on January 8, 2017 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Wasps and Saracens are facing off in the Premiership today with semi-final places in the bag. However, there is the minor issue of home advantage in the play-offs at stake. In a tight affair, Wasps centre Kurtley Beale made a break, bamboozling the onrushing Saracens defence to create an overlap. However, as the home side pressed, Christian Wade kicked ahead, but …

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“I’d Like To Think I Didn’t Mope” – Joe Launchbury Reveals More About His Lions Disappointment

England and Wasps lock Joe Launchbury was probably the most high profile and surprising omission from Warren Gatland’s British and Irish Lions squad when it was announced last month. The towering second row was one of the standout players of  England’s successful Six Nations campaign this spring and the assumption was that he would have been one of the first …

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Wasps dominate the RPA Players’ Player of the Year shortlist

The shortlist for the RPA Players’ Player of the Year has been announced and there is some serious quality on display.  Unsurprisingly, four of the five players who make up the list are from arguably the two best teams in the Aviva Premiership – Wasps and Saracens. Though saying that, it’s actually a bit of a surprise that no player from …

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England’s James Haskell Makes Brutally Honest Admission Regarding His Lions Omission

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: James Haskell looks on during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on March 14, 2017 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England flanker James Haskell has admitted that he didn’t deserve a place in Warren Gatland’s Lions squad. The Wasps player will instead be part of Eddie Jones’ England squad, along with Dylan Hartley, for this summer’s tour of Argentina while the Lions are in New Zealand, but speaking to the Times, Haskell is staying philosophical on the omission: “The Lions …

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Joe Launchbury’s Reaction To Missing The Lions Tour Sums Up The Man

HIGH WYCOMBE, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 14: Joe Launchbury of Wasps in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Northampton Saints at Adams Park on September 14, 2014 in High Wycombe, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The dust has settled on Warren Gatland’s Lions squad announcement last week, but there are still grievances amongst fans over the selection. Perhaps the most surprising exclusion from the squad was that of Joe Launchbury. The England international lock was, for many, the standout player of the Six Nations, but was deemed surplus to requirements. That left Wasps with just …

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Wasps Less Than Impressed With Joe Launchbury’s Omission From Lions Squad

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Joe Launchbury of England looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on March 11, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Today’s Lions squad announcement left many disappointed. While Warren Gatland and his coaching teams made some controversial decisions, perhaps the most divisive omission was that of Joe Launchbury. The towering lock has been one of the most solid performers in the position over the past number of years. Launchbury was one of the few positives from a catastrophic 2015 World …

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Wasps Looking To Sign Springbok Centre [Report]

English club Wasps are in talks with former Springboks centre Juan de Jongh, according to reports. Neil Fissler, journalist with the Sunday Express and The Rugby Paper, believes the Premiership table toppers are looking to line up the quick-footed, diminutive back from the Stormers. I understand that Wasps are in talks with Lions and former Springbok centre Juan de Jongh …

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Three-Man Shortlist Announced For England Player Of The Year

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Owen Farrell catches the ball during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on March 16, 2017 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The Rugby Players Association has confirmed a three-man list of nominees for the England Player of the Year award. The three nominees are Northampton’s Courtney Lawes, Wasps’ Joe Launchbury and Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell. The three were all involved England’s recent retention of the Six Nations, as well as contributing to the side’s record-equalling winning run, and all will have …

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Matching Aviva Premiership Teams To Their Super Rugby Equivalent

Premiership Super Rugby

After the conclusion of the thrilling Six Nations campaign, all attention has turned to the upcoming Lions tour of New Zealand. So, which Super Rugby sides can be most easily compared to an Aviva Premiership outfit? Australian Conference Brumbies/Wasps In the mid-2000s these teams were the greatest to ever grace their respective competitions, however a sudden spate of retirements resulted …

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Premiership Leaders Wasps Considering Establishing Rugby League Side

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: A Wasps shirt during the Wasps squad photocall for the 2016-2017 Aviva Premiership Rugby season on August 17, 2016 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

It may have been a dismal week for Wasps on the field, but off-field the Premiership leaders have been making some very interesting moves. During a weekend which saw Wasps downed 32-17 by Leinster in their European Champions Cup quarter-final in Dublin, Wasps chief executive David Armstrong was making headlines of a very different sort. As reported by the BBC, the …

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Watch: Willie Le Roux Makes An Absolute Hash Of Touching Down Easy Try Against Leinster

Willie Le Roux

Leinster and Wasps are facing off in the European Champions Cup quarter-final, in front of a packed Aviva Stadium. The hosts being heavy favourites, found themselves leading 8-0 during the second half. However, Wasps’ Willie Le Roux broke through and found himself on his own crossing the Leinster line. However, rather than simply touching down for the try, he decided …

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Ranking Europe’s Top 8 Sides Ahead Of The European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Finals

LYON, FRANCE - MAY 14: Saracens celebrate their victory during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between Racing 92 and Saracens at Stade de Lyon on May 14, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

After taking a mid-season hiatus, the European Rugby Champions Cup returns this weekend with a very intriguing quarter-final line-up. Perhaps the most hotly contested tie will be between Leinster and Wasps, two sides who are known for playing entertaining running rugby and top the tournament’s try-scoring charts with 28 and 31 touchdowns respectively. Indeed, Leinster’s total is made all the more impressive …

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Munster And Leinster Select Teams For Champions Cup Quarter Finals

After the disappointment of the 2016/17 season, in which no Irish side qualified for the knock-out phase of the Champions Cup, this campaign both Munster and Leinster have the opportunity to advance to the semi-final stage. Although they face tough competition in the form of Toulouse and Wasps respectively, both Irish sides have home advantage this weekend and will hold realistic expectations …

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Selecting A Pro12 Champions Cup Quarter Final Select XV To Take On Their Aviva Premiership And Top 14 Equivalents

Glasgow Warriors v Munster Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

After the conclusion of the Six Nations, rugby fans turn their attention to the European Rugby Champions Cup this weekend. However, unlike last season when Pro12 sides didn’t feature at the quarter-final stage, this weekend will see Munster, Leinster and the Glasgow Warriors strut their stuff in the final eight of the competition. Although the Scottish side would need to …

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Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth Outlines How The Lions Can Defeat The All Blacks

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - MARCH 28: An injured Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps looks on during a Wasps media session ahead of their European Champions Cup Quarter Final against Leinster Rugby at Broadstreet RFC on March 28, 2017 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth has explained how he believes is the best way for the Lions to defeat the All Blacks the summer. Warren Gatland’s collective will be the underdogs in the three-test series, going up against the number one-ranked side in the World Rugby rankings and who don’t exactly lose very often. Nonetheless, the 33-year-old, himself a New Zealand …

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