Wasps through to European quarter finals to take on defending champions.
Wasps are back in the big time, having made the quarter finals of Europe’s top competition for the first time since 2007.
The ultimate test in club rugby lies ahead of the men in black and gold as they head to the South of France on the first weekend in April (Date TBC) to take on the defending European Champions, Toulon.
Toulon are one of the most formidable sides in club rugby, overflowing with internationals, the most famous of whom last season was Jonny Wilkinson, who led Toulon to the title.
However, Wasps are relishing the challenge and will be boosted by their second half performance against Leinster and it is sure to be a European trip to savour for our supporters.
As soon as the Club has further information about when tickets will be available, we will let supporters know. We are also investigating possibilities of running an official supporters trip if there is enough demand.
Congratulations to James Haskell, Ashley Johnson and Joe Simpson, who have been named in BT Sports European team so far, and we know there are more Wasps players who could easily have made the cut after their performances in Europe to date.
Following Wasps progression into the European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Finals, Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “We are all over the moon to have reached the knock out stages and I am really proud of the players who made it happen through their second half fight-back against Leinster.
“We had a mountain to climb at half time, but the character and spirit they showed to score 14 unanswered points to get the all important draw, was just enough to squeeze through. It is just reward for their spirit and the belief they had in each other to produce that second half performance. It is the nature of this competition that one more point could have meant a home quarter final, but as it was, players and supporters were left with an anxious wait.
“We knew the door was still ajar, but qualification was out of our hands and we needed to rely on other results to go our way. Most attention was on Clermont versus Saracens, but I’m not sure many people would have predicted we would have gone through courtesy of Montpellier beating Toulouse, but happy days, were in.
“We now have the ultimate test in club rugby ahead of us, a knock out game against the defending champions, Toulon, in their own back yard. They are a side of galacticos and you always want to test yourself against the very best in the game. It doesn’t come any bigger or better than Toulon in the South of France for a place in the European Semi Finals.
“We, along with our loyal Wasps supporters are all incredibly excited. This is a significant milestone for the Club – our first quarter final in Europe’s top tier since 2007. It is a reflection of how far this young squad has come in the last couple of years and I am thrilled for them.
“It will be a fantastic European occasion that will live long in the memory for players and supporters alike. It is the kind of game you dream of playing in and supporters can make a weekend of it, supporting their team on the road.
“I would again like to thank all the Wasps supporters who cheered on the players at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. They played a huge part in that second half performance, by really getting behind the players when their backs were against the wall and we all really appreciated that support.”