Get to know Wasps’ 2019/20 European Challenge Cup opponents

Date: 19 Jun 2019


Wasps have been drawn against Edinburgh Rugby, Bordeaux-Begles and Agen ahead of the 2019/20 European Challenge Cup.

Below is a brief guide on each team, some star players, previous meetings and reasons to support us on the road!

Don’t forget – all of Wasps’ home European Challenge Cup fixtures are included in a 2019/20 Season Membership which is available by clicking here or calling 02476 786411.

European Challenge Cup fixture dates will be announced later this summer.

Edinburgh Rugby

  • European Challenge Cup runners-up in 2015
  • Finished fifth last season in Conference B of the Pro 14
  • Won five and lost one of their games in the 2018/19 Heineken Champions Cup to finish top of a pool including Montpellier, Toulon and Newcastle
  • Went out of the Champions Cup in quarter-finals to Munster

Bordeaux-Begles

  • Won the Pro D2 promotion play-offs in 2010/11
  • Last season Bordeaux finished tenth in the Top 14
  • Last season Bordeaux were in a Challenge Cup pool with Sale Sharks, Connacht and Perpignan – winning two, losing three and drawing one of their games to finish third in the group
  • In 2016/17 Bordeaux were involved in a brutal Champions Cup pool stage tussle with Exeter Chiefs, Clermont Auvergne and Ulster Rugby, showing their European pedigree by beating Exeter away from home and Ulster home and away

Agen

  • Agen were French champions in 1930, 1945, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1976, 1982, 1988
  • Last season Agen finished 12th in the Top 14
  • Agen were in a 2018/19 Challenge Cup pool with Harlequins, Bennetton Treviso and Grenoble - winning two and losing four of their games to finish bottom of the group

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

Wasps v Edinburgh Rugby

Wasps have played Edinburgh four times in the Heineken Cup after meetings in 2005/06 and 2008/09.

The first meeting in the 2005/06 season saw the Scottish outfit edge Wasps 32-31 at Murrayfield courtesy of a last-minute try from Simon Webster despite scores from Johnny O’Connor, Josh Lewsey and Paul Sackey for the Black and Golds.

However, in Round 6 Wasps had revenge with a thumping 53-17 win after scores from Tom Voyce (2), Alistair Mackenzie, Alex King, Mark van Gisbergen and Simon Shaw along with a penalty try.

In 2008/09, Wasps completed the double over Edinburgh after a 25-16 win at Murrayfield which included 20 points from the boot of Danny Cipriani and a late Tom Rees try, and a 19-11 triumph at Adams Park where Dave Walder scored our only try and racking up all 19 points on the day.

Wasps v Bordeaux-Begles

Wasps have also met Bordeaux four times in the past, winning on all four occasions.

In the 2002/03 Parker Pen Challenge Cup, the sides had December back-to-back games, with Wasps winning 43-6 at Adams Park before a 29-23 success away from home – on the way to claiming the trophy that season.

First up, Craig Dowd, Lawrence Dallaglio, Simon Shaw, Mark van Gisbergen and Stuart Abbott all got over the line along with a penalty try, before a spectacular Ayoola Erinle try followed by scores for Trevor Leota and Paul Volley set the Black and Golds up for the win in the return leg.

The next two clashes were in the 2011/12 Challenge Cup where a 47-14 away win in Round 1 included a hat-trick for Christian Wade alongside scores from Dom Waldouck, Nic Berry and Tom Varndell.

Back at Adams Park, our newly-appointed Transition Coach Matt Everard was on the scoresheet, along with Elliot Daly, Tom Lindsay and a penalty try to secure a 36-13 win.

Wasps v Agen

When Wasps play Agen, it will be the first competitive fixture between the sides.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Edinburgh

Viliame Mata – ‘Billy’ Mata is a Fijian international back-row that helped his country win their first Olympic Gold Medal in the Sevens in 2016.

John Barclay – The 71-times capped Scottish international back-row previously played at Glasgow Warriors and Scarlets before joining Edinburgh last season.

Stuart McInally – Scotland hooker McInally is Edinburgh’s club captain. He used to be a back-row before switching to the front-row. 

Bordeaux-Begles

Semi Radradra – Radrada is a Fiji international winger who has appeared for the Barbarians. He is a former Australian Rugby League international.  

Santiago Cordero – The former Exeter Chiefs winger, who was named Gallagher Premiership Player of the Month for March last season, is a new recruit at Bordeaux. He has over 30 international caps for Argentina to his name.

Jefferson Poirot – Poirot is a French international prop who has appeared 26 times for the international side.

Elsewhere, former Wasp Joe Worsley was coaching at the Top 14 side last season, along with former England international Luke Narraway.  

Agen

Benito Masilevu – The Fijian international winger has a lethal sidestep and used to be on the books at Brive.

Pierce Phillips – A recognisable face for those that follow the Gallagher Premiership, 6ft 6in lock Phillips is a new signing for Agen, after joining from Worcester Warriors.

Sam Vaka – Vaka is a New Zealand Sevens international who formerly played for the Chiefs in Super Rugby.

FUN FACTS

Edinburgh

  • Population estimated around 500,000
  • Edinburgh has 112 parks and more trees per head of population than any other city in the UK
  • JK Rowling wrote some of her Harry Potter books in an Edinburgh café (The Elephant) and took inspiration from the landscape for her characters and locations
  • Margaret’s Chapel, located within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, is the oldest building in Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh has more listed buildings than anywhere in the world


Bordeaux

  • Population estimated to be around 250,000
  • It is one of the leading French producers of wine
  • It has the biggest shopping centre in Europe called the Rue Saint Catherine
  • The historical part of the city is a UNESCO world heritage site
  • The most popular landmark for tourists is the Place de la Bourse, which was built for the French ruler Louis XV 


Agen

  • Population estimated to be around 34,000
  • Lies on the river Garonne, 84 miles southeast of Bordeaux
  • The old centre of the town contains a number of medieval buildings
  • The 12th century Agen Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Caprasius, is one of the few large churches in France with a double nave
  • Agen is the prune capital of France and Europe!

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