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Wasps braced for hostile reception at Top 14 heavyweights Lyon in Challenge Cup semi-final

The Wasps are bracing for ‘massive collisions’ and a ‘hostile reception’ when they take on 14 Top 14 heavyweights from Lyon in the Challenge Cup semi-final.

  • The Wasps will be underdogs when they take on Lyon in the Challenge Cup semi-final
  • Lee Blackett’s team have already won away from home in Biarritz and Edinburgh this season
  • Wasps coach unaware of possible return of Christian Wade to rugby

Wasps will face Lyon in the Challenge Cup semi-final on Saturday, knowing it is their only trophy hope this season.

Lee Blackett’s side will be underdogs but have already won away from home in Biarritz and Edinburgh this season.

“The nice thing about the win against Edinburgh was how we reacted to the crowd,” said Blackett.

Wasps already won away from home in Biarritz and Edinburgh in the Challenge Cup this season

Wasps already won away from home in Biarritz and Edinburgh in the Challenge Cup this season

‘The same thing happened with Biarritz. It definitely turns up a volume in France and can be really hostile.

‘Lyon is a massive collision team. If it’s individual moments, they have people who can really hurt you.

Blackett is unaware of Christian Wade’s possible return to the rugby union after revealing there has been no contact with the club’s acclaimed former flanker.

Lee Blackett's side will be underdogs when they take on Lyon in the Challenge Cup semi-final

Lee Blackett’s side will be underdogs when they take on Lyon in the Challenge Cup semi-final

Wade departed Ricoh Arena for the NFL in 2018, but the move didn’t pan out and the 30-year-old was released by the Buffalo Bills, fueling speculation about his next move.

As the fourth highest try scorer in Gallagher’s Premier League history, Wade would be welcome at any number of clubs and has hinted on social media that a change could be afoot.

However, Blackett has cast doubt on meeting a lightning-quick trying machine who spent six years at the Wasps from 2011 to 2017 before becoming disillusioned that he was consistently overlooked by England.

I love Wadey. He is a great character, he is a great finisher. But in terms of going back to the Wasps, or going back to rugby union, I haven’t heard anything,” the head coach said.

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