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- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Quarter Final
- 5th Apr 2013
- KO 20:00
- Ground: Adams Park
- Att: 9,655
Amlin Challenge Cup preview: Wasps v Leinster
Leinster will look to secure further success in Europe when they take on Wasps in the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals on Friday night.
The Irish province will not get the chance to retain their Heineken Cup crown after failing to make the knockout stages of the competition.
However they are at least in the running to lift another trophy, provided they can come out on top in the knockout clash at Adams Park, which is live on Sky Sports 2 HD.
Leinster's bid for glory on their travels is boosted by the return of Gordon D'Arcy, who has recovered from illness to take his place in the starting XV.
D'Arcy is partnered in the centres by fellow Ireland international Fergus McFadden, while Dave Kearney will bring up a half-century of appearances after being selected on the wing.
Ireland duo Sean Cronin and Shane Jennings are both named amongst the replacements.
Wasps, meanwhile, have named Joe Launchbury at flanker. The England lock starts on the blindside in a back row that also includes Sam Jones and Ashley Johnson, meaning Billy Vunipola has to make do with a seat on the bench.
Marco Wentzel captains the side from the second row where he packs down alongside Tom Palmer.
Elliot Daly is named at full-back having this week committing his future to the Aviva Premiership club by signing a new long-term deal.
Wasps: 15 Elliott Daly, 14 Christian Wade, 13 Andrea Masi, 12 Chris Bell, 11 Tom Varndell, 10 Nicky Robinson, 9 Joe Simpson, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Sam Jones, 6 Joe Launchbury, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Phil Swainston, 2 T Rhys Thomas, 1 Zak Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 Tom Lindsay, 17 Tim Payne, 18 William Taylor, 19 Jonathan Poff, 20 Billy Vunipola, 21 Charlie Davies, 22 Stephen Jones, 23 Hugo Southwell.
Leinster: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Dave Kearney, 13 Fergus McFadden, 12 Gordon D'Arcy, 11 Isa Nacewa, 10 Ian Madigan, 9 Isaac Boss, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Kevin McLaughlin, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Leo Cullen, 3 Mike Ross, 2 Richardt Strauss, 1 Cian Healy.
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Jamie Hagan, 19 Quinn Roux, 20 Shane Jennings, 21 John Cooney, 22 Andrew Goodman, 23 Andrew Conway.
What they said...
London Wasps director of rugby Dai Young
"There's been a great buzz around the club this week and everyone's looking forward to testing ourselves against one of the best sides in European rugby.
"Leinster have been incredibly consistent over the last few years and this is a big challenge for our developing side but one everyone is up for."
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