Wasps gearing up to host a hostility in the top 14 of Lyon’s best heavyweights in the Challenge Cup semi-finals

The Osy gear up for ‘mass collisions’ and ‘hostile reception’ as they face fourteen of Lyon’s best heavyweights in the Challenge Cup semi-finals

  • The Osy will be weaker as they face Lyon in the Challenge Cup semi-final
  • Lee Blackett’s team has already won this season against Biarritz and Edinburgh
  • The Wasps coach is unaware of Christian Wade’s possible return to rugby

The Wasps will face Lyon in the Challenge Cup Semi-Final on Saturday, knowing this is their only cutlery hope this season.

Lee Blackett’s players will be weaker, but this season they have already won away from Biarritz and Edinburgh.

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

Wasps have already won the Challenge Cup at Biarritz and Edinburgh this season

Wasps have already won the Challenge Cup at Biarritz and Edinburgh this season

– It was the same with Biarritz. It’s definitely growing in France and it can be really hostile.

“Lyon is a huge collision team. If it comes down to single moments, they have people who can really hurt you.

Blackett is unaware of Christian Wade’s possible return to rugby after it has been revealed that he has had no contact with the club’s acclaimed former wing.

Lee Blackett's side will be weaker as they face Lyon in the Challenge Cup semi-final

Lee Blackett’s side will be weaker as they face Lyon in the Challenge Cup semi-final

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

As the fourth highest goalscorer in Gallagher Premiership history, Wade would be welcomed at many clubs and hinted on social media that there could be a change.

Blackett, however, expressed doubts about the prospect of reconnecting with the lightning-fast machine that spent six years at Wasps from 2011 to 2017 before losing its illusions due to England’s consistent omission.

“I love Wadey. He’s a great character, he finishes great. But when it comes to going back to the Wasps or going back to the rugby union, I haven’t heard anything, ”said the head coach.

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