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Dai Young excited by Wasps’ challenging Champions Cup pool draw

Dai Young excited by Wasps’ challenging Champions Cup pool draw

European campaigns don’t start much trickier than a pool stage match-up against the reigning champions but it’s a challenge that excites Wasps director of rugby Dai Young.

Wasps were drawn against PRO14 and Champions Cup winners Leinster on Wednesday and will line-up in Pool 1 of next season’s competition.

Young’s men will also face Gallagher Premiership Rugby rivals Bath Rugby and former European champions Toulouse during the 2018/19 campaign.

“It’s a very difficult draw, but that’s what you expect when you’re playing against the best 19 other teams in Europe,” said Young.

“It’s exciting to be drawn with the defending champions and Toulouse who have also won the competition several times – they will be great match-ups.

“We’ve also had some really good games with Bath in recent seasons, including a double-header in Europe three seasons back when we won at the Rec after they beat us at the Ricoh.”

Wasps came second to La Rochelle in Pool 1 last season while Bath Rugby failed to progress from a group that contained Scarlets and Toulon.

Leinster went on to lift the trophy in Bilbao after a 15-12 win over Racing 92 and will be looking to retain their title at Newcastle’s St James’ Park in 2019.

Dai Young is hoping for better luck to help his side progress in their new campaign but is confident the legions of Wasps fans will enjoy the pool stage regardless.

“They will all be tough games,” he added. “We’ll have to be at our best to get through, but hopefully we’ll have a bit of luck this year and get to play these games when we’re not carrying lots of injuries.

“Toulouse, Dublin and Bath are also all really nice places for our supporters to go, so I’m sure they’ll enjoy the draw.

“They are big clubs with great history and tradition and big followings, so they will be great occasions for sure.”

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