Home news European Champions Cup: Wasps v La Rochelle

European Champions Cup: Wasps v La Rochelle


European Champions CupVenue: Ricoh Arena Date: Sunday, 17 December Kick-off: 13:00 GMTCoverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport websiteEngland number eight Nathan Hughes returns as Wasps take on Top 14 leaders La Rochelle in the Champions Cup. Hughes suffered a bruised knee during the autumn internationals.Full-back Willie Le Roux has recovered from illness as Wasps look to bounce back from last week’s 49-29 thrashing in La Rochelle.

La Rochelle – who start with Ryan Lamb at fly-half – have a perfect record in Pool One, with Wasps third after a second defeat of the campaign. Insight and chat – subscribe to the Rugby Union Weekly podcast European Challenge Cup tables”We know we’re going to have to play top-quality rugby, and that we have to improve by 10%,” said Wasps director of rugby Dai Young. “We have worked hard on our analysis of last Sunday’s game, and now need to make sure we apply lessons learned.”We can take confidence from how well we handled their power. We were more than a match for them set-piece wise, and for large parts of the game our defence held solid. “They’ve got quality players who will create problems, but we’ve also shown that if we get reasonable possession we can take the game to them and score tries.”Wasps: Le Roux; Wade, De Jongh, Gopperth, Daly; Cipriani, Robson; McIntyre, Johnson, Moore, Launchbury, Gaskell, Haskell, Young, Hughes Replacements: Cruse, Harris, Cooper-Woolley, Myall, Carr, Simpson, Eastmond, Lovobalavu La Rochelle: Murimurivalu; Lacroix, Jordaan, Doumayrou, Ranger; Lamb, Bales; Priso, Forbes, Atonio, Sazy, Jolmes, Kieft, Amosa, GourdonReplacements: Bourgarit, Pelo, Boughanmi, Lamboley, Vito, Goillot, James, BoudehentFor the latest rugby union news follow @bbcrugbyunion on Twitter.
Source: Warwickshire