Wasps scrum half Eoin Reddan is looking forward to downing Ireland international colleagues when his London Wasps team entertain Leinster in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.
Former Connacht and Munster player Reddan was part of Brian O’Driscoll’s squad which missed out on the Six Nations championship to France on points difference, but this weekend he will be trying to end O’Driscoll and Leinster’s Heineken hopes.
..Wasps have home advantage, though Reddan believes that is not such a great advantage against the Dubliners.
“We were watching their quarter-final win away in Toulouse last season and with 20 minutes to go when they were leading 26-21, they turned the ball over in their own 22, ran it and scored a try even though they were five points up,” Reddan remembered.
“Home advantage can make a difference against a lot of teams, but I think home against Leinster is not so much the case – they can play anywhere as they showed by beating Toulouse in Toulouse last year.”
Having played for Connacht and Munster, Reddan is used to a fierce rivalry with the Leinster team.
“When you are in Munster the rivalries are great, there is definitely a rivalry there with Leinster – particularly in the current era when everyone is gelling so well at international level,” he commented.
“You get to play against your mates and those are some of the most competitive games – they are the ones you want to win. It will be nice to play against a few of the lads and it will be intense.”