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Varndell targets Europe showdown

22nd April 2014 09:31

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Joyous return: Tom Varndell

London Wasps winger Tom Varndell is excited by the prospect of this week's Challenge Cup semi-final against Bath.

The former England international returned from a long layoff for Wasps last weekend in The Stinger at Twickenham against Gloucester, scoring an interception try.

Now the fleet-footed wing is eyeing up a busy end to the season, with Wasps in the last four of Europe and chasing a spot in the Rugby Champions Cup.

"I can't wait for next week. It's a massive game for us...it's another stepping stone," said Varndell.

"Bath have been in fantastic form all season. Like Gloucester they like to chuck it around and play from anywhere. But they have got to come to us and we are on a bit of a high now.

"We will take confidence from the Gloucester game and tighten up a little bit.

"The arm feels good, it feels really good. I was happy with it, I took some contact on it and it felt good throughout the whole game.

"My lungs were burning, but it was good to get through the game with no pain.

"This is definitely the freshest I have ever felt, but that comes with being out injured - you get to work on things you wouldn't have time for if you were playing every week.

"I'm ready to push on now. I'm confident that I can finish this season on a high, go well in the Challenge Cup and hopefully clinch that seventh place in the league."

  • Euro Challenge Cup Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
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European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , October 23
London Welsh vs Bordeaux-Begles19:45
Friday , October 24
Brive vs Zebre18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Grenoble vs London Irish18:30
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Newcastle19:30
Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby19:45
Saturday , October 25
Bucuresti vs Stade Francais14:00
Rovigo vs Cardiff Blues14:00
Exeter vs Connacht15:00
Oyonnax vs Gloucester19:45
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FixtureDetails
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European Rugby Challenge Cup
Sunday , October 19
London Irish 70 - 14 RovigoLondon Irish vs Rovigo Report
Saturday , October 18
Cardiff Blues 37 - 14 Grenoble
Connacht 48 - 12 La Rochelle
Stade Francais 22 - 38 Newport Gwent D'gons
LOU Rugby 28 - 18 London WelshLOU Rugby vs London Welsh Report
Zebre 24 - 33 Oyonnax
Bayonne 30 - 24 Exeter
Friday , October 17
Newcastle 43 - 19 Bucuresti
Bordeaux-Begles 13 - 15 EdinburghBordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh Report
Thursday , October 16
Gloucester 55 - 0 BriveGloucester vs Brive Report
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Pool 1
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1London Irish15
2Cardiff Blues15
3Rovigo10
4Grenoble10
Pool 2
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
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1Connacht15
2Bayonne14
3Exeter11
4La Rochelle10
Pool 3
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
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1Newcastle Falcons15
2Dragons15
3Bucuresti10
4Stade Francais10
Pool 4
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1LOU Rugby15
2Edinburgh14
3Bordeaux-Begles11
4London Welsh10
Pool 5
European Rugby Challenge Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Gloucester15
2Oyonnax14
3Zebre10
4Brive10