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Hanks focused on Glasgow clash

Wasps head for a Heineken Cup appointment in Scotland on Sunday - and they are determined not to be distracted by looming French giants Toulouse.

Pool Six in this season's blue riband European tournament is likely to be decided by next Sunday's showdown between Wasps and Toulouse in Wycombe. But Wasps' hopes of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007 could disappear if they do not beat Glasgow at Firhill this weekend.

Wasps rugby director Tony Hanks said: "What we have achieved so far is to keep ourselves in contention, but we accept we will have to be at our best to get through this weekend and beat a very good Glasgow side. We know we will be up against a very physical, tough and proud team."

If they are stung by the Warriors, then Wasps' only realistic last-eight chance is set to be as one of two best group runners-up, although that would hinge on them beating Toulouse.

"Looking back at the earlier matches, the opener against Toulouse (Wasps lost 18-16) has to go down as one that got away," added Hanks.

"We were able to put them under pressure and we managed the conditions really well. To have gone as close as we did against a full-strength and very talented Toulouse team was disappointing. But that has gone and is in the past, and we are most certainly not looking beyond this Sunday - that would be totally disrespectful to Glasgow."

Hanks makes five changes from the side beaten by Aviva Premiership rivals Harlequins last weekend, restoring David Lemi, Dave Walder, Joe Simpson, Simon Shaw and Joe Worsley to starting duty.


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