But Leinster will travel across the Irish Sea with the benefit of 12 current Ireland internationals - Gordon Dâ00Arcy, Girvan Dempsey, Guy Easterby, Luke Fitzgerald, Keith Gleeson, Jamie Heaslip, Denis Hickie, Trevor Hogan, Shane Horgan, Bernard Jackman, Kieran Lewis and Malcolm Oâ00Kelly.
Argentinian star Felipe Contepomi, who has scored 63 points to date in this season's Heineken Cup, is set to skipper the province as they bid to qualify for the competition's semi-finals for the second successive year.
Cheika's 25-man squad also includes English-born prop Will Green, who won the Heineken Cup with Wasps in 2004.
Leinster's starting team and replacements will be confirmed tomorrow prior to their departure for London. In excess of 3,000 of the province's fans are expected to make the trip across to Adams Park for the quarter-final.
Commenting on the opposition, Cheika said: "Wasps are a very determined outfit who will try to strangle you in defence and attack with equal intensity. Theyâ00re very much led by (Raphael) Ibanez who is a real spearhead for them (in attack).
â00They have great experience in the competition and the Heineken Cup format is one that suits them because they know how to keep the ball and keep the ball away from you.
â00Shaun Edwards is a very smart football coach. Heâ00ll try to out-think us as well as out-play us, Iâ00ve no doubt.â0
LEINSTER SQUAD (v London Wasps) - Forwards (14): Fosi Palaâ00amo, Stanley Wright, Reggie Corrigan, Will Green, Bernard Jackman, Brian Blaney, Malcolm Oâ00Kelly, Trevor Hogan, Owen Finegan, Cameron Jowitt, Devin Toner, Keith Gleeson, Stephen Keogh, Jamie Heaslip.
Backs (11): Chris Whitaker, Guy Easterby, Christian Warner, Felipe Contepomi (capt), Kieran Lewis, Luke Fitzgerald, Rob Kearney, Gordon Dâ00Arcy, Shane Horgan, Denis Hickie, Girvan Dempsey.