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Wade given award at Twford Avenue

London Wasps flying winger Christian Wade was today presented with the Land Rover Discovery of the Month award.

The new award is given each month to the best Under-23 player in the Aviva Premiership, and with eight league tries already to his name, it’s little surprise that Wade is being recognised.

A superb try last time out against Gloucester Rugby kept him at second in the scoring charts this season, three behind teammate Tom Varndell

The 21-year-old was selected ahead of London Irish winger Marland Yarde and Bath Rugby’s Tom Heathcote for the award by a panel including World Cup winner Josh Lewsey.

And having worked with Wasps legend Lewsey as a youngster, Wade admitted it was an honour to get the recognition from his former mentor.

He said: “It’s awesome to have someone like Josh Lewsey on the panel, a player who’s been at the club before and achieved so much in his career, to give me the thumbs up as well as some great comments in the report. It’s even more humbling for me.

“A few seasons ago when Josh came back to help Wasps out he was one of my mentors having played in the same position as me. We did a few one-to-ones in training and a bit of video analysis.

“The award came as quite a surprise actually. I wasn’t expecting anything like it. I’m really happy obviously to have won the award and it’s great to be recognised as a player doing well in the Premiership. It’s kept me humble and I want to keep progressing and see where I can get to by the end of the season."

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