Wade buzzing to get his boots on
This week we caught up with Christian Wade as he looks forward to Wasps' pre-season and discusses England’s recent performances against the All Blacks
After suffering a foot injury in December when Wasps faced London Irish in the Aviva Premiership, Wade has been forced to watch his club and his country from the sidelines.
“I have been catching the England games over in New Zealand as much as I can,” he said. “From what I have seen and heard, the boys have been doing really well over there. It was great to see fellow winger, Anthony Watson, scoring a try on his debut for England against the Crusaders this week and it is also brilliant to see James Haskell back in an England jersey and playing so well in the first Test. I think he has definitely shown why he deserves to be back representing his country.”
“In the first game we had to put out the strongest team that was available to us and we ran New Zealand tight throughout the game. In the second game, the All Blacks made another late comeback, which highlights the need for us to up our conversion rate.”
“At this level you only get a small number of chances to put points on the board, so the ones that you do get, you have to take. It's something we will all be working on this season. If the All Blacks break the line, no matter where they are on the field, it's likely they will score and we need to get to the point where we are also that dangerous because we have the ability to blow teams away.”
Wade had a successful summer in 2013 with England and was subsequently called up to the Lions tour, so although missing out on representing England this year has been very disappointing for the 23-year-old, he is looking forward to getting stuck in with Wasps again.
“I am keeping my head down and just looking forward to getting back on the pitch for Wasps. Pre-season is right around the corner now and I am fully focused on getting back and being able to train with the rest of the squad.”
“On the other hand, I wish I could be out there to contribute to these big performances that England are putting in and I would love to be a part of the squad that are making our country proud. I would like to be testing myself against the best in the world, but I just have to focus on the positives and my excitement at being back for Wasps.”
It has been a busy few months of rehabilitation for Wade who has been working tirelessly to get back to his peak ahead of the 2014/15 season.
“I am fully fit now, so when pre-season starts I will be there with everyone and will be 100% involved. It was a long six months, missing out on the Six Nations and crucial games for Wasps as well, and now we have had some time off it will be close to eight months since I last played, so it will be amazing to be back and I just can’t wait for the season to start.”
Wasps have a lot to look forward to next season after qualifying for the European Rugby Champions Cup, as well as welcoming a host of big name signings to the Club to complement the existing pool of talented players. Wade highlights how much potential next season has.
“We now have the European Rugby Champions Cup to look forward to alongside the Aviva Premiership and a host of really exciting new boys joining the squad so it has the potential to be a thrilling season for supporters and season ticket holders alike!”
“We have strengthened our pack, so we will offer even more upfront next season and we have brought in some exciting backs too who will hopefully bring another spark to our backline. In terms of our new signings, I have played with James Gaskell and Rob Miller and I am looking forward to playing with those two again. I am also excited to see what Alapati Leiua can bring to the Club too. He has been in awesome form in the Southern Hemisphere and is tearing up down there.”
The 2014/15 season is not only huge for Wasps, but also for English Rugby, with the Rugby World Cup looming. Many players will be gunning for a place in the World Cup squad and Wade is no different.
“I have definitely got the World Cup in my mind as a goal, but it is one of those goals where, first and foremost, I have got to get my place cemented in the Wasps side. I haven’t played for six months, so I need to earn my place back and put in some good performances here for my Club. Hopefully, I can start the season well and then I will see where I go from there."
"There are Autumn Internationals and Six Nations to challenge for too, so there is plenty of rugby to be played before the World Cup comes around and I am taking it step by step. Either way, we are in for a treat next season and there really is no better time to get involved with rugby! All the boys are looking forward to the new season and seeing the supporters again after a summer break.”