Wade Wings In

After returning from injury to take part in his first game last week, Christian Wade says that there is a new energy at the Club, fuelled by the competition for starting places.


After returning from injury to take part in his first game last week, Christian Wade says that there is a new energy at the Club, fuelled by the competition for starting places.

After suffering an ankle injury in November last year, Christian Wade has been forced to wait nine months before returning to the field, which he did last week when Wasps played a training game against Esher.

Despite missing the two pre-season fixtures against London Welsh and Connacht, Wade says that finally getting back out on the field last Wednesday was a huge reward for all the hard work put into his rehab.

“It was great to be involved in that game and get my first run out. I was disappointed to miss the two games against London Welsh and Connacht but it was great to finally play against Esher, especially getting used to the contact part of the game. That is something you can’t simulate while you’re out injured and I had a few late hits to say welcome back! It was great to be back out there with the boys, getting the feeling of playing rugby again and getting back that game sharpness.”

Watching the first two pre-season games from the sidelines, Wade says that the potential of this squad is something he is very excited about.

“It was great for us to get two wins in those games. There were a few errors but, when you consider that thirteen new players have joined the squad this year that is always going to happen. There were glimpses where we showed how much potential this team has and when that comes together fully the results could be phenomenal.

"There are top players all over the pitch and the depth we now have is a huge asset. There’s a huge buzz around the Club and we can’t wait to get started.”

After nine months on the sidelines, Wade’s focus is truer than ever and he says that he is looking forward to the challenge of nailing down a starting spot for his Club before searching out more international honours.

“It is all about getting back into the Wasps team now. We have a lot of competition in the squad and taking ownership of a starting position every week is going to be harder than ever.

"In terms of the wingers, a lot of the guys who weren’t fit and available last season are now back and raring to go. Add to that the likes of Sailosi Tagicakibau, Jonah Holmes and Tom Howe, who have joined the first team squad this year, and the competition for a starting spot is really fierce.

"There aren’t any automatic selections so that is what I have to focus on. In the back of my mind I have those international aspirations but for me it all starts here, playing well for Wasps.”