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Wade keeps up proud Wasps heritage with the British and Irish Lions

When Christian Wade starts on the wing tomorrow for the British and Irish Lions, he will become the 14th player to be chosen for the Lions, while a London Wasps player.

Wade will play against the Brumbies

Wade will play against the Brumbies

Dallaglio played on three tours

Dallaglio played on three tours

Shaw and Flutey on the 2009 tour

Shaw and Flutey on the 2009 tour

Wade’s selection means that the Club has kept up its proud record of being represented on every Lions tour since 1983, when Nigel Melville became the first player from Wasps to pull on the famous red shirt.

One of the 14 players associated with the Lions from Wasps, Phil Greening, had the misfortune to suffer injury before the first match of the 2001 tour. He never played for the Lions, but his name is included in the official archive of former Lions.

Lawrence Dallaglio represented the Lions on three tours – a record for a Wasps player, while Rob Andrew did it twice in 1989 and 1993.

London Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young is the only player in history to have toured with the Lions in three different decades (1989, 1993, 2001).

A further 16 players have represented the Lions before or after playing for Wasps (full list below)

The 14 players who have represented the British and Irish Lions while Wasps players
Nigel Melville (1983), Rob Andrew (1989 and 1993), Chris Oti (1989), Lawrence Dallaglio (1997, 2001 and 2005 – his three tours is a record for a Wasps player), Rob Henderson (2001), Phil Greening (2001), Josh Lewsey (2005), Matt Dawson (2005), Simon Shaw (2005 and 2009), Riki Flutey (2009), Phil Vickery (2009), Joe Worsley (2009), Tim Payne (2009), Christian Wade (2013).

Of those fourteen, nine – Andrew, Dallaglio, Henderson, Lewsey, Dawson, Shaw, Flutey, Vickery and Worsley - appeared in Test matches.

Dawson (1997 and 2001), Shaw (1997) and Vickery (2001) had all been on previous Lions tours, before joining Wasps.

The 16 players who have represented the British and Irish Lions before or after playing for Wasps
Harry Bowcott (1930), Vivian Jenkins (1938), Bill Patterson (1959), Phil Horrocks-Taylor (1959), Richard Sharp (1962), Don Rutherford (1966), Roger Uttley (1974), Maurice Colclough (1980 and 1983), Mike Griffiths (1989), Damian Cronin (1993), Andy Reed (1993), Nick Popplewell (1993), Rob Howley (1997 and 2001), Steve Thompson (2005), Stephen Jones (2005 and 2009), Andy Powell (2009).

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