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Outstanding performances on the IRB World Sevens circuit have ushered in a highly promising 15-a-side career for Christian Wade, who won his first Test cap against Argentina at Salta on his second senior tour – to Argentina last June. A week later he was called up as injury cover by the British & Irish Lions in Australia. He was ruled out of the QBE Internationals by a hamstring injury and, in November, damaged ligaments in his left foot during London Wasps’ Aviva Premiership match against London Irish.
Two appearances in his first IRB tournament in Dubai in December 2009 preceded a stunning seven tries at George a week later, making him the joint top try-scorer in the event, alongside William Ryder, of Fiji.
Christian added two tries in Wellington and another three in Las Vegas and amassed 22 tries in seven tournaments in the 2009-10 series. He excelled for England U20, has scored 28 tries in 45 Premiership matches, including a hat-trick against Leicester Tigers in September 2011 and became a member of the London Wasps team squad in 2011-12. He scored 14 tries in 20 games in his first full season for the club. In May 2012, he signed a contract extension with Wasps that runs to the summer of 2015.
His CV also includes a try for England in the 57-26 win over the Barbarians at Twickenham in 2012 and a hat-trick in the subsequent tour match that brought a 54-26 victory over the South African Barbarians South at Kimberley.
Christian’s playing origins were as a 12-year-old at RGS High Wycombe after he had attended Hamilton Primary School there. He has studied Sport Science and Psychology at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham and has a representative background that features England 16 Group A and 18 Group as well as South West U16 and U18 and a loan spell with Championship side London Scottish.
His burgeoning sevens skills helped Samurai Baracudas to win the Bournemouth tournament and Samurai International to win the Manchester competition.
Mentors include Wasps Academy coaches Alun Powell and Rob Smith, together with England’s John Fletcher, Peter Walton, Alex Sanderson and Geoff Richards, alongside Mark Mapletoft, a former national U20 head coach.
Already, as well as his sevens exploits, Christian has played for England U18 in Argentina, South Africa and Italy and reckons that beating South Africa at Kimberley and scoring two second-half tries completed an awesome build-up to the match. His first Saxons game was against Ireland Wolfhounds in Galway in January last year.
Playing drums and bass, basketball and athletics and chilling with friends are his favourite ways to relax. Stade de France heads his list of grounds and players he admires include Shane Williams, Jason Robinson and guess who? William Ryder.
Last updated: January 15, 2014