FORMER BRITISH & IRISH LIONS BACK, TURNED NFL RUNNING BACK
Christian Wade is a former rugby player who played as a wing for the Wasps. In his early years, Wade attended Hamilton Primary School and Royal Grammar School where he represented England U16 A, England U18, and England U2 and also Wasps at the Middlesex Sevens as a schoolboy.
After finishing school, Wade studied Sports Science and Psychology at St Mary's University College in Twickenham while playing for the Wasps' academy side and then the senior team. As of 14 February 2017, he has 0.623 tries per game ratio for Wasps with 76 tries in 122 matches. For the England Saxons, Wade has 1.5 tries per game ratio, scoring 9 tries in 6 matches.
In 2011, Wade made his debut for the Wasps in Abu Dhabi against Harlequins in the 2010-2011 Season. He had a strong 2011/12 season, the season as the second highest try scorer in the Premiership with nine in 15 games and he was selected for England Rugby's tour in South Africa where he scored against the famous Barbarians and finished the England Tour as the top try scorer with 4 tries after scoring a hatrick.
At the end of the 2012/13 season, Wade was named both Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year after a good season for Wasps and tied his teammate Tom Varndell as the Premiership's joint leading try-scorer with 13. He also scored 5 tries in the 2012-13 European Challenge Cup. He then was rewarded for his form and was called up into the England senior squad and the British and Irish Lions squad. In the 2013-14 season, he made 10 appearances and scored five tries and had an 84% tackle success rate for wasps, making 542m in his 10 appearances.
The next season, he went on to score 12 more tries in 21 games and remained in the Saxons squad and was not called up to the Elite Playing Squad. In 2016, Wade equaled the Premiership record by scoring six tries in one match against Worcester.
In 2018 Wade left rugby to pursue a career in the NFL and was released by the Wasps five days later. On 8 April 2019 Wade was allocated as a running back to the Buffalo Bills as part of the NFL's International Player Pathway Programme.