Christian Wade: NFL running back eyes rugby return after Buffalo Bills Cup


Former Wasps and England winger Christian Wade has said he is considering returning to rugby union after being released by the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

Wade failed to make the Bills’ regular season roster, although he did score a touchdown on his debut in pre-season in 2019.

“I’m just looking at what the next move will be for me,” Wade said.

“That I continue to pursue the NFL, that I watch rugby again – because I’m starting to develop an appetite for it after being away for so long,” he told BBC Radio’s Today program. 4.

“Ultimately, I’m intrigued by the value [rugby union] the teams see what I can bring them, now that I have had these three years of absence”, he added.

“It’s quite intriguing to see where these teams put me now if I were to join them.

“You add my experience in the NFL – an elite part of the sport – that’s something I can bring to teams now as well.”

Christian Wade (left) spent nine years with Wasps

wasps released Wade in order for him to continue his luck in the NFL – the once-crowned England winger was third on the Premiership’s all-time top scorer list with 82 tries when he left.

He fell to fourth after Chris Ashton broke the all-time mark last month, and Wade says he would like to try and take the 35-year-old Leicester wide man’s record away.

“There’s been a rivalry and stuff like that – me and Chris have been at it for a while now,” he said.

“When I came into the league he was England’s number one – scoring tries, ‘Ash the splash’, then eventually I came through the ranks and we were fighting for that number 14 shirt.

“I’m really happy that he was able to achieve what he achieved, but if I were to come back to the Premiership, there’s no doubt in my mind that he won’t hold that record for very long.

“I think he knows that too.

“We will have to wait and see if I make a return to the Premiership to reclaim this title.”


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