Christian Wade appears destined for a noticeable change in his career in American football after he emerged from leaving Waspe to pursue a future in the NFL on Thursday evening / last night.
The 27-year-old has 82 Premiership attempts for his name, placing him third on the all-time list, but is referred to as the last rugby union player to attempt to make the switch to the NFL. Alex Gray, who in 2011 led Wade to the under 20 levels of the Junior World Cup, made the transition to Atlanta Falcons, while Christian Scotland-Williamson did the same, from Worcester Warriors to Pittsburgh Steelers.
Wade's move, however, is a bolt from the blue and is now the player with the highest profile attempting to make the transition. He has an English cap to his name, won in 2013 against Argentina, and has continued to participate in the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia towards the end of the summer, but despite his prolific record, Wade was not able to convince Eddie Jones of his talents and was recently connected to a profitable move in France.
His flex of foot distinguishes him and seems to be suitable for American football, but it is a big gamble and one that leaves the wasps without their most powerful finisher. However, it could be offset by the arrival of the All Black Malakai Fekitoa center, which is currently in Toulon, but is linked to a passage to Wasps. Fekitoa represented for the last time New Zealand in June 2017, against the Lions, and is a former team mate of the Highlanders of the wasp fly Lima Sopoaga.