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

Christian Wade, a former Wasps and England winger, says he's considering returning to rugby union after being released from the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

Wade was not selected for the Bills regular season roster. score a touchdown on his debut Pre-season in 2019

Wade stated that he was just looking for the next move.

He said, “Whether I pursue NFL or whether I consider rugby again – because after so many years away, I am beginning to get an appetite for it,” he stated to BBC Radio 4's Today program.

“Ultimately, what value am I interested in?” [rugby union] He said that teams could see the value I can bring to them now that I have been away for three years.

“It's fascinating to see where these teams place me now, if I were to join them.

“You can add my NFL experience, an elite part of the sport, to your teams now.”

Christian Wade scores a try for Wasps
Christian Wade (left), was with Wasps for nine years

Wasps released Wade To give him the chance to play in the NFL, the former-capped England winger was ranked third on the all time Premiership try-scoring record with 82 attempts when he left.

After Chris Ashton broke his all-time record last month, Wade has fallen to fourth. Wade said he'd like to challenge the 35-year old Leicester wide man for the record.

He stated, “There's been rivalry and stuff like this – Chris and me go back quite a while,”

“When I first joined the league, he was England number 1 – scoring tries and ‘Ash The Splash'. Then, I rose through the ranks to the top and were fighting for the number 14 shirt.

“I'm happy that he has been able achieve what he has achieved, but if he were to come back to Premiership there's no doubt to my mind that it won't be for very long.

“I think he understands that as well.

“We will have to wait and watch to see if I make a comeback to the Premiership in order to reclaim that title.”

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