After Christian Wade’s decision to leave Wasps this week to pursue a career in the NFL, we look back at his stellar performances in the European Cup and Challenge Cup, as well as some of his best tries.
The flying wing helped the English club to three consecutive Challenge Cup quarter-finals in 2011, 2012 and 2013, before reaching a semi-final in 2014, when they were beaten 24-18 by Bath Rugby at Adams Park.
He racked up an impressive nine tries from just 11 Challenge Cup starts, including four in Wasps’ run to the quarter-finals in 2012.
His last four seasons in Europe were in the Champions Cup, in which he scored seven tries in 20 matches and reached a quarter-final in 2015, when Wasps were beaten 32-18 by eventual winners RC Toulon.
⚡ Farewell to one of the best in the business ⚡
— Heineken Champions Cup (@ChampionsCup) October 27, 2018
The 27-year-old helped Wasps top Champions Cup Pool 5 in the 2015-16 season, ahead of Toulon, Bath and Leinster Rugby.
Wasps went on to defeat Exeter Chiefs 25-24 in the quarter-finals before again falling to the eventual winners, this time Saracens, who came out on top 24-17.
Arguably his three best tries in the Champions Cup have come in recent seasons, the first being in the 2016-17 quarter-finals against Leinster Rugby, when his sensational chip-and-chase wasn’t enough to deny Leinster, who triumphed 32-17 at the Aviva Stadium.
Wade’s brace in Wasps’ 41-10 victory over Harlequins last season was just as memorable. The speedster showed all his raw pace to chase down a kick ahead to dot down in the early stages, before rounding off the win with a stunning intercept and sprint from inside his own half to the line.