Wasps winger Christian Wade confirms retirement from rugby union amid claims of his attempt to break into the NFL
- Christian Wade has announced his retirement from rugby union at just 27
- It is understood the winger is set to head to the States to try break into the NFL
- Wade leaves the Gallagher Premiership as the third all-time top try-scorer
Wasps winger Christian Wade has announced his retirement from rugby union amid reports that he is to try to make a move into the NFL.
The 27-year-old has been released from his contract on confidential terms, Wasps said in a club statement.
‘After playing nine years of professional sport for Wasps, I’ve decided to leave for personal reasons,’ said Wade, who won his only England cap in 2013 and is currently third on the Premiership’s all-time try scorer list with 82.
Wasps winger Christian Wade has announced his retirement from rugby union
Wade has made five appearances for his Coventry-based club this season – playing 80 minutes on each occasion, but without adding to his remarkable try tally.
His appearance against Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena on October 6 now appears to have been his farewell game in Wasps colours.
There are precedents, in terms of English rugby players trying to convert to American football.
Last season, Christian Scotland-Williamson left Worcester and is now with Pittsburgh Steelers.
Former England Sevens player Alex Gray captained the Atlanta Falcons during a pre-season match.
The 27-year-old is expected to head to the States in an attempt to break into the NFL
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