Cipriani arrival excites Wade

Date published: February 18 2016

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Wasps wing Christian Wade has revealed he cannot wait for Danny Cipriani to arrive at the club as he looks forward to playing alongside him.

Wade, 24, was at the Premiership side the season before Cipriani moved to the Rebels in Australia and was impressed by the young pivot.

He's since played with the fly-half for England in their clash with the Barbarians in 2015 and admits Cipriani's return to Wasps excites him.

"I never had the opportunity to play with Danny in club rugby," Wade told coventrytelegraph.net.

"When I first joined Wasps as an 18-year-old, Danny was in his last year here before going to Australia.

"I didn't get to play with him as I was in the Academy, but we did train together a fair amount.

"When I was in school he was just coming back from his bad ankle injury, and I watched him a lot when I first got here, and aspired to play with him one day.

"So it was really good to finally get the chance to play alongside him last summer, and him coming back to Wasps now is an exciting thing for me.

"The only time we did play together, for England against the Barbarians last summer, was fantastic. The team put quite a lot of points on the board, and personally I managed to score a hat-trick.

"Danny got the man-of-the-match award, and we seemed to blend well together."

Some pundits have questioned how Wasps will manage having three fly-halves in Cipriani, Jimmy Gopperth and Ruaridh Jackson next season, but Wade believes competition for places has helped the club rise up the European game.

"We've got some exciting players already, like Elliot who's in the England squad, and real strength in depth in most positions," he added.

"Having strong players in every position really helps the team, because everyone is pushed harder, and by making it really competitive, it brings the best out of us all."

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