Wade excited by Saxons backs

Date published: June 2 2016

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England Saxons wing Christian Wade has revealed he cannot wait to pull on the national jersey when they tackle South Africa 'A' this June.

The Saxons, coached by Ali Hepher, play two Tests against the South Africans later this month and finisher Wade is eager to prove himself.

Injuries have hampered Wade's progress on the international circuit and he so far has only won one cap for his country which came in 2013.

And the wing revealed he's itching to make up for lost time when he heads to South Africa – a country he toured with England back in 2012.

"I am just happy to be on tour again, I've had a couple of injuries over the last few years that has stopped me from touring or playing any international rugby really," he told the England Rugby website.

"So for me getting the chance to tour was a delight, I'm excited to be here and can’t wait to get to South Africa.

"It's a chance for us to show what we can do and it's another challenge, after a very long season.

"It's a breath of fresh air to meet up with the boys and start to look forward to this new challenge, hopefully it can be a successful one as well.

"When you go from Premiership to European, you get a new spark in your step and it's the same thing here.

"Plus you are playing for your country, the season is done and in the past, so we are all really excited."

Wasps finisher Wade added that he cannot wait to see how the Saxons backline performs in the warm and dry conditions of South Africa.

"Danny Cipriani, Ollie Devoto, Mike Haley, these are all players that want to play running rugby and for a player like me and Roko and Alex Lewington that is perfect for us, running rugby is what we like," he said.

"South Africa are always physical and play hard-running rugby, obviously with the hard ground as well it will be a fairly quick game so we will need to be mentally prepared to take on that physical battle."

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