Young praises "outstanding" Wade

Date published: January 5 2015

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young hailed the performance of wing Christian Wade as “outstanding”, saying he wouldn’t swap him for any other winger.

While he didn’t score a try, the pacey wide man was in superb form against Sale on Sunday as Wasps won 41-16 against their play-off rivals,

His form saw him claim the man-of-the-match award and boss Young praised Wade’s showing and backed him for a recall for the Six Nations.

“I thought he was outstanding, especially in the first half,” said Young.

“We all know what can do in space but even when space wasn’t there he showed some real physicality to break tackles and create opportunities.

“It’s not for me to say who should be in (the England team) but I wouldn’t swap him for any other winger. He’s a big part of taking us forward and whatever jersey he’s got on, he’s going to be a real threat to whoever he is playing against.

“He is by far one of the most exciting wingers with ball in hand. He’s as good a finisher as anyone else but sometimes I don’t think he gets as the credit he deserves for creating opportunities for other people.

“Certainly he’d be in any team I’d be involved in. If he gets the nod, he’ll do a job I’m sure.”

Despite being humbled to hear Young’s comments, Wade was quick to keep his focus on club duty at Wasps and hope that does enough to warrant a return to England duty.

“Hearing Dai’s comments, it’s really humbling for me,” said Wade.

“I just want to keep putting in performances and let the rest take care of itself.”