English winger Christian Wade, who previously played in the NFL, the North American Football League, has signed up with Racing 92 « as an additional player » until the end of the season, announced the Ile-de-France club in the Top 14 on Monday. The player arrives as a medical joker to replace the Welsh Regan Grace, former treiziste, victim of a ruptured Achilles tendon and absent at least until the end of the year.
Wade, 31, England international (1 cap against Argentina in 2013), played for Wasps between 2011 and 2018, before going to try his luck in the last four years in the NFL, training in particular with the Buffaloes Bills between 2019 and 2021. « After four years in the NFL, where I made a lot of friends, where I progressed, gained experience and a level of expertise that I think I can bring to a new team , here I am officially back in rugby, ”he said during a videoconference. « I had mentally prepared myself to never play rugby again if it hadn’t ‘matched’ with Racing, » he said again, « so thank God for allowing this great opportunity to happen. ‘offer to me’.
All smiles, the Englishman explained that by signing in the Hauts-de-Seine formation, he wanted to « test himself in a high-level club, get out of (his) comfort zone and (to) rub shoulders with an environment different from England. “Racing ticked all these boxes,” he concluded, adding that he had also been contacted by American, Japanese and English clubs. After two days of the championship, Racing 92 is in eighth place in the standings, with 4 points. It will host Saturday (5:00 p.m.) Lyon (5th, 5 pts) during the 3rd day.