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Varndell and Wade ready to take on the Premiership, and each other
WASPS’ joint top Premiership try scorers last season are out to prove that 2012/13 wasn’t a one off.
Christian Wade and Tom Varndell shared 26 league tries last to top the domestic charts.
But with a raft of changes at the club during the summer, including 16 new players and two new coaches, they believe they can go beyond that this time.
Varndell, who learned his trade at Chinnor before moving to Wasps via Leicester, said: “To have a season like last year is the dream We’re there to finish off the moves and pick up the tries, that’s out job, and if we can finish as joint top try-scorers again that would be amazing.
“Thirteen isn’t a bad total but we’d like to improve that.”
Wade, meanwhile, has had a busy summer touring the southern hemisphere with England and The British and Irish Lions.
He’s only been back training for three weeks and didn’t return to playing until he came off the bench in Wasps’ warm-up win over London Irish last weekend.
He said: “Bodies break down when you play every week without any rest, but after two or three weeks rest you’re ready to get back into it. Any longer and you probably start to lose a bit. I feel recharged and ready to go again. I’ve had a great experience this summer and it will improve me as a player, but it’s all about how apply myself this season.
“I’ll use last season as a benchmark and try and improve on top of that.”
The new Aviva Premiership season kicks off at Twickenham tomorrow with Wasps taking on Harlequins at 4.30pm.
Last season’s match was an eye-popping 82-point bonanza with the Wasps wingers scoring three tries between.
Wade got two of them, but Vardell pulled away during the season and was all set to celebrate being top scorer until his partner crossed twice on the final day of the season to draw level.
Varndell said: “We get on really well, but it’s competitive. We both want to be top try-scorer.
“It wasn’t really mentioned until we got to the end of the season when I thought, oh, I could be Premiership top try scorer.
“I was two ahead of him going into the last game and I thought happy days. But he got two right at the end.
“I couldn’t believe it. I thought, damn, I could have had this. But it was actually quite nice to be joint top try scorers.
“We’re both at the same club, we get on so well and if I was going to share it with anybody this is the man I’d want to share it with. But this year I don’t want to draw with him.”
Wasps take on Harlequins at Twickenham tomorrow, ko 4.30pm.
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