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Wasps star declares himself fully fit after six months out
CHRISTIAN Wade has declared himself 'fully fit' and raring to go ahead of pre-season training at Wasps.
The 23-year-old missed the second half of the season with an ankle injury and has been a frustrated spectator during England's tour to New Zealand.
But he is back at full throttle now and champing at the bit to put on a Wasps jersey again.
He said: "I am fully fit now, so when pre-season starts I will be there with everyone and will be 100 per cent involved.
"It was a long six months, missing out on the Six Nations and crucial games for Wasps as well, and now we have had some time off it will be close to eight months since I last played, so it will be amazing to be back and I just can’t wait for the season to start.
“We now have the European Rugby Champions Cup to look forward to alongside the Aviva Premiership and a host of really exciting new boys joining the squad so it has the potential to be a thrilling season for supporters and season ticket holders alike.”
Wade has ground to make up.
He made his England debut last summer but then was whisked across the world to join up with the British and Irish Lions.
A hamstring injury then cost him a start against the All Blacks during the autumn internationals and he then missed the Six Nations and this summer's tour with his ankle injury.
With the World Cup not far away, Wade is eager to nail down his place in Stuart Lancaster's side.
He said: "I have definitely got the World Cup in my mind as a goal, but it is one of those goals where, first and foremost, I have got to get my place cemented in the Wasps side.
"I haven’t played for six months, so I need to earn my place back and put in some good performances here for my club. Hopefully, I can start the season well and then I will see where I go from there.
"There are Autumn Internationals and Six Nations to challenge for too, so there is plenty of rugby to be played before the World Cup comes around and I am taking it step by step."
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