NFL team signs former British & Irish Lions winger 5 months ago

NFL team signs former British & Irish Lions winger

Former Wasps, England and Lions winger Christian Wade has signed for the Buffalo Bills after retiring from professional rugby last year.

Wade was allocated to the Bills as part of the NFL's International Player Pathway Program and has been slated as a potential running back on the field.

At the conclusion of NFL training camp in August, players will be eligible for an international player practice squad exemption with teams being given an exemption for an eleventh practice squad member – ineligible to be activated during the season.

Wade said he retired from rugby for personal reasons last year as he finished his career as the third highest try scorer in the history of the Premiership with 82 tries by the age of 27.

“After playing nine years of professional sport for Wasps, I’ve decided to leave for personal reasons,” said Wade last year, who won his only England cap against Argentina in 2013.

“I would like to thank Wasps chairman Derek Richardson and Dai (Young, director of rugby) for their support, consideration and understanding in what is the most difficult decision of my life.

“I have loved the sport since I was introduced to it at the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe.

“I would therefore like to thank everyone who has played a part in shaping my career.

“Rugby has privileged and honoured me with so many wonderful memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

“Finally, I want to thank my Wasps family: the club, my team-mates and especially the fans – you have always been superb to me. I wish everyone here all the very best for the future.”