Christian Wade has promised to return to the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals with a bang as he aims to take back the try-scoring record that Sale Sharks’ flyer Paolo Odogwu broke last month.
England wing Wade has been named in Wasps’ 12-man squad as they look to clinch the Singha 7s trophy on home turf at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday.
This time 12 months ago Wade played like a man possessed in the Singha 7s group stages, racking up seven tries before the team agonisingly lost to Newport Gwent Dragons in the Grand Final at the Stoop.
The 25-year-old took that form into the 2015-16 Aviva Premiership Rugby season in which he racked up 12 scores including an incredible six-try performance against Worcester Warriors.
But Wade’s first mission for the new campaign will be to best Odogwu this Sunday after the teenager became the new Singha 7s record holder by crossing eight times for Sale Sharks in Group D.
And an excited Wade said: “I’m definitely going to go out there and try and reclaim my record.
“I am really looking forward to coming back and playing, the Ricoh is a great place to come and play. Last year we hosted Singha 7s for the pool stages, it was a great atmosphere and the boys did really well, we progressed to the Final.
“I love 7s, I’m just excited to be a part of it. I’m going to be able to play alongside some of the boys from last year and playing at the Ricoh is another great plus.”
Wade will first be unleashed against Harlequins in the quarter-finals, but he’s not the only Wasp to look out for this Sunday.
Last year’s skipper, Guy Thompson, has similarly joined up with the team while All Black Frank Halai, former Scotland centre Nick De Luca and first-team backs Josh Bassett and Brendan Macken are also in the mix.
And Wade insists he has unfinished business to settle at the Ricoh.
“Last year, we lost in the final narrowly to the Dragons so it was quite heartbreaking – this year we are trying to come back, go one better and win it,” he added.
“We’ve got a good squad. There are some really fast boys with some very good footwork – it’s going to be a tough finals, but we’ll use our experience and do our best.”
Eight teams will play for the first silverware of the season in the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series Finals from 2pm at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Sunday 7 August. For tickets visit wasps.co.uk/tickets