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More to come from Wasps’ Christian Wade after Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards win

More to come from Wasps’ Christian Wade after Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards win

Christian Wade has fired off a warning to all of Wasps’ Aviva Premiership Rugby rivals after he collected the Trivento Try Scorer of the Season award – saying he’s only going to get better.

That may sound like a bold claim from a man who equalled a 20-year-old try-scoring record this term, dotting down 17 times during the 22-game regular season, but the way he is going you would not bet against the 26-year-old flyer smashing Dominic Chapman’s 1997/98 tally next season.

Wade collected his award at Wednesday’s glittering Aviva Premiership Awards ceremony at the London Lancaster Hotel, where teammate Jimmy Gopperth and director of rugby Dai Young were also honoured.

And the winger, who still harbours aspirations to add to his only England cap to date, is confident he has not yet hit his peak.

“It’s been a great season all round, and it’s great to see so many boys nominated for and winning awards,” he said.

“We’ve set and matched new records, and finished top of the table, so we’re happy with what we’ve achieved so far.

“As an athlete I just want to be as good as I can be every training session and then do as I can for Wasps – this year we’ve done well as a team and I’ve done well personally as well, so I’m very happy with that.

“Everyone can see that I’m still improving as a player. I can see it as well and I’m not going to stop getting better, as my work-rate is still sky high.

“I don’t set myself targets in terms of scoring the most amount of tries or anything like that, it’s more about training and saying ‘I want to improve my work-rate’, or communication, or kicking game, or defensive work – small things like that.

“I don’t look at records hoping to break them, those things just come about – although when I heard I was close, of course I was thinking about going for it.”

Wade now turns his attention to a crunch semi-final clash against Leicester Tigers this weekend, with over 30,000 people expected at the Ricoh Arena for the Midlands derby.

And having never claimed an Aviva Premiership Rugby title of his own, Wade is more determined than ever to go all the way.

He said: “We’ve still got a few more levels to go as a club. Our defence hasn’t been the best all year, as you can see from the points we’ve conceded.

“Everyone knows that we can score from all over the park, but when teams have stopped us from playing, those games have been very hard to win.

“But we’re a talented side, and we have a lot of heart as well which counts for a lot.

“We’ve been growing year-on-year, and if we can go all the way it will be massive for the club. I’ve won the Singha 7s title at the club, but I joined the year after we last won the Premiership and we’ve not done it since.

“Danny [Cipriani] was very young but in the first team then and remembers those days – I don’t have those memories, but we just want to create our own legacy here.

“So far we’ve done that and we think this year could be another step towards that as well.”

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