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Monday 11 December 2017

Wade reminder for Lancaster

Christian Wade insists he will be ready to answer England's call should injury present the opportunity to reclaim his Test place.

Wade made a try-scoring appearance as a second-half replacement in the Saxons' 18-9 victory over Ireland Wolfhounds in Cork on Friday, darting over with seconds left to issue a timely reminder of his finishing ability to head coach Stuart Lancaster.

It was the Wasps wing's first outing in English colours since being capped on the 2013 tour to Argentina after a succession of injuries forced him down the pecking order.

The injury crisis that has swept through Red Rose ranks, undermining preparations for Friday's Six Nations opener against Wales, shows no sign of abating and, should Lancaster's wing options become depleted, Wade knows he will be in contention.

"It has been over a year since I have been in this environment and it was great to be called up by the Saxons and to get on as well," he said. "I'm just delighted to be here and back in the mix.

"When you see injuries you see how close you are to getting the call-up.

"Ultimately we have to prepared at all times because we never know what is going to happen and we have to be ready to go.

"For me, it is all about going out there and expressing what I do for my club at national level."

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