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Wade ready to seize chance

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 RBS 6 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 about going out there and expressing what I do for my club at this level. All of us here for a reason - to represent our country and put ourselves forward for the World Cup."

Sam Burgess made his representative debut for the Saxons at Irish Independent Park.

It was a night to forget for the former rugby league superstar, who looked every bit the eight-match union novice, but W ade believes it is only a matter of time before he begins to flourish in his new surroundings.

"Sam went well," Wade said. "He carried well over the gain line and in a short space of time he knows the game pretty well. He's only going to get better.

"He has got the skills to get over the gain line and he knows the game pretty well. If he gets more time on the ball he is going to tear teams apart. He did that in league and he can do that in union."


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