England hopeful Wade among best finishers - Mullan


Matt Mullan believes Christian Wade has proved he is up there with the best finishers in the Premiership after the clinical Wasps wing's record-equalling exploits at the weekend enhanced his chances of earning an England recall.

Wade matched the competition record of six tries in his 100th Premiership appearance, which resulted in Wasps downing Worcester Warriors 54-35 at Sixways Stadium on Saturday.

The 24-year-old flyer has been in sparkling form for Wasps, playing a key role in their quest to win the Premiership and the European Champions Cup.

Wade played no part in England's Grand Slam triumph this year after missing two months of the season with a foot injury.

But Wasps co-captain Mullan hopes he and Wade will be boarding the plane when England head to Australia for a three-Test series in June.

Mullan told Omnisport: "You see him do some incredible things in training, not just on the pitch but in the gym. He's a fantastic athlete and he's got the ability to do stuff that other people can't.

"But even spending every day with him in training, some of the stuff he does on the pitch you just stand and admire. You're just thankful that he's on your team. 

"What he did at the weekend was nothing short of exceptional. We helped him out, it was a team performance, but on an individual basis that was up there with some of the best stuff I have seen in terms of in teams I have played in."

Prop Mullan pointed to Wade's try-scoring record as proof that his jet-heeled team-mate has to be regarded as one of the most lethal finishers in the top tier of English rugby.

He added: "I definitely think he's up there. Obviously I'm biased, I'm a big fan of his and I'm a team-mate who has shared rooms with him. But give him half a chance, nine times of out 10 he will take it.

"He's scored something like 50 or 51 tries in 100 games, that's an extraordinary rate across a lot of games. It's no fluke that he got six tries."

When asked about potential England call-ups, Mullan said: "All we can do in terms of individual performances is try and contribute to a team effort.

"If it means you get international recognition, you're obviously going to be chuffed with that. Everybody in the group would congratulate the boys who are called up, because it's been a real squad effort."