Wasps’ Christian Wade is confident he can hit the ground running in the new season after working hard over the summer. The 27-year-old has scored at least 12 tries in each of the last four Premiership seasons and heads into the new campaign requiring 11 scores to overhaul former team-mate Tom Varndell’s record of 92.
However, despite his exploits, he remains an outsider for the England camp but that has not discouraged him from seeking improvements, and he spent part of his summer holidays training with footwork coach Speedy Gonzalez in New Jersey.
The pair focussed on his agility in a bid to improve both the mental and physical aspects of his game, and he will first get to put his exploits into action on Saturday at Worcester.
Wade’s scoring prowess means he is always dangerous and the Slough-born star hopes the gains he has made in the summer will make him even more potent for Dai Young’s side.
“A lot of people forget to train their brain,” Wade told ESPN. “That’s the difference really. If you have to think too much or you take too long, that’s when you’re tackled.
“If your mind and your nervous system are in tune, as soon as defenders move this way you’ve already gone the other way, and before they know it you’re already 10 metres down the pitch.”