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Former England rugby star Christian Wade scores incredible 65-yard touchdown on his FIRST EVER touch of the ball in an NFL pre-season game for Buffalo Bills

  • Christian Wade made a sensational start to life in the NFL with 65-yard touchdown in a pre-season match against Indianapolis Colts
  • Former England rugby player is trying to win a spot in the Bills roster
  • And he certainly caught the eye by scoring with his first-ever play for the Bills
  • Wade reached speeds of 21mph as he stormed through the opposition defence
  • The try-scoring winger swapped rugby for American Football last year  

Former England rugby star Christian Wade made a sensational start to his NFL career by scoring a 65-yard touchdown with his first touch for the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills were leading their pre-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts 17-13 in the final quarter when Wade collected the ball of quarterback Tyree Jackson, cut sharply to his right and ran straight to the endzone.

Wade, 28, who played for Wasps before turning his back on rugby to pursue an American Football career last year, reached speeds of 21.01mph as he sliced through the Colts defence.

Former England rugby player Christian Wade scored a sensational 65-yard touchdown with his first touch for the Buffalo Bills during their pre-season match against Indianapolis Colts

Wade switched from rugby union to American Football last year and is hoping to make the 53-man Bills roster for the upcoming NFL season

Wade switched from rugby union to American Football last year and is hoping to make the 53-man Bills roster for the upcoming NFL season 

Bills quarterback Tyree Jackson handed Wade the ball and he carried it straight to the endzone

Bills quarterback Tyree Jackson handed Wade the ball and he carried it straight to the endzone

Wade was mobbed by his Bills team-mates after scoring on his first play for the team

Wade was mobbed by his Bills team-mates after scoring on his first play for the team

Despite the stunning try, Wade still has plenty of work to do to earn a place in the Bills team

Despite the stunning try, Wade still has plenty of work to do to earn a place in the Bills team

Wade was presented with the match ball afterwards by Bills head coach Sean McDermott

Wade was presented with the match ball afterwards by Bills head coach Sean McDermott

He joined the Bills in April as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program but still has plenty of work to do to win a place in their final 53-man roster for the season ahead.

Wade’s blistering pace was one of his greatest assets during a rugby career that saw him scored 82 Premiership tries for Wasps, the third-highest of all-time in the competition.

Slough-born Wade represented England and also the British and Irish Lions during his rugby career before switching sports. 

The play sparked wild celebrations among his Bills team-mates on the sidelines and Wade said afterwards he knew precisely where to run as he received the ball.

‘I knew where I was going even before the ball came because they overloaded one side,’ he beamed after the game.

Wade received the ball from Bills quarterback Tyree Jackson during the fourth quarter

Wade received the ball from Bills quarterback Tyree Jackson during the fourth quarter

He immediately cut sharply to the right, sending an opportunity to break through the Colts

He immediately cut sharply to the right, sending an opportunity to break through the Colts

The former rugby winger's blistering pace soon carried him clear of the opposition

The former rugby winger’s blistering pace soon carried him clear of the opposition 

Wade ran 65 yards at speeds of over 20mph to the endzone to seal the Bills' victory

Wade ran 65 yards at speeds of over 20mph to the endzone to seal the Bills’ victory

He scorches into the endzone to settle the pre-season contest against Indianapolis Colts

He scorches into the endzone to settle the pre-season contest against Indianapolis Colts

‘Then as soon as I got the ball, I was off to the races. I was looking up at the screen to see if any of the linebackers or anyone was coming up behind me.

‘I’m just kind of lost for words, man. It’s what dreams are made of. Being able to get out there first of all to have the opportunity to play with the Bills and then score a touchdown. I couldn’t have dreamed it any better.’

Wade was handed a game ball by head coach Sean McDermott after his first and only carry of the game sealed victory in Indianapolis.

Wade pictured playing for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham back in 2015

Wade pictured playing for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham back in 2015

He also represented the British and Irish Lions during their Australia tour of 2013

He also represented the British and Irish Lions during their Australia tour of 2013

Wade scored 82 Premiership tries for Wasps - the third highest scorer of all-time in the league

Wade scored 82 Premiership tries for Wasps – the third highest scorer of all-time in the league

Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White added: ‘It was exciting man, just to see the way that guy, he works. He comes here in the offseason to the camp. To see it all paying off on the field. it was something that everybody on the team was excited for.

‘He’s come a long way. from not knowing what to do at all to scoring a touchdown.’

Wade’s route to the final 53-man roster is blocked by a stacked running back stable including the likes of LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore, plus third-round pick Devin Singletary.

But even though it was against third-stringers, his debut has certainly turned heads.

Next up for the Bills is their second preseason game on August 17, where they host the Carolina Panthers. Wade will have much to discuss with fellow Brit Efe Obaba, another product of the Pathway Program. 

 

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