Stuart Lancaster is confident his attacking quartet can inject an X Factor into England's game
Last Updated: May 9, 2013 9:32pm
Christian Wade: Wasps star compared to Jason Robinson
Stuart Lancaster has praised 'the new Jason Robinson', Christian Wade, as he looks to his attacking quartet to inject an X Factor into England's game.
The Wasps wing, who was named in Lancaster's squad for England's tour of Uruguay and Argentina earlier this week, has been widely compared to World Cup winner Robinson after bursting onto the scene last season.
Wade scored 13 tries in the Premiership this term, and is joined in a youthful England squad by Bath centre Kyle Eastmond, Gloucester wing Jonny May and Saracens' former rugby league midfielder Joel Tomkins.
And the head coach is confident the quartet can bring a new attacking dimension to the England side.
"All four have the X Factor and that's exciting," the head coach said.
"I understand the (Jason Robinson) comparisons with Christian, definitely.
"You see the way he beats people. Every time he gets the ball there's a buzz of excitement around any ground he's in.
"Kyle has that ability but he also has the ability to put people through holes and run good lines and organise attacking shapes, which means he's a slightly different player in that regard."
Lancaster also expressed his confidence in other areas of the squad, making it clear he is keen to utilise Billy Twelvetrees or Eastmond as a second midfield playmaker.
"The standout (from the squad selection) in terms of excitement in the backs is the back three and the wingers in particular," Lancaster said.
"Put Billy, Joel, Jonathan Joseph and Kyle in the equation as well and you've got an exciting back line.
"Freddie Burns has a great opportunity now too (at fly-half) and Ben Foden back in the equation at 15 too."