Christian Wade is delighted to join the British & Irish Lions

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Christian Wade: Pleasantly surprised by his call into the British & Irish Lions squad

Christian Wade: Pleasantly surprised by his call into the British & Irish Lions squad

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Christian Wade has spoken of his shock and delight at being called up to join the British & Irish Lions in Australia.

Wade's summons came just hours before he was due to win his second England cap and he was withdrawn from the team as Jonny May made his debut against Argentina.

The 22-year-old will be joined in Australia by Brad Barritt after the England centre was also called up as cover for Jamie Roberts, who suffered a leg injury against the New South Wales Waratahs today. The Lions also have concerns over wings George North and, it is rumoured, Alex Cuthbert.

"My reaction is definitely one of massive shock. I never thought I'd be called up to go but I'm massively delighted and honoured to be selected."
Christian Wade

Wade, who made his England debut in last weekend's 32-3 victory over Argentina in Salta, has been preferred to Chris Ashton and Scotland's Tim Visser to provide the Lions with additional back-line options.

"My reaction is definitely one of massive shock," Wade said. "I never thought I'd be called up to go but I'm massively delighted and honoured to be selected.

"It's all coming flooding over me. It's happened so fast in the last few weeks - the awards, playing at Twickenham, winning my first cap for England in Argentina and then getting the call for the Lions.

"Some of the stuff I wouldn't have dared to dream of.

"It's hard to take in but I need to step back and be humble and appreciate the work and effort that everyone's put into helping me, my support network, my family, the coaches at Wasps and here at England who have put that faith in me and the Lions coaches also for calling me up."

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