BREAKING: Christian Wade rejects opportunity to return to England - Ruck

BREAKING: Christian Wade rejects opportunity to return to England

Former England and Wasps winger Christian Wade is expected to continue playing for Racing 92 in the upcoming season, despite engaging in discussions with England coach Steve Borthwick.

After pursuing his NFL aspirations, the 31-year-old made a successful return to rugby this season, impressing in the Top 14 league by scoring seven tries in nine games for the Parisian club.

Initially brought in as injury cover for Regan Grace, a former rugby league player who endured consecutive Achilles injuries, Wade's performance has convinced incoming head coach Stuart Lancaster and future Racing 92 chairman Laurent Travers to retain him for the next season, while releasing Grace from his contract, according to reports from L'Equipe.

Whether Grace will seek a contract elsewhere in rugby union or potentially make a return to rugby league with St Helens remains uncertain.

Despite being on the Racing 92 roster, the 26-year-old has yet to make an appearance for the team.

Furthermore, there have been speculations that Grace could be a surprise inclusion in Warren Gatland's selection for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

LIST: 5 Biggest Wastes of Talent in England History

This list has a total of 37 England total caps combined. Dan Cole, Toby Flood and Tom Wood all have more caps individually than this five won combined.

5. Christian Wade (One cap)

The 2013 British & Irish Lion quit Wasps in order to pursue a lucrative career in the NFL, having grown disillusioned with rugby union. The 29-year-old was one of the most recognised names in the domestic game, but his continued absence from the international set-up – having won just one England cap on the 2013 tour of Argentina – had left him frustrated and fed up of continuously being overlooked. What a waste.