New surprise favourite to sign Christian Wade as rugby return nears - Ruck

New surprise favourite to sign Christian Wade as rugby return nears

Christian Wade is eyeing up a return to the Gallagher Premiership this summer with a number of clubs interested.

Despite interest from Leicester Tigers and Wasps, The Rugby Paper are reporting that Exeter Chiefs are now the favourites to land the speedster.

The 31-year-old spent seven years at Wasps,scoring 82 tries, before switching to American football to try and win an NFL contract with the Buffalo Bills.

As first reported by the Coventry Telegraph, former teammate and good friend Tom Varndell revealed earlier this month that Wade has had offers previously and could potentially be tempted into a return. 

“Christian was in unbelievable form when he stepped away from rugby union,” said Varndell, who has become an agent since hanging up his boots. 

“Obviously, there are rumours that are circulating. I am very close to Chris anyway, with everything that’s going on with the NFL at the moment and him being released by the Bills

“Watch this space, because you just never know, he might pop back up and I might end up being third place in a couple of years’ time.”

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Exeter Chiefs confirm seven departures ahead of 2022/23 season

With the salary cap set to be reduced, Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter has been forced into a bit of a clearout with seven stars already confirming their departures.

#1. Sam Nixon to Grenoble

The tighthead prop will leave Exeter Chiefs after just a single season for a move to French Pro D2 side Grenoble, both clubs have confirmed. The 25-year-old joined the Chiefs ahead of the 2021/22 season from Bayonne where he played 24 games in the French Top 14.

Debutant player Sam Nixon during the Gallagher Premiership rugby game between Leicester Tigers and Exeter Chiefs at Welford Road on Sept 18th – PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK

#2. Sam Skinner to Edinburgh

Scotland international Skinner – who will join the Scottish capital club next season – has started nine of his 15 Tests to date since he burst onto the scene with a player of the match winning international debut against Fiji at Murrayfield in 2018.

Sam Skinner of Exeter Chiefs enjoying a Red Bull ahead of the Exeter Chiefs training session at Sandy Park ahead of the second leg of Heineken Champions Cup match between Munster Rugby and Exeter Chiefs – 13th April 2022. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

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