Christian Wade won the award for top try scorer in the Premiership during the week as he touched down for 17 tries during this season’s Premiership campaign – yet he is not named in Eddie Jones’ England squad for the tour of Argentina this summer.
In all honesty, I don’t know what else he can do. Every time he touches the ball he’s making yards and he beats defenders for fun. I know this is said a lot in rugby terms but he’s got something that no other player has in terms of his finishing ability – his power, his ability to get through holes and just skin people, it’s second to none.
I’ve got a bit of a bee in my bonnet about the squad selection itself. Wade is the standout one, but there are a few players that could have gripes about not being picked. Wade has broken the record, he’s top try scorer in the Premiership, yet in his place they have picked Joe Cokanasiga, who I have no doubt will be a very good player but he’s 19-years-old and has not played one Premiership game, yet he is picked on an England tour.
That doesn’t sit well with me at all, I understand you have to develop players but you have to earn your crust in the Premiership and Wade has done this year on year. Sometimes your face just doesn’t fit. I’ve been there myself. Sometimes you’re playing okay and you think you deserve a shot – mainly only when Jonny Wilkinson was injured in my career! In reality, I wasn’t tearing up trees every week but Wade is.
You look at other players as well. I think Eddie Jones was talking about Jackson Wray, Richard Wigglesworth and a few other boys at Saracens. He’s said that just because you’re in a good Saracens team that’s winning Champions Cups, doesn’t mean that they are going to be good Test players as well.
But Wade is the one that baffles me. That only way he can prove people wrong is to just keep doing what he’s doing and if he can get a Premiership winners medal on top of that, then all the better for him and Wasps.