Wasps wing Christian Wade should make the British Lions tour says Will Greenwood
Will Greenwood told Rugby Club that Wasps winger Christian Wade should tour Australia this summer.
Last Updated: 18/04/13 10:50am
Lions coach Warren Gatland will reveal his squad on 30 April with plenty of players still pushing for a spot to compete down under with the first of three Tests against Australia on 22 June.
One player with a rapidly growing fan club is Wade. The 21-year-old bagged a brace of first-half tries with an explosive display to rattle high-flying Leinster in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
His team may have lost but the display will have undoubtedly caught the eye of two influential spectators.
"In front of England coach Stuart Lancaster and Gatland, if you're going to pick a time to have a good game then Christian pretty much nailed it," said Greenwood, member of the Lions squad in 1997, 2001 and 2005.
"Speaking as someone who got a letter as an uncapped player and given the opportunity by manager Fran Cotton and coach Ian McGeechan in 1997, I really picked up on Christian Wade. He's under tremendous competition from the recognised internationals.
"But experience has never mattered to Gatland and if he feels someone can do a job for him, then.....Whatever you think about the high scoring nature of the game, Leinster are a top class outfit and they were absolutely terrified of him.
"If you could provide a platform for him - you could have Jamie Roberts, Brian O'Driscoll, Manu Tuilagi or whoever in the middle to get you across the line. You could then play quickly with a good distributing fly-half and have a couple of decoy runners."
Also speaking on The Rugby club, Stuart Barnes added: "I keep looking out for all the things Wade's doing wrong - the weaknesses.
"But what a wing is expected to do - turn quarter chances into scores and finish."
Another player impressing the The Rugby Club is Paul O'Connell, captain of the Lions four years ago.
The Ireland lock recently returned to action from a five‑month lay-off because of back problems and starred in Munster's Heineken Cup quarter-final win at Harlequins.
"That was a performance of outstanding quality," added Greenwood.
"He's got the experience and line-out know-how. I've never considered him to be an athlete or a real specimen, but since coming back from injury he has put the gnarly bits and knowledge together."