Rugby Ex-rugby star Wade scores TD in Bills debut

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    Marcel Louis-JacquesESPN

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills running back Christian Wade, an England native and former rugby star who was allocated to the Bills via the NFL’s International Player Pathway Program, made a splash in his NFL debut.

Wade scored a 65-yard touchdown on his first and only carry in the Bills’ 24-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Thursday’s preseason opener.

With just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Wade took a handoff from third-string quarterback Tyree Jackson, cut right through a gaping hole at the line of scrimmage and sprinted untouched into the end zone. After meticulously running the play in practice, Wade said he felt prepared if his number was called.

“I knew where I was going even before the ball came because they overloaded one side … then as soon as I got the ball,” Wade said after the game, pausing to smile as he recounted the play, “I was off to the races. I was looking up at the screen to see if any of the linebackers or anyone was coming up behind me.”

Wade, 28, played 10 years of professional rugby before retiring to begin an NFL career in 2018. Despite his instant on-field success, Wade

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