Rugby NFL: Christian Wade on his ‘dream’ touchdown for Buffalo Bills and trying to make the cut

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In his first BBC Sport column, former Wasps and England rugby union player Christian Wade talks about life trying to crack the NFL with the Buffalo Bills. He has one more chance to impress in the Bills’ last pre-season game this week – before their 2019 roster is named.

After working so hard to learn a new sport, what happened in my first game of American football was like a dream come true.

I only found out the day before that I’d feature in the third or fourth quarter, and to do that with my very first carry – run for 65 yards and score a touchdown – was amazing. It couldn’t have happened in a better way.

Getting the call from the Bills was a life-changing moment but that touchdown is something I’ll cherish forever. It’s probably the best memory in my life.

I did it in a fairly unorthodox way though. Initially I held the ball correctly but then I went to taking it like a rugby ball, so I kind of got in trouble for that!

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Ex-Wasps player Christian Wade scores a 65-yard touchdown on his debut for the Buffalo Bills

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