The lowdown on Christian Wade’s reported switch to the NFL

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Wasps winger Christian Wade is reportedly set to leave English rugby and attempt to join the NFL.

Here Press Association Sport looks at the chances of the once-capped England international turning an American dream in to sporting reality in the middle of an NFL season.

How can the move happen?

Jacksonville Jaguars Academy Day – Loughborough University
Nigeria-born Efe Obada played for the London Warriors before making a successful transition to the NFL (Barry Coombs/PA)

Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata and Carolina Panthers defensive end Efe Obada this year became the first two members of the pathway programme to make a final 53-man roster. Wade could benefit by following the same path as soon as his position has been defined.

Has a similar switch been done before?

Tennessee Titans v Los Angeles Chargers – NFL International Series – Wembley Stadium
The world of American Football is very different to that of rugby union (Simon Cooper/PA)

Can Wade transfer his union skills?

Rugby Union – Aviva Premiership – Gloucester Rugby v Wasps – Kingsholm
Christian Wade is the third highest try scorer in the history of the English Premiership (Joe Giddens/PA)

How does he shape up physically?

American Football – NFL International Series 2013 – Minnesota Vikings v Pittsburgh Steelers – Wembley Stadium
Top Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is about the same size as Christian Wade (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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