'Unreal': Rugby union star scores 65-yard touchdown with first touch in NFL

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

A former England rugby player has taken the NFL by storm.

Christian Wade, a former rugby union star who played two Test matches for his country, made his debut for the Buffalo Bills against the Indianapolis Colts.

And with his very first touch in an NFL game, Wade scored an incredible 65-yard touchdown.

Christian Wade scored an incredible touchdown with his first touch. Image: Getty/NFL

Lining up at running back, Wade took the ball straight up the middle and didn’t look back.

Showing the trademark speed that made him a star in rugby union, Wade burned multiple Colts defenders to take it to the house.

The remarkable moment sent the NFL world into meltdown.

Wade shocked the rugby union world when he unexpectedly quit the sport last year in pursuit of his American Football dream.

The former Wasps and England winger joined the NFL through the International Player Pathway Program, which allows four teams every year to carry 91 players on their roster through the off-season, including one from abroad, rather than the usual 90.

Wade, who was called up to the British and Irish Lions squad in 2013, signed a contract with Buffalo in April and is fighting to make the Bills' 53-man regular-season roster as a running back and kick returner.

Christian Wade in action for England in 2013. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Wade has fine credentials as the third-highest try scorer in English Premiership rugby's history.

He believes there are enough similarities between his two sports to make the transition possible.

"The evasive skills, being able to read where space is and gaps. Footwork wise, that is kind of like the way I used to play," he said previously.

"You can use that definitely. And just the normal hand-eye coordination when you are running routes.

"When the ball is coming at you, being able to position yourself in the correct way. There are some transferrable skills there."

Valentine Holmes in action for the Jets. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


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