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Wade honoured to make Lions debut

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Christian Wade has one eye on the upcoming British & Irish Lions first Test against Australia this weekend after loving his first experience of competitive Lions action on Tuesday.

The England wing only made his full test debut for his country earlier this month, but was called up to the Lions tour as injury cover.

And he made his bow for Warren Gatland's side in the 14-12 defeat to the ACT Brumbies in a hard-fought battle in the Australian capital, Canberra.

Speaking to his official Facebook page, Wade said: "Feel extremely privileged & honoured to have been selected to play for the Lions against the Brumbies last night. 

"Such a great experience! Although we lost, we have a few days to learn from it and prepare for the first Test against Australia. It's gonna be Massive!! #Lions2013"

The defeat ends the Lions' unbeaten record Down Under this year, but the first crunch fixture comes this Saturday in Brisbane.

Wade could feature from the bench against the Aussies after Wales wing George North was passed fit for the match.

Wade, who was called up to the team after North went down with a hamstring problem, played opposite former-World Player of the Year Shane Williams - another late Lions call-up - against the Brumbies.

The 22-year-old London Wasps star was named both the Players' Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year after a fine season last term.

Wade finished as the Premiership's joint leading try-scorer with 13.

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