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London Wasps star inspires Little Mix singer to watch rugby

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London Wasps take on Gloucester Rugby in the The Stinger on Saturday and there's not just rugby on offer.

UK girl band Little Mix will provide the music for the huge event, which will act as a crucial fixture in seeing who will go on to win the final european playoff spot in the Aviva Premiership. 

Wasps' star winger Christian Wade admits he has told Leigh-Anne Pinnock of the band to not let the side down on Saturday when the girls perform. 

Wade and Leigh-Anne are both from High Wycombe and grew up together with the same set of friends.

The England international, who will miss the game due to a foot injury, added that the singer has been inspired to watch more Wasps games now she's back in the UK.

"We have the Stinger Game here on Saturday night at Twickenham, and Little Mix are going to be our support act," he told GiveMeSport exclusively.

"I know one of the girls, Leigh-Anne, she's from High Wycombe and that's obviously where I'm from as well.

"Wycombe is quite a small place so everyone knows everyone. We share the same friends and we've hung out and stuff. She and the girls have to step up on Saturday. No pressure been our support act.

"I was speaking to her and she said she has never been to a rugby game. She's been on the road for quite a while, so she says this will be the first of many that she watches."

The international back hasn't played since damaging ligaments in his left foot last December, but he says his recovery is going well.

"I'm on course in my recovery," Wade continued. I'm looking at the prospect of running in the next couple of weeks. There isn't really a date for my return.

"With a foot injury you have to let the foot do the talking. We'll see how I react to running. If it's good then we will go from there really."

Still only 22, Wade has represented his country and wants to do it again, but he knows his recovery is more important.

"I think for me it's just going to be about doing the right thing by my foot," he added.
"If I do get back to playing games and Stuart [Lancaster] feels he wants to take me on a England Summer Tour, then I would be more than happy to do that.

"But if not then there's plenty of time in front of me. You want to look at the bigger picture, and you've got the World Cup 2015 in London, so that's going to be the main aim."

London Wasps take on Gloucester Rugby in The Stinger on Saturday 19th April at 3:15pm, exclusively live on BT Sport. Tickets are available at

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