Break for Exiles game ‘a killer’

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SHAUN Wane admits the break in the Super League schedule this weekend has come at the wrong time.

The Warriors are on an incredible 12-game winning streak, the last of those victories a 36-14 triumph at Catalan on Saturday which re-established a three point lead at the top of the ladder.

But the campaign is put on ice this week to make way for England’s match against the Exiles this Saturday.

And Wane is hoping the disruption does not break the momentum of their glorious run of results.

He said: “I’ll deal with it.

“I’d rather play another week, we’re on a roll and our training is fantastic right now, and so to have a week’s break is a bit of a killer for us.

“But we’ll look after the players and deal with it.”

Wane, who arrived back in England yesterday, is trying to draw the positives from the interruption to the season by giving his players a mid-season break.

And the nine players involved in the ‘International Origin match’ won’t miss out – they’ll be given time off after this Saturday’s match at St Helens’ Langtree Park.

Wane said: “I’m going to give them some time off.

“We’ve come through a tough period and they’re ready for a bit of a rest.

“The players from the England-Exiles game will get a few days off as well next week.

“It’ll be good for them to spend some time with their families, and recharge the batteries.”

Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins, Gareth Hock, Josh Charnley and Lee Mossop are in the England squad – Steve McNamara surprisingly overlooked the claims of Mike McIlorum and Darrell Goulding – while the club are represented by four players in the Exiles party.

George Carmont, the match-winner in the inaugural game last year, and Kiwi World Cup winner Thomas Leuluai are joined by Jeff Lima and Brett Finch.

Stand-off Finch, who confirmed last weekend he will head back to the NRL at the end of the year, has been in great form but his inclusion came as a surprise to some – the Exiles are coached by Daniel Anderson, who axed him while in charge at Parramatta.

Anderson tried to play down their past link by saying “good halfbacks in Super League are like hen’s teeth, that’s why Brett Finch stands out”.

And Finch added: “Obviously Daniel is a top coach and his track record in Super League is great.

“He’s looking forward to working with the squad and I’m looking forward to working with him for sure.”

WIGAN forward Rhodri Lloyd is in Wales’ squad to face France on Saturday.