GIL Dudson has put the love of his life before the love of his country.
The Warriors prop is not playing for Wales this autumn because it clashes with his wedding.
Dudson, 24, played for Wales in the 2011 Four Nations, 2012 Tri-Series and last year’s World Cup.
But he was left out of the national squad when it was announced yesterday.
And he confirmed that he ties the knot the week after the Grand Final – the same weekend the Welsh open their European Championships campaign against Scotland.
His Wigan and international team-mate Ben Flower is an usher at Dudson’s wedding, though he admitted he was already planning to give the series a miss to give his body a break.
“I’m not playing internationals, I’ve had six years of doing it and I want a rest and then I can come back into a full pre-season,” said Flower, one of the form front-rowers in Super League.
“I’ve not had a full pre-season before, and hopefully I can get some good conditioning in me and it will help me progress.”
No Wigan players are in the Wales squad for the European Championships, which also include Ireland, Scotland and France.
The winners of the round-robin tournament will earn a place in the 2016 Four Nations tournament alongside England, Australia and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, Wigan have confirmed their Under-19s will face St Helens in a play-off game at Langtree Park this Saturday (12pm).