IESTYN Harris is treating this weekend’s clash in France as a semi-final.
Four Warriors stars – including first-team props Ben Flower and Gil Dudson – could be in the frame to play for the Welsh in front of the BBC cameras as the autumn triangular series kicks off in Lens.
England – with seven Wigan players in the squad – enter the round-robin contest the following week with a game against the Welsh at Wrexham.
Steve McNamara’s side are the overwhelming favourites to whitewash the series, so much so that Harris has effectively conceded defeat by declaring this Saturday’s game against France a straight shoot-out to decide who will face them in the final.
Harris – Shaun Wane’s No.2 at Wigan – said: “The reality of it is that if you go to France and win, you are in the final.
“It’s as simple as that. There is a lot on this game and I’m sure we will be going over there confident.”
Welsh dragons Flower and Dudson were recruited by the Warriors 12 months ago from the ruins of Crusaders’ ill-fated Super League stint.
They are joined in the Welsh squad by two other Wigan-contracted players, Rhodri Lloyd and Rhys Pugsley.
Both played for the academy team last season, Lloyd scoring 14 tries in 21 appearances for the Under-20s and Pugsley featuring 10 times for the U18s.
Backrower Lloyd also made one first-team appearance – a dream debut in the 50-8 demolition of Leeds at Headingley.
Ex-Warrior Jordan James and Wigan-born Neil Budworth are also in Harris’s squad. “The players we have are desperate to have success,” he added.