Relief as Charnley’s injury not serious

Wigan's Josh Charnley scores a first half try for England against the Exiles at Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium
Wigan's Josh Charnley scores a first half try for England against the Exiles at Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium

WIGAN coach Shaun Wane breathed a sigh of relief after learning Josh Charnley’s leg injury is not serious.

The winger suffered a calf problem midway through England’s 32-20 defeat against the Exiles in Huddersfield.

But national boss Steve McNamara said: “Josh hurt his calf, we had a look at it and he could have carried on, but we thought it best not to risk it.”

Speaking after the game, Charnley said: “It’s still sore, I took a bang during the first-half and I came off as a precaution. I’ll ice it up and fingers crossed it will be okay for Sunday.”

The news will come as a big relief to Wane, who lost Kiwi scrum-half Thomas Leuluai to a serious knee injury in the opening Exiles match.

Charnley scored a try before limping off, while his Wigan peers Lee Mossop and Liam Farrell also played for the outclassed England side.

McNamara said: “We’re disappointed we didn’t get the win.

“We thought we had a team capable of winning. We looked vulnerable and their experience told.

“But in terms of what we want to get out of it, this is what we need. We are disappointed, but long-term this has been very good for us.”

McNamara said the England players will be high-altitude training in South Africa later this year ahead of a series against Wales and France.

The poor crowd of less than 8,000 led to a flat atmosphere and Exiles coach Daniel Anderson admitted: “The RFL still have some challenges, in areas like scheduling and getting people to the game – get a crowd and it will grow. That’s the main thing.”

The three England players – as well as Exile Epa Lauaki – will report back to Warriors’ training base today to prepare for Sunday’s trip to Wakefield.