Cross-code clash not ruled out

Wigan's players training in Bath
Wigan's players training in Bath

WIGAN enjoyed their first training session with Bath – as chairman Ian Lenagan hinted at the prospect of a cross-code game in the future.

The two English rugby heavyweights clashed in two encounters in 1996.

They crossed paths yesterday on the first day of a joint-training camp in the historic spa city, led by respective coaches Shaun Wane and Mike Ford – former Wigan team-mates.

Lenagan has previously floated the idea of a cross-code match against Premiership outfit Saracens, with whom the Warriors have a vague partnership relationship.

And he suggested this current training camp with Bath may lead towards a clash between them in the future.

Lenagan said: “I don’t think there’s any doubt we get on really well, and with Mike Ford there as coach it would be silly to rule anything out.”

He stressed the idea was in its infancy, with the priority of this camp to better prepare Wane’s men for a late-season surge heading into the play-offs.

“This is pretty significant for us,” he said. “It worked for us in the past when they went away to Scotland and it freshened them up, and I think this will hopefully do the same.”

Wigan had a gym session yesterday before taking to the pitch with Bath. Further training sessions were scheduled for today.

“It’s a fantastic facility, and the change of scenery is good,” said head of performance, Mark Bitcon.

“It’s full on, we’re doing our own stuff as well as a proportion of our sessions with them.

“It lifts the intensity when you go somewhere different.”