A 'dream team' of Wigan Warriors who represented countries where they weren't born

The inclusion of Warrington's Aussie halfback Blake Austin in the England training squad has paved the way for him to play for GB.

Thursday, 18th July 2019, 9:12 am
Updated Thursday, 18th July 2019, 10:12 am
Blake Austin facing Wigan at the Magic Weekend

Austin qualifies through an English grandparent. Here is a fictitious Wigan Warriors line-up of players who represented countries where they weren't born...

The New Zealand-born crowd-pleaser became a Kiwi international while at Wigan... but later represented England after switching codes.
Wiganer Tierney qualified for Scotland through his gran (and Jason Robinson's mum) Dorothy, who was born in Glasgow. Picture: SWPix

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The blockbusting centre represented Samoa, the country of his birth, at both codes - but before joining Wigan played 19 times for the New Zealand All Blacks.
The former Wigan, England and Great Britain centre had one match for Ireland in 1998, having qualified through is ancestry.
The goal-kicking winger was born in Australia but represented Ireland at two World Cups, honouring his Irish parents. Picture: SWPix
He had already represented home nation Australia before joining Wigan in 1999. He went on to represent Italy in 2003, qualifying through his ancestry.
The current halfback, born in Australia, not only represented Malta at league - he played for the nation at union in a World Cup-qualifier, before the NRL stepped in!
This New Zealand-born prop - at Wigan in 2014 - represented Australia at Schoolboys level before going on to play for both Samoa and USA in full internationals!
Catalans' Leeds-born hooker represented England at the 2008 World Cup - and Ireland at the tournament five years later, both while a Wigan player. Picture: SWPix
The Widnes-born Great Britain international prop regularly, and proudly, played for Ireland during his long career with Wigan, qualifying through his ancestry.
Born in New Zealand, the ex-Warriors forward was a Great Britain academy international who played one Test for the Kiwis - and also represented Samoa. Picture: SWPix
Like McIlorum, the Wigan-born forward has played at two World Cups for different nations - for England in 1995 and for Ireland in 2008, in his final season.
The prop, who played 28 games in 2012, had already represented New Zealand twice before he switched allegiances to the country of his birth, Tonga. Picture: SWPix
Born and raised in New Zealand, the centre had already been in the Cook Islands squad before he joined Wigan ahead of the 2012 campaign. Picture: SWPix
Born and raised in Wigan, he made a name for himself with England and Great Britain but played one match for Ireland in 1998... alongside a young student named Brian Carney.
The prop - who spent a decade at Wigan from 2001 - played several games for Wales including three matches against England, the country of his birth.
The current centre has represented England, where he has spent most of his life. But he was actually born in Perth, Australia - he has a Kiwi-dad - before emigrating at a very young age.