HARRISON Hansen’s dream of leading Samoa in a World Cup have been shattered by a knee injury.
The Wigan forward was appointed captain of the national team ahead of the tournament.
But he hasn’t played in their first two matches, and was yesterday “formally removed” from the squad.
Warriors coach Shaun Wane said: “It’s a real blow for Harrison because I know how proud he is of his Samoan heritage.
“I wasn’t surprised he was appointed captain, because he’s a leader on and off the field, and a great motivator.”
Hansen suffered the injury in Samoa’s friendly against England Knights.
Wane said the problem had been scanned and wasn’t serious, and should not impact on Hansen’s pre-season plans.
Samoa, shaping as England’s likely quarter-final opponents at the DW Stadium, were yesterday given permission to call-up Tony Puletua after three forwards, including Hansen, were ruled out.
But Australia’s request for a replacement for the injured Luke Lewis was knocked back by the International Federation.
Steve McNamara didn’t reveal yesterday whether he would recall Warriors flyer Josh Charnley, Super League’s top tryscorer, for Saturday’s match against Fiji.
Charnley was left out for the 42-0 win against Ireland, in which wingers Ryan Hall (3) and Tom Briscoe (2) scored tries.
FORMER Wigan prop Jeff Lima will be back in Super League next season after signing a two-year deal with Catalan.