Higginson hopes World Cup kickstarts Warriors career

John Higginson playing for Wigan in 2016
John Higginson playing for Wigan in 2016

Young gun Jack Higginson hopes the World Cup will act as a launchpad to a successful season with Wigan in 2018.

The centre has flown Down Under with the Ireland squad, having qualified through a grandparent.

He was keen to take part in the tournament after injury limited him to just four matches last season – and none for Shaun Wane’s side.

Higginson said: “Hopefully I’ll get some games over there.

“It’s a good experience for me, to go to the World Cup at the age of 20. Micky (McIlorum) said he was a similar age when he went with Ireland and he loved it.

“It will give me a good step and hopefully I can crack on from this. It’ll be good to play again after struggling this year.”

Higginson broke into the Wigan team in 2016 and after making three appearances, was hoping for more first-team action this year.

But a nasty hip injury ruled him out for six months. His only matches were for the reserves and on dual-registration for Workington.

“My hip dislocated and went back in, but it caused quite a bit of damage,” he explained. “The surgeon said it was like a car crash, it’s a very rare injury in rugby league.

“It was frustrating, but injuries are part of the game and hopefully that’s behind me now.”

Ireland have been placed in the three-team Group C, meaning only the top side qualifies for the quarter-finals.

They open their campaign with an inter-group match against Wales in Cairns on October 29.

They later face Papua New Guinea and Wales.