Warriors stars would feature in nines comp

Wigan stars Matty Smith, Liam Farrell and Sean O'Loughlin celebrate England's success over New Zealand
Wigan stars Matty Smith, Liam Farrell and Sean O'Loughlin celebrate England's success over New Zealand

WIGAN players would almost certainly be involved if the World Nines is revived.

Following the success of the NRL’s Auckland Nines, talks are taking place for an international competition including England.

The annual tournament would be run by the Rugby League International Federation.

And given how many Wigan players regularly make

the Test side – six were involved in this year’s series against New Zealand – it would seem inevitable stars from Shaun Wane’s squad would be involved.

Shane Richardson,

the NRL’s head of game

strategy and development, told the Sydney Morning Herald: “You have to test the waters before you start running with it.

“You could play it anywhere and there’s lots of people who want to do it now putting their hand up.

“It’s a real opportunity to get commercial income that they can utilise and grow into some of the other nations like Tonga, Samoa and more importantly in Europe, where the game is growing despite people knocking it.

“That’s a real commercial opportunity for the RLIF.”

Super League had two World Nines tournaments in 1996-97. The World Sevens ran during 1988-97 – Wigan famously won the World Sevens in Sydney in 1992 – and 2003-04 with a mix of developing nations and club sides.

Richardson also said plans were being discussed to stage an NRL game in America.