Eight Wigan players set to feature at 2017 Rugby League World Cup
Sean O’Loughlin, John Bateman and George Williams all named in England squad
- Tommy Leuluai, Michael Mcilorum, Jack Higginson, Lewis Tierney and Romain Navarrete heading Down Under too
The 2017 Rugby League World Cup begins in just two weeks’ time and eight Wigan players are set to take part.
Coaches have been busy pulling their squads together for the showpiece event as the top 14 nations do battle.
Michael Mcilorum headed Down Under in 2008 with Ireland and will do so again having been named in Mark Aston’s squad. Mcilorum is joined by Wigan youngster Jack Higginson who could make his international debut. The Wolfhounds are in Pool C alongside Wales and Papua New Guinea.
The Warriors have three players in the England squad with Sean O’Loughlin captaining the side and George Williams and John Bateman also forming part of the squad. Ranked number three in the world, England will begin their campaign against Australia before games against Lebanon and France.
A familiar face could await in the final group game with Romain Navarrete included in the France squad. The young prop forward debuted for his country this time last year, against England, and will be looking to force his way into the side.
After impressing in last year’s Four Nations tournament, Scotland will be looking to make their presence felt in Pool B. Led by Wigan’s Steve McCormack, Lewis Tierney will be vying for a place in the backline.
Finally, co-hosts New Zealand will be looking to repeat their 2008 heroics. They line up in Pool B alongside Tonga, Samoa and Scotland with Tommy Leuluai looking to add to his haul of 36 caps.