Steve McNamara predicts 'needle' ahead of International Origin match at Warrington Wolves' Halliwell Jones Stadium

Warrington Guardian: England coach Steve McNamara England coach Steve McNamara

STEVE McNamara is predicting 'needle' between his England squad men and the Exiles players ahead of Warrington Halliwell Jones Stadium staging the Origin International.

The Rugby Football League will host this year’s solitary Origin meeting between England and the Exiles at Wolves’ den on Friday, June 14.

It will be the first senior England international to take place at the venue and the showdown will be McNamara's only chance to see his players in a competitive fixture before they face Australia in the Rugby League World Cup next October.

McNamara’s World Cup hopefuls will face the cream of southern hemisphere Super League talent in an encounter that has grown in stature since its inception two years ago.

Wolves imports like Brett Hodgson and Joel Monaghan have gone into battle against clubmates such as Stefan Ratchford and Ryan Atkins on past occasions and the stakes will be higher this time as England hone their preparations for the World Cup.

McNamara believes this year’s match will be the best yet.

“It’s a massive game for England and every English player who aspires to being involved in our plans for the World Cup,” he said.

“International Origin offers a great opportunity to continue the progress we have experienced as a group and take an important step towards the World Cup.

“However, it’s not just about the World Cup – this is very much a fixture we will be looking to win.

“There is always needle between the England and Exiles players ahead of the Origin game and I’m sure that between now and then we will see a massive hunger to be involved in this fixture.

“We are delighted by the choice of venue. There’s always a terrific atmosphere at The Halliwell Jones Stadium and the players all like playing there.”

Tickets will go on general sale from Monday, February 25.

Wolves chief executive Andy Gatcliffe believes the RFL’s decision is a vote of confidence for a stadium that is to host two World Cup games.

“It reflects on the quality of the facility and the off-field people we have here at the club,” he said.

 

Key dates at The Halliwell Jones Stadium in 2013:

Jan 26: Ben Westwood Testimonial game, Wolves v Wigan Warriors

Feb 3: Super League Round One - Wolves v Castleford Tigers

June 14: England v Exiles

Sep 29: Championship Finals

Oct 27: RLWC - New Zealand v Samoa

Nov 17: RLWC - Quarter final

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8:13am Fri 18 Jan 13

MikeJT says...

"Club mates will take great pleasure in winding each other up before a game"........ no sh*t sherlock !!!!!!
"Club mates will take great pleasure in winding each other up before a game"........ no sh*t sherlock !!!!!! MikeJT

9:45am Fri 18 Jan 13

mparsons says...

What do you reckon MikeJT - are these England v Exiles games a good concept and will you be going to the game?
What do you reckon MikeJT - are these England v Exiles games a good concept and will you be going to the game? mparsons

10:38am Sun 20 Jan 13

MikeJT says...

Yes, I will almost certainly be at the game.

Whether they are a good idea depends on the motive, although my own personal opinion......in its current format/promotion, no.

As an indicator of who is/isnt in the running for RLWC selection its WAY to early in the season. Players may be in form in June but be rubbish in October, and vice-versa.

As a chance to see the best rugby players........errrr
....nope, they are still playing over in Australia. Ok its supposed to be the English lads against the best of the rest who are overhere but its now where near what they will face when the come up against the Aussies and Kiwis "PROPER".

As a platform for showcasing the game. This would work IF it reached a larger audience. It needs to be shown on free-to-air channels.

It possible does benefit some of the players. After 4-5 months of hard slog, they get a break from the pressure of having to perform ahead of the run in. This benefit is far better now that they play the game in isolation (we all remember what happened to the top teams that "exiles weekend" in its first year).
Yes, I will almost certainly be at the game. Whether they are a good idea depends on the motive, although my own personal opinion......in its current format/promotion, no. As an indicator of who is/isnt in the running for RLWC selection its WAY to early in the season. Players may be in form in June but be rubbish in October, and vice-versa. As a chance to see the best rugby players........errrr ....nope, they are still playing over in Australia. Ok its supposed to be the English lads against the best of the rest who are overhere but its now where near what they will face when the come up against the Aussies and Kiwis "PROPER". As a platform for showcasing the game. This would work IF it reached a larger audience. It needs to be shown on free-to-air channels. It possible does benefit some of the players. After 4-5 months of hard slog, they get a break from the pressure of having to perform ahead of the run in. This benefit is far better now that they play the game in isolation (we all remember what happened to the top teams that "exiles weekend" in its first year). MikeJT

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