Richards keen to sign off in style
Wigan Warriors winger Pat Richards is keen to make his mark on Friday’s International Origin fixture – the final time he will represent the Exiles before returning to the NRL.
“I’ve enjoyed playing for the Exiles since its introduction and, whilst it’s drawn more towards England, it gives us lads an opportunity to play together again,” he said.
“It’s extra special to me because this is my last chance to be in that scenario before I head back to Australia.
“I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve had playing in England and I’m eternally grateful to Wigan for giving me this opportunity.
“I’ve had an opportunity to play in a fantastic team and with some fantastic players and I hope end my time in the best way possible.
“Whilst I’m hoping for success with Wigan, this concept is something I buy into and something I’ll enjoy in my final season in Super League.”
Richards also paid credit to his Wigan teammates called up by England coach Steve McNamara.
“There are a number of Wigan players in the England set up and that’s a reflection of the work we’re doing as a club,” he said.
“Josh (Charnley), Sam (Tomkins), Faz (Liam Farrell) and Lee (Mossop) are all deservedly included for the form they’ve demonstrated.
“They’ll be a real danger to us as the Exiles, but it’s fantastic as a club that our achievements have been recognised and I hope our fans buy into it.
“It’ll be a change to play against them as for a day, they’ll be opponents not teammates but that’s the beauty of representative footy.
“I’ve also got to say that I believe there’s a couple more of our lads who should feel unlucky that they aren’t involved.
“Just like Blake Green is injured and misses an Exiles call up, there’s Micky Mac (Michael McIlourm) who would probably have been involved for England and others have been playing well and just missed the cut.”