Wigan to play regular-season game in London

Wigan Warriors will play another league game in London in 2016, although they will not wait until the Super 8s in organising a game in the capital city.

But Wigan Chairman Ian Lenagan has denied rumours that he is about to make a bid to buy League 1 club London Skolars.

“I have no intention of taking over London Skolars,” Lenagan told League Express.

“In the context of London I get on well with (Skolars Chairman) Hector McNeil and he has done a good job for over 25 years.

“We will be playing the Capital Challenge against them again next year, and we are developing that concept.

“We will be taking a Super League game to London in 2016, but I don’t know which game that will be, although it would be more likely to be during the first 23 rounds.

“We need plenty of time to sell a game in London.”

Meanwhile Lenagan is confident that his club will rebound strongly from their Grand Final defeat to Leeds Rhinos.

“We were disappointed with the defeat, but we played superlatively. We had a young team playing against a very capable bunch of older strategists and talented people.

“On many days we would have held on to our lead.

“But I think our young team will come again.” And Lenagan says he is optimistic about the current state of Rugby League.

“I think we all need to be more enthusiastic about what is happening.

“We have a great Test series taking place and we will have a tremendous World Club Series. “There’s a lot that is good about the game right now, and I hope the fans recognise that.”