Hard to see how this will actually work. I can see a coaching exchange
possibly having some benefits, but players is more doubtful. I enjoyed
the cross-code games with Bath years ago, so look forward to them
announcing the dates for those.
Wigan and Saracens have announced a ground-breaking partnership to share
players and resources as well as face each other in a cross-code match.
The move aims to share "resources and knowledge" across the side's
coaching teams and academies.
And the deal includes the potential for the clubs to loan players to
each other, across the codes.
"Wigan are a fantastic rugby club with a fantastic worldwide
reputation," said Saracens chairman Nigel Wray.
"And we are really e***d by the potential of this partnership as we
share resources and knowledge to ensure each club is able to maximise
its potential on and off the field."
Wigan are the most successful team in rugby league with 19 English
titles, 18 Challenge Cup wins and three World Club Champions victories
to their name.
By contrast Saracens, who are the reigning Premiership champions, have
won little silverware but have in recent years shown an appetite for
innovation including team-bonding at a beer festival, training with NFL
players and staging a Heineken Cup game in Cape Town.
The partnership was announced alongside the news that Wigan centre Joel
Tomkins has left the league side to join Saracens, who are union's
Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan said talks over Tomkins's move had helped
setup the new arrangement.
"Wigan has grown close with Saracens through these and previous
discussions and we are delighted and e***d by the partnership between
Wigan and Saracens," he explained.
"Both games have their own place separately but the synergy available
from these two leading clubs working together is exceptional."
A date for a cross-code match has not been publicised.