2013 World Cup: Liam Farrell wants strong Wigan Warriors presence
Liam Farrell sees no reason why Wigan Warriors cannot have a strong presence at the World Cup later this year.
Last Updated: 19/06/13 1:46pm
Shaun Wane's men, who claimed the League Leaders' Shield in 2012, have been the team to beat this time around with 15 victories from their 18 top-flight games in 2013.
Farrell was joined by the likes of Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Lee Mossop, Michael McIlorum and captain Sean O'Loughlin in Steve McNamara's squad to face the Exiles last week, although McIlorum and O'Loughlin missed out due to injury.
The 22-year-old believes it is the right thing for O'Loughlin to rest and be fit for the World Cup which starts in October rather than try to play on and run the risk of not playing against the likes of Australia and New Zealand.
"Lockers has got a bit of a bad knee at the moment and it was disappointing that he had to pull out of the game, but he'll get himself fixed up," Farrell told the club's official website.
"It's probably the right thing to do and I'm sure we'll see him back in England contention come the end of the year.
"We're playing well as a team at the moment, and hopefully there'll be a strong Wigan presence in the England squad later this year.
"If we carry on playing well for Wigan then I'm sure the rewards will come."
Question marks have been raised about team unity in the past, however, Farrell insists everyone in the team is pulling in the same direction despite their ability to do battle in Super League.
"We knock lumps out of each other, but we have to stay united as a squad," he continued.
"The players don't see themselves as opponents when they're in England camp, they see it as one team, and that's the mentality we want to keep throughout this year."