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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 September 2006, 05:21 GMT 06:21 UK
Long rules out switching to union
By Paul Fletcher

Sean Long in action for St Helens
Long is in the Super League Dream Team of 2006
St Helens and Great Britain scrum-half Sean Long is not interested in becoming the latest rugby league player to switch codes to rugby union.

Former Wigan players Jason Robinson and Andrew Farrell go head to head for their union clubs on Friday.

And Robinson recently suggested Long had the skills to make the switch.

But when asked whether he would consider a move, Long told BBC Sport: "Not at the moment, no. It is not a thing I have really thought about."

Robinson made the case for Long playing union, stating: "When you have a player of his skill, with great pace and a great kicking game then why not."

Long said he was flattered to be highlighted by his former GB team-mate.

"That is a massive compliment off Jason," said Long, who turns 30 on 24 September.

"I knew him when he was at Wigan and to get accolades off him is unbelievable really.

"But I love playing rugby league and it is my passion. Why change something that is not broken?"

Kris Radlinski, widely regarded as the best full-back of his generation, retired at the end of the season but turned down several offers during his career to move into union.

Leeds centre Chev Walker is moving to union side Bath in November, while Bradford's Karl Pryce is also considering a move to the 15-a-side game.

And Castleford veteran Brad Davies has just taken up an offer to become the new defence coach at Bath.

Robinson, who plays for Sale, made the switch in 2000 and went on to play in the England team that won the World Cup in Australia three years later.

Farrell joined Saracens in March 2005 but was recovering from knee surgery at the time.

The former GB captain suffered further injuries, including a broken toe and a prolapsed disc that prevented him from making his Saracens debut until September 2006.



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