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Willie Poching wants set weekend for Exiles game

Willie Poching
Poching represented both New Zealand and Samoa at international level

Warrington Wolves assistant coach Willie Poching believes any future England versus Exiles games should be given their own set weekend.

The Wire had seven players feature in the game and two days later lost 18-16 at home to Salford City Reds.

He told BBC Radio Manchester: "I'm not going to say don't have the Exiles weekend, because it was a great idea.

"I think we just need to manage it a bit better and have it as a stand alone game somewhere."

Poching, 37, joined the Warrington back-room staff from Leeds Rhinos at the start of the season as assistant to Tony Smith.

He was forced to retire from playing in 2006 after a serious knee injury and says current demands on players are already too high.

"It's quite difficult to ask the players to play the volume of games for starters," he continued.

"To also ask them twice in a year to play these two games in a one-weekend series is a very difficult task.

"We can sit here and say they are professional, they get paid, they're full time and should be able to do it, but they're only human beings.

"We've got a duty of care to them and the quality of the product will improve if we can get it on a stand alone weekend."



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