Former England international believes Wigan ‘headache’ will see star man make positional switch

Josh McAllister
Jai Field, Bevan French

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Jai Field returned to action for the first time since Round Seven during Magic Weekend, featuring in the 46-22 defeat to Catalans in Newcastle.

The Australian speedster suffered a hamstring injury at the Leigh Sports Village in the Battle of the Borough, missing six rounds of Super League action, as well as the Challenge Cup sixth round tie against Leeds.

He returned to the fold and was named alongside England international Harry Smith in halves at St James’ Park, with Bevan French retaining his place at full-back.

However, ex-England international Kevin Brown believes that the 25-year-old was ‘found out’ against the Dragons and has predicted a position return for the outside-back.

Field, 25, started the year at full-back for the Warriors, crossing for five tries in the opening seven rounds before injury struck, while French featured on the wing.

Ex-Parramatta Eels player French has since produced his best performances this year since his move to the back, creating nine assists and scoring three tries.

But speaking on Betfred’s The Last Tackle, World Cup finalist Brown has predicted a move back to the original positions.

Jai Field ‘not built’ to play in halves says Kevin Brown

He said: “The fact that they’ve [Wigan] got the headache of Bevan French playing so well, they’ve kept him at full-back and they’ve put Jai Field back to half-back, where he really struggled if you think back to the first year he came over.

“He was the one who got found out at the weekend.

“Steve McNamara has done his game plan to perfection. Matt Whitley scored two, Tom Johnstone scored three, while Mitchell Pearce and Sam Tomkins threw all their attack at that edge and they ruined Jai Field.

“I don’t think he can play there and defend in the line. He’s one of them players who is unbelievable as a full-back, but as a stand-off, he’s just not built for that.

“I 100% believe that’ll be the last time we see him as a six.

“I think Bevan French will go back to the wing. Unfortunately for Bevan, for the team it just looks like the better option.”

Wigan take on St Helens this Friday in Super League, with the action live on Sky Sports from the Totally Wicked Stadium, 8:00pm kick off.

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