Hansen appointed Samoa captain

Wigan forward Harrison Hansen has been appointed as Samoa captain for the World Cup.

Hansen, 27, is the longest serving member of coach Matt Parish’s team, having first joined up with the squad back in 2007.

Parish said: “Harrison has been outstanding since day one with his attitude and leadership at training and in camp. I have no doubt he will inspire the boys to represent their proud nation of Samoa with the honour the Toa jersey commands.”

The Auckland-born back-rower came through the academy at Wigan, and has gone on to make more than 235 appearances for the Warriors.

Hansen said: “It’s a huge honour to represent my country of Samoa and my family. I thank Rugby League Samoa for this incredible opportunity. I look forward to working with this great team and having a strong and successful World Cup.”

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