Pat Richards set to play for Wigan against Wakefield despite trip to Australia
Last Updated: 07/04/13 2:13pm
Pat Richards: Wigan star to play against Wakefield despite trip to Australia
Wigan winger Pat Richards looks set to face Wakefield on Sunday despite a midweek trip to Australia.
Richards flew home on Tuesday for his brother's wedding near Sydney but is due to arrive back on Sunday morning - just hours before the Super League leaders' clash with the Wildcats at the DW Stadium.
"He's the best man at his brother's wedding so I didn't want to stop that happening," said Wigan coach Shaun Wane.
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"He's been outstanding for me, his form this season has been the best I've known it in terms of consistency and this is a chance for me to repay him and support him.
"When he asked, it was an instant 'yes' - as long as he didn't miss a game, I was happy with it. He will be back Sunday morning, so he'll be fine."
Wane revealed the 30-year-old has been given special instructions to follow to help reduce the impact of the 24,000-mile journey.
"He's got protocols with his diet and hydration and he's staying on England time," Wane added. "It's not a boozy wedding."
Richards, Super League's Man of Steel in 2010, has scored 132 points in the first 10 matches - with nine tries and 48 goals - to top the Super League scoring chart.