Wigan Warriors star Kai Pearce-Paul reveals his preferred position & explains why Shaun Wane earns the players’ respect

Kai Pearce-Paul has really caught the eye since he burst onto the scene last season.

The tall Wigan Warriors youngster is an offload king and a real threat due to his power and subsequent elusiveness.

Whether playing centre or second-row, he’s a player teams have to be mindful of but where is Pearce-Paul’s preferred position.

The young man made his England test debut on Saturday against Greece as he combined nicely with winger Dom Young as the right centre.

However, after the game he revealed that his preference would be to start in the second-row.

He said: “I probably say backrow is my primary position. I play there a bit more, I have things to learn at centre. There’s always things to learn in any position but centre is something I enjoy playing as well but I would probably say backrow is my preference.”

Pearce-Paul also reflected on being one of the only ones in his friend group growing up who played league and revealed that he is getting lots of messages from his friends down south: “I was only one of my mates who played rugby league. They all respected the game and obviously it’s not as big down in London but I’ve got a lot of messages from old friends, old rugby union friends, which is nice.”

Pearce-Paul also opened up on Shaun Wane as a coach and why he gets the respect of his players: “It’s been really good, he’s an honest man and he’s straight forward and the boys respect that about him. We want to pay him back.”

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