Rugby League - Briers unsure over World Cup u-turn

Lee Briers has not ruled out coming out of retirement to play for Wales in this year's World Cup - but admits he "can't see it".

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Rugby League - Briers unsure over World Cup u-turn

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Lee Briers has not ruled out a return to international rugby

The veteran Warrington stand-off quit the international scene after leading Wales in the 2011 Four Nations Series, playing his "final" match against Australia in Wrexham. It was the second time he had bowed out of the international scene, having quit when Wales failed to qualify for the 2008 World Cup, and admits that he has not totally ruled out a second U-turn.

"You never say never but I can't see it," said Briers, who ended a 12-week injury lay-off in Warrington's Challenge Cup win against Salford last Sunday and is set to continue his comeback in Friday's Super League game against Hull.

"There's still a flame there - it's not fully out - but I do enjoy the coaching part of it.

"There are some young kids that probably deserve a chance to play in a World Cup. I've played in one and I know it's fantastic.

"And, if I go back, would it be the Lee Briers retirement show? Would it take the focus off them? I'm not too sure."

The 35-year-old Briers made a fairytale return from his lay-off caused by neck and calf injuries, scoring a try within three minutes of entering the field as a second-half substitute against the Reds, but admits making his return in a winning team was a big help.

"I think it was set up well because of the way the boys played," he said.

"I came on when it was game over. I'd seen it from the sidelines over the last few weeks. We've been steadily building."

Briers is set to start Friday's home game, with his stand-off understudy Stefan Ratchford switching to full-back in the absence of the injured Brett Hodgson, as Warrington look to extend their winning run in all matches to six.

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