Briers ponders international return for Wales

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Warrington's man of the moment Lee Briers is still undecided about making his international comeback with Wales this autumn.

Briers, who won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match in the Challenge Cup final victory over Leeds on Saturday, admits he is having second thoughts at the age of 32 about his retirement from representative rugby in 2007.

"I've spoken to Iestyn Harris and, if I'm feeling 100 per cent at the end of the season, I'll think about it," he said as he collected his award at a ceremony in Salford. I liked the way they played in the European Cup last year and I'd like to add some experience to his team."

Wales play France, Ireland and Scotland, with a place in next year's Four Nations at stake, and an elder statesman of Briers's calibre would be of huge value to a young, home-grown Welsh team.

Briers will be rested from tonight's final regular season game at Harlequins, with his place set to be taken by Richie Myler, who was controversially left out of the Wolves' Wembley team.

Briers has urged the young half-back not to follow his example when he was dropped from St Helens' Cup final team in 1997 and subsequently left Saints for Warrington. "Richie came here because Warrington are going to be competing for trophies for the next 10 years," he said. "His day will come."

Warrington are close behind St Helens on points difference, so Saints will know exactly what they have to do against Castleford tomorrow to clinch second place and a home tie in the play-offs next week.

Harlequins are to make an announcement about new investment in the club before this evening's game.

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