Orrell to use Wigan's ground

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The Independent Online
Wigan Rugby League club's Central Park ground could stage the first rugby union match in its 94-year history on 30 December. Orrell, based only four miles from Wigan, will play Saracens there in the Courage League if their executive committee, as expected, accepts Wigan's offer.

With professional rugby league switching to summer next year, Wigan are keen to make use of their 24,000 capacity stadium during winter. In return the rugby league club hopes to play reserve matches at Orrell's Edge Hall Road ground.

"We will try out a game and take it from there," Wigan's chairman, Jack Robinson, said. "They will have to see what sort of crowd they get to work out if it is financially viable."