Rugby League

Tomkins departure from Wigan could impact on Super Legaue

Tomkins is on his way to New Zealand  (©GettyImages)
Tomkins is on his way to New Zealand (©GettyImages).

The move of Sam Tomkins could have an affect on not just Wigan - but the entire league.

Tomkins has left Wigan and Super League at the peak of his career to join NRL side the New Zealand Warriors.

His leaving will affect Wigan who will now no doubt struggle as their best players are slowly retiring or leaving the club.

The 'Tomkins Box Office' impact could also hit the league hard too.

Many people would show up when their team played Wigan just to glimps the England crowd favourite.

Tomkins was also a draw for Sky TV viewers who tuned in to see the youngster put on a show and whether you supported Wigan or not, Tomkins put on a performance to impress.

Tomkins has now become the most expensive player in league history and this more than anything shows the gap in the sport between the NRL and Super League.

Only two teams in the Super League are successfully making money where as the New Zealand Warriors a team who finished 11th in the NRL can get the money together to afford him.

The Super League is in a dire state and the loss of a box office player could really hurt the league but, but the exporting of the best players shows that English rugby league is slowly getting healthier and healthier the challenge now being keeping the top players and winning a world tournament.

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NRL
Sam Tomkins
Super League
Rugby League

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