February 23, 2019, 5:26


Romain Navarrete says he was defending his Wigan team-mate in half-time Grand Final fracas

Romain Navarrete says he was defending his Wigan team-mate in half-time Grand Final fracas

Romain Navarrete says he was defending his Wigan and France team-mate Morgan Escare in the fracas that erupted at half-time in the Super League Grand Final.

The Wigan prop forward appeared to spark the scuffle by wading into the melee following a push by Warrington centre Bryson Goodwin on full-back Escare.

It followed a clash between Goodwin and Escare during the first half at Old Trafford, one of a series of heated moments of a tense Grand Final which Wigan won 12-4.

“Goodwin pushed Morgan and he’s my mate, so I went to help him,” said Navarrete.

A Rugby Football League spokesman said the incident would be included in the match commissioner’s report and studied by officials on Monday.

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An emotional Shaun Wane says farewell to Wigan after their Grand Final win against Warrington

Navarrete and Escare made history by becoming the first Frenchmen to play in a Grand Final and their victory continued the good news story for French sport in 2018.

“I’m very proud of myself and Morgan and for France,” Navarrete said. “We had a very good game and I’m very happy to make the story.

“It’s been a good year for French rugby league and the whole of France. The footballers won the World Cup, Catalans won the Challenge Cup, now there’s Morgan and I. It’s very good.”

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Highlights from the 2018 Grand Final as Wigan and Warrington clashed at Old Trafford

The year for France could get even better with a victory over England at Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday night, although Navarrete is unlikely to play.

“Will I be fit for Wednesday? I don’t know,” he said. “I’ll have a chat with the coach. I feel sore as it was a tough game but we’ll see. I think it will be tough to play.”

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