Keiron Cunningham has condemned a flippant remark which Sky rugby league expert Mike Stephenson made as the credits rolled at the end of Wigan’s World Club Series match against the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday.
The TV pundit and former Great Britain international seemed to suggest that the Aussies were proper athletes while English players spent too much time in nightclubs.
Cunningham stormed: “All the hard work undertaken by the RFL, and in particular general manager Blake Solly in promoting the event has been thrown in the dustbin because of these stupid comments from people who should know better.
“They are supposed to be advertising our sport and at the same time attracting spectators and sponsors but this doesn’t help matters.”
The coach added: “I would also like to make it clear that none of my players are in nightclubs until 2am and we prepare just as well as any Australian side.”
Despite seeing his team toppling to a 38 -12 defeat against the Sydney Roosters in the first of the three-match series on Friday, Cunningham remains upbeat.
He said: “The Roosters game gave us a real shot-in-the-arm because I believe we matched one of the best packs in the sport and you could see a twinkle in the eyes of my forwards.
“I think physically we got a lot of the aspects of the game right but when facing the Aussies you have to get them all right.”
Meanwhile, Saints have confirmed that their Good Friday derby showdown against Wigan Warriors at Langtree Park will kick-off at 3.15pm and that tickets are now on sale.