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RugbyL: Tomkins rejoins Wigan from Saracens

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Dual-code international Joel Tomkins has returned to rugby league side Wigan after three years with rugby union outfit Saracens.

The 27-year-old centre or second rower has returned to his hometown club with immediate effect after Wigan paid an undisclosed fee for the player whose younger brother Sam left at the end of last season for New Zealand Warriors.

He was unveiled at half-time during Wigan's Super League match against Widnes at the DW Stadium on Wednesday night.

Tomkins, who was a try-scorer in the Warriors' 2011 Challenge Cup final win over Leeds, received a rapturous welcome from the crowd and said: "I'm overwhelmed by this.

"I just can't wait to get stuck into training with the lads and start playing here again.

"The timing felt right. This is the club I love."

Tomkins made four appearances for England's rugby league team before switching codes.

He came through Wigan's youth system to make 117 appearances for the senior team from 2005 up to his transfer in 2011, scoring 40 tries.

Tomkins, who made three appearances for his country in rugby union, is currently recovering from a bulging disc in his back but is expected to be available in around four weeks.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane said: "To see Joel Tomkins come back to us demonstrates the strength of the culture we have here at Wigan and shows that the grass isn't always greener elsewhere.

"His return is a clear indication of the strength of our sport and the pleasures of playing it and I would sincerely like to thank (rugby general manager) Kris Radlinski and (chairman) Ian Lenagan for bringing back one of the best rugby players in the world."

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