Ben Westwood says Warrington's players returning from the World Cup need to "get away from anything to do with rugby for a few weeks".

Westwood offers advice for World Cup Wire stars

Westwood offers advice for World Cup Wire stars

Chris Hill, Kevin Brown and Ben Currie were all members of the England side beaten 6-0 by Australia in the World Cup final while Stefan Ratchford was in the squad but didn't play in the showpiece.

Wire veteran Westwood has experienced major tournament heartache himself, having been a member of the England side in 2013 when they crashed out in the last four against New Zealand.

The 36-year-old believes his Warrington team-mates will have benefited from the experience but feels they need to take a break before returning to pre-season training with the Super League side.

“It’s probably the best performance we’ve had against Australia,” he told the Warrington Guardian. “What people have to remember is they have been away from their wives and kids for a good eight weeks for this tournament.

“They’re going to have a bit of time off now and they need to get away from the game for a bit.

“They need to get away from anything to do with rugby for a few weeks and have a good Christmas with their families.

“It’s important for them to get off on a holiday if they can, come back refreshed and take the positives from the World Cup into the coming year.”

Warrington open the new Super League season with a tough home game against Leeds Rhinos on February 1.