SOME of the biggest names in rugby have backed Widnes Vikings' bid to win a Super League Licence.

Former England and Great Britain International Robinson - a rugby union World Cup winner - said: "I've played against Widnes over the years and I'm aware of the work that Vikings do in the community and the players they've brought into the system.

"The work that's been done is certainly needed, just to bring some of the younger guys through the system and give them a chance.

"Having Vikings back in the Super League is vital.

"The name Widnes in rugby league circles is famous throughout the world and has produced some of the best rugby players we've seen.

"It's very important that Widnes continue to do the work they have been doing in the community.

"Hopefully, Vikings will be way up there where they belong in the future."

Wigan Warriors captain, Sean O'Loughlin, has also spoken out in support of Vikings: "Widnes definitely deserves a place in Super League.

"It's not just about their great history, which everyone knows about, it's about the whole set-up at Widnes which is totally geared to Super League.

"Their stadium might not be the biggest in terms of capacity but overall the facilities are excellent and they attract decent sized crowds, which will be even bigger in Super League.

"The atmosphere when Wigan play Widnes is always terrific. The club also has a great record for developing new talent and you only have to look at the amateur set-up in and around Widnes to see that club is bound to be a great asset to Super League."

Jason Demetriou, captain of the Wakefield Wildcats, said: "Widnes have a great tradition and a great fan base.

"Their history alone should give them a licence but they also have a fantastic stadium and a very good fan base.

"I certainly believe they deserve a place in the Super League."

Vikings chairman, Steve O'Connor, added: "A massive amount of time and energy is going into this process and it's very rewarding to know that our efforts are being recognised by leading players in the game."