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Wigan Warriors

Shaun Wane doesn’t plan to rest stars for Wakefield clash


Wigan coach Shaun Wane has been convinced to play some of his big-name players against Wakefield this weekend, despite them having less than a week to recover from their World Club Challenge jet-lag. The 49-year-old says his star names were determined to right their Sydney wrongs. “They were banging on my door,” he said. “They’ve changed my mind for me. ... Read More »

Time to unlock the World Club Challenge potential


League Express Upfront Editorial, Monday 24th Feb 2014. Unlike the retailer John Lewis, we know that many of Rugby League’s wares are often undersold. Such was the case with Saturday’s World Club Challenge in Sydney, which drew a crowd of over 30,000 despite a low key build up. Indeed it was difficult to find out at this time last week ... Read More »

Shaun Wane’s World Club Challenge reaction

Shaun Wane. ©JoeWhitley

Here’s what Wigan coach Shaun Wane said following his side’s 36-14 loss to Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge: “We were poor, the best team won, they are a big athletic skillful team, when you complete at only 67 per cent in the first half you don’t give yourself a chance to win. I am upset because we under ... Read More »

Match report: Sydney Roosters 36-14 Wigan Warriors

Sonny Bill Williams. ©Action

Sydney Roosters are the World Club Champions after defeating Wigan Warriors 36-14 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday. Michael Jennings became the first player in World Club Challenge history to score a hat-trick of tries, and the Roosters scored other tries through former Hull FC star Sam Moa and Kiwi internationals Jared Warea-Hargreaves and Shaun Kenny-Dowall. James Maloney converted ... Read More »

World Club Challenge preview: Sydney V Wigan

Sonny Bill Williams. ©Action

Saturday 22nd February (9.00am, Sky Sports 2) Allianz Stadium WIGAN WARRIORS are aiming to set a new record of being World Club Challenge winners for a fourth time. They previously won the title in 1987 (8-2 against Manly at Central Park), 1991 (21-4 against Penrith at Anfield) and 1994 (20-14 against Brisbane at ANZ Stadium). The Warriors also tasted defeat ... Read More »

Wigan Council leader sends good luck message to Warriors

Wigan celebrate their Super League Grand Final victory

Leader of the Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith, has sent a letter to Wigan Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan, wishing his side luck in tomorrow’s World Club Challenge match against Sydney Roosters. The reigning Super League champions are the first to visit Australia for the annual match since 1994 but are severe underdogs with the bookmakers. Indeed, the Roosters are 2/13 ... Read More »

World Club Challenge squads revealed

Sonny Bill Williams. ©Action

Sydney Roosters have named 15 of the 17 men who won last year’s NRL Grand Final for this weekend’s World Club Challenge against Wigan. Only Luke O’Donnell (retired) and Kiwi winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who is still carrying a leg injury sustained at the World Cup, are missing out. Wigan are also near full strength thanks to the return of England ... Read More »

Wigan announce World Club Challenge squad


Wigan Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane has named his 19 man squad for Saturday’s World Club Challenge against the Sydney Roosters at the Allianz Stadium. The game has an 8pm KO (local time), 9am (UK). Wigan have had a full squad to choose from with the exception of Sam Powell, who misses out after picking up an ankle injury in ... Read More »

Wigan injury blow ahead of World Club Challenge


Wigan half back or hooker Sam Powell has been ruled out of Saturday’s World Club Challenge after sustaining an ankle injury in training. An initial diagnosis has ruled him out of the game with Sydney Roosters whilst the full extent of the injury will be investigated by Wigan’s specialists on their return to the UK next week. Powell, who developed ... Read More »

Wigan defeat New Zealand Warriors in Hamilton

George Williams in action for Wigan against New Zealand Warriors. ©Photosport

New Zealand Warriors 22-46 Wigan Warriors Joe Burgess scored four tries as Wigan finally hit their stride, defeating New Zealand Warriors 22-46 in their own back yard. The visitors, preparing for the World Club Challenge against Sydney Roosters on February 22, fielded a strong side against a youthful looking New Zealand outfit, but were nevertheless trailing 22-16 at half-time. Thirty ... Read More »