Squad Watch: All the squads for Friday’s Super League games

Wigan v Widnes (8pm, Sky Sports) World champions Wigan have named an unchanged squad for Friday’s televised clash against Widnes Vikings. Coach Shaun Wane confirmed at Tuesday’s press conference that he would bring Willie Isa into his 17 for the game, but aside from that, it seems like he will make minimal changes. Widnes are without Tom Gilmore alongside regular…

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ANALYSIS: How Morgan Escare’s career has kick-started again at Wigan

After seemingly having the world at his feet as a Catalans Dragons player, 2016 proved to be the culmination of a chastening period for young full-back Morgan Escare. Nudged out of the team at the expense of France international Tony Gigot, Escare spent a large portion of 2016 sat on the sidelines and pondering his next career move after just…

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Wane to make changes for “must-win” game on Friday despite players’ protests

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has admitted he will make some changes for Friday’s clash against Widnes – but says all of his players have asked to be kept in the team following Sunday’s World Club Challenge. Wigan resume their league campaign with a home tie against Denis Betts’ Vikings looking to make it back-to-back wins at the start of…

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Leading Super League officials disagree on the future of the Super 8s concept

Ian Lenagan and Gary Hetherington, the chairman and chief executive of Wigan and Leeds respectively, have shared contrasting views on the current Super 8s concept. Discussions about the future of the structure have commenced between the Rugby Football League and clubs as the concept enters its third year. However, Lenagan and Hetherington have revealed conflicting opinions on the concept in the…

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All systems go for Wigan, says Lenagan

Wigan Chairman Ian Lenagan is hoping strongly that his club can win the World Club Challenge against the Cronulla Sharks today for the first time since he took over the Warriors almost a decade ago. “I’m in my tenth year and it’s the only trophy we’ve not won, although the club won it three times (1987, 1992 and 1994) prior…

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Wane: We have to beat the Sharks

Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane has described the club’s World Club Challenge match with Cronulla as a “must-win game.” The Warriors will become the most successful team in the competition’s history with a victory over the Sharks by claiming an unprecedented fourth title, although they have not won the competition since defeating Brisbane Broncos in the 1994 event. The…

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World Club Challenge win is vital, says Radlinski

Wigan Warriors rugby director Kris Radlinski insists that Super League must come out on top in this year’s World Club Series against their NRL opponents to give the concept more credibility. Before Warrington’s victory over Brisbane Super League clubs had suffered six defeats in six matches to NRL opponents, while the competition also held a 10 match losing streak. Radlinski…

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LEAGUE EXPRESS TEASER: O’Loughlin aiming to do Super League proud

The full version of this article will appear in this week’s upcoming issue of League Express – which is available online from 9pm tonight. To ensure you get your copy delivered to your smart device as soon as the paper is released, click here. Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin has stressed that the Warriors are not just aiming to do the…

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