John Bateman to head to NRL – but will return to Wigan as marquee player later in career

Wigan Warriors have confirmed one of the game’s worst-kept secrets – but with a slight twist. As reported in League Express, John Bateman will head to the NRL at the end of this season after the Warriors received what they describe as a ‘significant transfer fee’ for the England international. However, while Bateman has agreed a two-year deal with an…

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Injuries mean nothing insists Wane ahead of huge derby clash with St Helens

Shaun Wane has defiantly claimed that Wigan’s mounting injury problems mean nothing when it comes to the Warriors’ rivalry with St Helens: which will be renewed again this evening. Wigan are without key names such as George Williams, Oliver Gildart and captain Sean O’Loughlin – and new signing Chris Hankinson is likely to debut having signed from Swinton in the…

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Thompson insists St Helens not focussing on gap at the top ahead of derby

St Helens forward Luke Thompson has stressed that the runaway league leaders are paying no attention to their lofty position at the Super League summit ahead of Thursday’s derby with Wigan. The Saints can clinch a play-off place before the Super 8s even begin next month – and a win against the Warriors on Thursday would move them ever-closer to…

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Giants ease fears with vital win over Wigan

Huddersfield Giants gave a massive boost to their top-eight hopes with a 20-12 victory against Wigan Warriors tonight at the John Smith’s Stadium. Their victory puts them on 19 points, four ahead of ninth placed Leeds Rhinos. Sam Tomkins opened the score for Wigan when he touched down a Liam Marshall kick after seven minutes, converting his own try. The…

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Wigan snatch late victory over Warrington

Wigan Warriors stand-off Josh Woods landed a field-goal in the final minute of the game to seal a glorious victory for Wigan, who went into tonight’s game at the DW Stadium without their captain Sean O’Loughlin. Tonights was Warrington star Ben Westwood’s 500th career game, and it also saw Josh Charnley return to Wigan for the first time since signing…

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Wane insists Wigan will “turn up” as they aim to avenge cup exit to Warrington

Wigan coach Shaun Wane has promised his side will ‘turn up’ and perform on Friday night in their mouthwatering clash with Warrington. Second hosts third in front of the Sky cameras tonight, as the Warriors aim to avenge their recent Challenge Cup exit at the hands of the Wolves by taking another step closer to a top-four finish. And the…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

Wigan v Warrington (7:45pm, DW Stadium, Sky Sports) There are two blows for Wigan for their top-four clash with Warrington; Joe Greenwood is out with an ankle injury suffered on debut against Leeds last Thursday, while prop Romain Navarrete is also suspended. Ben Flower does, however, hand Shaun Wane a boost by returning – young prop Sami Kibula is also…

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Greenwood eager to get started with Wigan career tonight

New Wigan signing Joe Greenwood admits he can’t wait to get started with his Warriors career tonight. Greenwood is expected to feature as the Warriors look to solidify their position inside the top-four with victory over reigning champions Leeds this evening. And having joined Wigan from NRL side Gold Coast, the forward says he’s chomping at the bit to make…

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Tomkins admits he has to prove himself to Hull KR amidst “fresh start”

Joel Tomkins admits he has a point to prove to Hull KR and their supporters following his high-profile move to the club – but is confident he can recapture his best form as a Robins player. Tomkins spoke to the media on Thursday for the first time since leaving Wigan to join Hull KR, following the off-field incident which led…

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Bateman insists future will be resolved after Denver – but admits he has NRL offers

Wigan Warriors forward John Bateman has revealed he will decide on where he is playing his rugby in 2019 after England’s Test with New Zealand in Denver: and admits he has offers from NRL clubs. Bateman has a clause in his existing contract with the Warriors which dictates he can move to Australia at the end of this season –…

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