Tomkins and Farrell return for Wigan – while O’Brien misses out for Salford semi

Salford are likely to hand out debuts to Manu Vatuvei and Tyrone McCarthy for Sunday’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Wigan: but star fullback Gareth O’Brien is a notable omission from their squad. The Red Devils are aiming to reach their first Wembley final in over 40 years on Sunday afternoon, with victory against Wigan the only obstacle standing in their…

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Wigan centre Oliver Gildart open to representing Italy at World Cup

Oliver Gildart admits that while his priority for this year’s World Cup is forcing his way into Wayne Bennett’s thinking, should that not materialise he would be open to representing Italy, the country of his grandfather’s birth. Gildart qualifies for the Azzurri on the strength his grandfather, Bob, and admits he would have no problem playing for them at this…

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Super League club-by-club regular season review plus grading

Castleford Tigers (1st) Highlight: Take your pick so far; although Tigers fans will not forget the 66-10 mauling of local rivals Leeds back in March in a hurry, surely. Lowlight: There haven’t been many, but the disappointing defeat to Salford in the driving rain earlier in the season is perhaps the most frustrating. Star player: There are plenty of contenders…

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Andy Gregory offers services to Wigan – and Salford! – players ahead of semi

Wigan coach Shaun Wane has drafted in club legend Andy Gregory to speak to his players ahead of Sunday’s Challenge Cup semi-final with Salford – after his Red Devils counterpart Ian Watson admitted he had also been approached by Gregory to speak with his players! Gregory won five Challenge Cups during his time as a player with Wigan, before later…

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Wigan boost top four hopes as Rhinos nilled for first time since 1998

Wigan Warriors comfortably dispatched of a much-changed Leeds Rhinos side 34-0 as the visitors were nilled for just the second time in Super League history. Quickfire tries from Michael McIlorum and Sam Tomkins saw Wigan move 10 points ahead midway through the half. Willie Isa was denied by the television match official twice but George Williams crossed before the break…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s games as Ellis eyes Hull return

Hull FC v Huddersfield (8pm, KCOM Stadium) There are two huge boosts for Hull FC ahead of Friday’s clash with Huddersfield: as captain Gareth Ellis and half-back Albert Kelly both return to the squad. Ellis has not played since Hull’s league victory against Castleford back in April, while Kelly missed the trip to Leeds last week. Huddersfield make one change:…

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Wane promises Wigan will finish strong despite frustrating night against Warrington

Wigan coach Shaun Wane has promised his side will finish the season strongly despite a disappointing setback against Warrington on Thursday night. The reigning Super League champions lost 16-10 to the Wolves on Thursday evening and could now finish the weekend six points adrift of the top four with eight games remaining. “One hundred per cent Warrington deserved to win.…

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O’Loughlin reveals how close he came to NRL switch ahead of 400th Wigan game

Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin makes his 400th appearance for his hometown club tonight: but he has revealed just how close he came to switching the Warriors for the NRL. The reigning Super League champions will celebrate O’Loughlin’s Wigan career tonight in the home game against Warrington, as the England skipper moves into an illustrious club of players to have brought…

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Tierney and Navarrete join Catalans for rest of the season

Wigan Warriors have announced that Lewis Tierney and Romain Navarrete have joined Super League rivals Catalans Dragons on loan until the end of the season. Tierney has made 40 appearances for the Warriors – including 22 last season, culminating in the Grand Final victory over Warrington. Navarrete joined Wigan ahead of the 2017 season from the Dragons and has made…

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