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  1. Wigan Warriors Community Foundation and the first team playing squad have again been out in the community for Warriors Unite. Throughout the UK lockdown at the start of 2021, the Community Foundation created a new style of delivery, offering virtual alternatives to its usual programmes and keeping members of the community connected with free online activities. Now, the programme Warriors Unite returns in person as the Foundation staff and first team players hope to unite the town and aim to reach out to children and adults and provide interactive, engaging activities so they can be active, have fun and feel part of the community. Taking place every Friday afternoon, Foundation staff and players are going out around the borough to deliver engaging sessions in person in high schools, primary schools and at Robin Park Arena. The delivery is also being extended to the Foundation’s community groups such as Rugby Memories, as well as visiting the Rainbow Ward at Wigan Infirmary. Two weeks ago, the Warriors started to deliver sessions as part of the programme’s return. Week one saw the Warriors in the Ashton and Bryn area, with 23 players supporting four visits and one session at Robin Park Arena. Week two saw the squad in the Abram and Platt Bridge area, once more 23 players were on hand across the sessions – here is where they visited last week: Week 2 – Friday 26th November Dean Trust High SchoolStandish Community High School at Robin Park ArenaSt Mary’s CE Primary School Platt Bridge Community Primary SchoolBryn St Peter’s CE Primary School Deb 'fangirling' at work earlier today. @WiganWarriorsRL @WiganWarriorsCF doing great community work in the local schools @BrynStPeters She says thanks for the picture, @EllisKaide @ISA_Willie @alexsutton__ @UmylaH pic.twitter.com/ElgFqbeKO6 — Paul Sudworth (@paulspud) November 26, 2021 Huge thanks to @KaipearcePaul @harrytsmith7 @JamesMc____ @BradOneill17 & Abbas Miski for coaching our Y9 rugby team today. Thanks also to @WiganWarriorsRL @WiganWarriorsCF for organising. The lads absolutely loved it and the players were amazing role models pic.twitter.com/yovkSRcgLb — St Peter's Orrell PE (@StPeters_PE) November 26, 2021 As well as delivering sessions in the Abram and Platt Bridge area, a number of players visited a brand new Rugby League exhibition in the Museum of Wigan Life on Library Street. The museum opened its doors to the public on Saturday, which provides a historical look back at the sport, celebrating its past and presented – both within the borough and internationally. Ahead of the official opening, Warriors players went down to take a look, alongside St John Fisher’s rugby team and Wigan Council lead David Molyneux. The museum is open every Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm. We had some special guests this afternoon for a sneak preview of the 'gerrumonside' rugby league exhibition. It looks amazing and opens tomorrow @WiganWarriorsRL @WiganWarriorsCF @RLWC2021 @WiganMuseum pic.twitter.com/kRLC53bPsq — Wigan Council (@WiganCouncil) November 26, 2021 Take a look below at some of the pictures from last Friday: The Warriors still have plenty more sessions lined up in the lead up to Christmas, both at Robin Park Arena and across the borough. Here is the full list of where they will be heading: Week 3 – Friday 3rd December Hindley High SchoolHawkley Hall High School at Robin Park ArenaSacred Heart Catholic Primary SchoolSt Benedict’s Catholic Primary SchoolRainbow Ward, Wigan InfirmaryRugby Memories Christmas Party at Robin Park Arena Week 4 – Friday 10th December St Peter’s Catholic High SchoolShevington High School at Robin Park ArenaOrrell St James Catholic Primary SchoolOrrell Lamberhead Green Primary SchoolRainbow Ward, Wigan InfirmaryRugby Memories Christmas Party at Robin Park Arena There are still places on the Rugby Memories Christmas Parties at Robin Park Arena in Week 3 and 4 of Warriors Unite. To reserve your free place, please contact c.taylor@wiganwarriors.com The post Warriors Unite Week 2 appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  2. Club Store now open seven days a week.Open 9:30am-5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Late night shopping on Thursdays, open until 3:30am on Sundays.Shop online HERE or visit us at Robin Park Arena today! Wigan Warriors are delighted to announce that the Club Store at Robin Park Arena is now open seven days a week in new change to its opening hours. From Monday 29th November, the Store is open every day of every week in the lead up to Christmas. The opening times of each day are as follows: Monday – 9:30am – 5pmTuesday – 9:30am – 5pm Wednesday – 9:30am – 5pmThursday – 9:30am – 7pmFriday – 9:30am – 5pm Saturday – 9:30am – 4pm Sunday (5th, 12th, 19th December) – 11am – 3:30am Click & Collect orders can be collected during these times. Due to changes in Government Covid-19 guidelines, all customers – unless exempt – must wear a face covering whilst shopping in-Store from Tuesday 30th November. Temporary parking permits for the Robin Park Arena car park are available to collect for free in-Store and at reception on arrival. Left to right: John Bateman, Zak Hardaker, Georgia Wilson, Kai Pearce-Paul In case you missed it, our new replica hummel home and away kits for 2022 and the Club’s 150th year are now on sale and available to buy in-Store or online! CLICK HERE. To celebrate such a historic year for Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club, both kits are ultra-traditional with the home shirt consisting of Cherry and White hoops and the away shirt incorporating the colour blue and irregular hoops which have featured in many away kits through the years – this time featuring navy blue and white irregular hoops. CLICK HERE for all the details. Both shirts are available in all sizes (from 0-6 months up to 8XL), each priced at £49.99 for Adults and at a very special rate of £29.99 for Juniors as the Club strives to see more youngsters wearing the new shirts and celebrating such an important year in the Club’s history. Mini kits are priced at £29.99 each and, as in previous years, are without the main sponsor logo because of space constraints. Name and number printing on home and away shirts is available for £12. Visit us today at Robin Park Arena or take a look online as we also have our Primary Training Range, 1990-92 Retro Shirts and Christmas jumpers also available, plus much more! For more information contact 01942 762845 or store@wiganwarriors.com. Warriors World in the Grand Arcade has permanently closed. Make it Wigan in 2022 and celebrate our 150th year with a Wigan Warriors season ticket. Supporting Wigan is about more than just going to a game. It’s about something bigger, something special. Its about playing our own individual role in helping the Club succeed. Buy your season ticket today. Click HERE for all the details. The post Store’s new opening times appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  3. Thomas Leuluai speaks on pre-season so far.Leuluai: “I’ve still got that desire to win and to be part of a good team and to help contribute and win stuff.”Watch the full interview HERE. Thomas Leuluai spoke to Wigan TV to reflect pre-season so far, entering his 12th season with Wigan and an update on his hamstring injury. “It’s not the nicest time of the season pre-season. It’s a bit different and I’m enjoying the change,” he said. “I’ve still got that desire to win and to be part of a good team and to help contribute and win stuff. Last year didn’t feel like the right time to finish, I knew I had something in there and that drove me – wanting to leave the Club in a good position has really driven me this year.” Leuluai suffered a season-ending hamstring injury towards the back end of the Warriors 2021 campaign but is feeling positive with his recovery so far: “I always to try and do my bit but this year we’ve taken a different approach and being smart with what I do. Matt (Peet) has been clear that I will have a rest during the year.” Skip. #WWRL pic.twitter.com/Cawkio9XRE — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) November 18, 2021 “I always want to be part of it. I know where I need to be at and I don’t think I’m too far off from where I need to be for the start of the season. I’ve played way longer than I thought I would, I’m very grateful to the Club and I just want to get back this year.” Captain Leuluai has been head-first into pre-season alongside some new teammates as well as new Coaching Team: “I’ve been really impressed with all of them. They’re good people and they’ve fit into the group, we’ve got a new way of doing things and everyone is finding their feet but it’s been enjoyable. A mention for Ramon Silva, I’ve been impressed with him. “Lee Briers, I’ve really enjoyed his sessions. I knew he would be sound but I’ve been very impressed with what he’s brought. I’ve played against him for a long time and he’s a real thinker. As much as we can pick up from him the better, we’re very lucky.” The scrum half summarised by talking about the Warriors Unite initiative which sees players and staff heading out into the Community on a weekly basis: “I enjoy it, getting to engage with the community. We all have a laugh and try to make it as fun as we can for the kids. Leuluai out and about in the community. “For the young boys, it’s something they can learn and get used to. The more you can give back and try to be more of a community team – I know how much Rugby League means to the town, It’s really good.” Watch the full interview with Tommy on Wigan TV HERE. Make it Wigan in 2022 and celebrate our 150th year with a Wigan Warriors season ticket. Supporting Wigan is about more than just going to a game. It’s about something bigger, something special. Its about playing our own individual role in helping the Club succeed. Buy your season ticket today. Click HERE for all the details. The post Leuluai: Desire to win appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  4. Take a look at the images from week 2 of pre-season training.Players putting in the graft at Robin Park Arena.Full gallery below. Week 2 of pre-season training is now done for Wigan Warriors. Take a look at our full gallery from the week below as the first team put in the graft at Robin Park Arena. Credit: John Baldwin. Make it Wigan in 2022 and celebrate our 150th year with a Wigan Warriors season ticket. Supporting Wigan is about more than just going to a game. It’s about something bigger, something special. It’s about playing our own individual role in helping the Club succeed. Buy your season ticket today. Click HERE for all the details. The post Pre-season week 2 gallery appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  5. Make it Wigan and Make it 150 in 2022. Make it Wigan Make it Wigan with a 2022 season ticket. Our renewal deadline has been extended until Friday 3rd December, with our early bird pricing also available until 31st December 2021. Get all the information you need on season tickets HERE. You can also buy a season ticket at our upcoming ‘Thursday night under the lights’ event, where you will also be able to watch the first team players train, meet the teams (including Women’s, PDRL, LDRL and Wheelchair), grab some Christmas presents with our late-night shop opening as well as enjoy our food and drink stalls. Want to know more? Find out about the evening HERE. Abbas Miski, Patrick Mago, Kaide Ellis, Cade Cust, Iain Thornley and Ramon Silva have Made it Wigan for 2022. You can too with our NEW 2022 home and away shirts. To celebrate our 150th year, we have reverted back to a traditional hooped jersey and it is available to buy NOW online and in-Store. 150 years 2022 is a historic year for the club as we celebrate our 150th year. To celebrate such a historic year for Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club, we have released our home and away kits. Both kits are ultra-traditional with the home shirt consisting of Cherry and White hoops and the away shirt incorporating the colour blue and irregular hoops which have featured in many away kits through the years – this time featuring navy blue and white irregular hoops. All new kits, training wear and memorabilia are available in-store or online HERE. Keep your eyes peeled as we have lots more things to celebrate our 150th year coming up in 2022… The post Make it Wigan appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  6. Wigan Warriors and Technical Kit Partner, hummel, are delighted to launch the new home and away kits for the 2022 season and the Club’s 150th year. To celebrate such a historic year for Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club, both kits are ultra-traditional with the home shirt consisting of Cherry and White hoops and the away shirt incorporating the colour blue and irregular hoops which have featured in many away kits through the years – this time featuring navy blue and white irregular hoops. In addition, in a unique and very special opportunity for our fans in this 150th year, our supporters are being given the option to order these special anniversary shirts either without the logo of the Club’s Main Partner – IQONIQ – on the front of shirt or with the IQONIQ logo included. Many fans have raised this possibility over the years and, with the cooperation of IQONIQ, we are pleased to be able to offer this special opportunity in this special year only. All shirts without the IQONIQ logo are available immediately for collection in-Store from today or for immediate despatch. Shirts with the IQONIQ logo applied will be despatched on 13th December to customers in plenty of time for Christmas. Customers who buy the non-IQONIQ shirts initially and change their mind, may bring them in after Christmas to have the IQONIQ logo applied. Shirts WITHOUT the IQONIQ logo are in stock now in Store for immediate purchase or for ordering online with immediate despatch. Fans buying this version will have the opportunity, if they wish subsequently, to bring the shirt in after Christmas to have the IQONIQ logo applied. CLICK HERE to order now. To order any shirt WITH the IQONIQ logo you are strongly advised to order online as quickly as possible (with a click and collect option available) and these orders will all be despatched on 13th December. CLICK HERE to order now. The new shirts also carry the logos of the Club’s Technical Partner, hummel, together with sponsors The Skinny Food Co, Node 4, Davanti Tyres, Fit Remuneration Consultants, CRS, Loch Lomond Whiskies and, on the socks, Pall Mall Carpets. Both shirts also include a QR code inside the neck to provide a ‘unique first’ – a communication feature. Scanning the code on a mobile device displays something special to commemorate the Wigan Club’s 150th year! The 2022 replica home and away shirts, shorts and socks are now on sale and available to buy in our Club Store at Robin Park Arena (open 10am-4pm Mon-Sat) or online. Click and collect is available. CLICK HERE. Both shirts are available in all sizes (from 0-6 months up to 8XL), each priced at £49.99 for Adults and at a very special rate of £29.99 for Juniors as the Club strives to see more youngsters wearing the new shirts and celebrating such an important year in the Club’s history. Mini kits are priced at £29.99 each and, as in previous years, are without the main sponsor logo because of space constraints. Name and number printing on home and away shirts is available for £12. Wigan Warriors Sales Director, Geoff Warburton, commented: “Celebrating 150 years is a massive milestone for any sporting organisation and here at Wigan we wanted to provide a traditionally-focused design for both home and away shirts, yet in modern fabrics and with a modern twist. I am sure that supporters and the whole town will get behind the Club in such an important period of its history and will wear the 150th anniversary shirts with pride. We also want to thank and acknowledge our main partner, IQONIQ, who have been extremely supportive with these unique initiatives.” Kazim Atilla, Founder and CEO of IQONIQ, said: “It is no secret the pandemic has created a very challenging environment for many businesses and sectors and, as with Wigan Warriors, this has been no different for IQONIQ. We are thrilled to have managed our way through this difficult time and want to thank Wigan Warriors for their patience and support. We are excited about the next stage of the partnership, meeting the amazing fans and in delivering a range of exciting initiatives and activations during the coming season.” Hummel Head of Product, Robert Revell, added: “With this being the Club’s 150th year, we wanted to keep the kit very traditional and focus more on the heritage of the Club. After last season’s experimental kit design, which sold extremely well, this was definitely the direction that we wanted to go in this year. “The focus was in creating something around the badge to commemorate the 150 years. We opted for gold to commemorate this and then followed this throughout the shirt with the four World Club Challenge stars appearing on the sleeve. Inside the neck shows a graphic to celebrate the fans of the Club with the 1872-2022 dates either side of a QR Code for fans to scan. “The away kit is very similar in style to the home kit with the focus on heritage. Down the years, the Club has had an affinity with a blue and white colour for alternative kits, and we have taken a blue tone from an old shirt. We also wanted to get the irregular hoop design into the kit as this has been used well historically. “We can’t wait to see the players and fans sporting the new kits.” The post 2022 home & away kits released appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  7. Warriors announce squad numbers for the 2022 season.30 players overall in the first team squad for next year.2022 kits coming soon… Wigan Warriors have released their squad numbers for the 2022 season. There are 30 first team players for next year, with Bevan French (1), Zak Hardaker (3), Liam Marshall (5), Thomas Leuluai (7), Brad Singleton (8), Sam Powell (9), Willie Isa (11), Liam Farrell (12) and John Bateman (13) all retaining their respective numbers from last season. New recruits Iain Thornley (4), Cade Cust (6), Patrick Mago (10), Kaide Ellis (15), Abbas Miski (24) and Ramon Silva (31) have all been given their squad numbers. After an impressive season where he played every minute of every game, Jake Bibby moves up to the No.2 shirt. Morgan Smithies (14), Harry Smith (16), Oliver Partington (17), Ethan Havard (19), Liam Byrne (20), Kai Pearce-Paul (21), Joe Shorrocks (22), Jai Field (23), Sam Halsall (25), James McDonnell (26), Umyla Hanley (27) and Brad O’Neill (28) have all been given new squad numbers. There are also new additions from the Wigan Academy with Alex Sutton (29) and Matty Nicholson (30) both earning first team squad numbers for the first time. Since 2008, the No.18 shirt has been awarded to the Wigan Warriors fans as a way to recognise their valued and loyal support and that is no different for 2022. Wigan Warriors 2022 squad numbers: 1. Bevan French 2. Jake Bibby 3. Zak Hardaker 4. Iain Thornley 5. Liam Marshall 6. Cade Cust 7. Thomas Leuluai 8. Brad Singleton 9. Sam Powell 10. Patrick Mago 11. Willie Isa 12. Liam Farrell 13. John Bateman 14. Morgan Smithies 15. Kaide Ellis 16. Harry Smith 17. Oliver Partington 18. Warriors Fans 19. Ethan Havard 20. Liam Byrne 21. Kai Pearce-Paul 22. Joe Shorrocks 23. Jai Field 24. Abbas Miski 25. Sam Halsall 26. James McDonnell 27. Umyla Hanley 28. Brad O’Neill 29. Alex Sutton 30. Matty Nicholson 31. Ramon Silva Name and number printing will be available on our replica hummel home and away shirts. Our 2022 kits are coming very soon so keep an eye out on our website and social media channels… Once released and on sale, our 2022 kits will be available to purchase online or in person at our Robin Park Arena Club Store – open 10am-4pm Mon-Fri. The post Wigan’s 2022 squad numbers appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  8. Scholarship and Academy squads announced for 2022.18 new Scholarship players confirmed for next year.62 players overall, with 27 amateur clubs represented. Wigan Warriors are delighted to announce the Scholarship and Academy squads for the 2022 season. With Reserves grade set to return in 2022, the youth age bracket for Academy teams has been lowered from Under-19s to Under-18s. Under-17 players also represent the Academy, with Under-16s and Under-15s making up the Scholarship squads. An announcement on Wigan’s Reserves team for 2022 will be made in due course. Overall, there are 62 players as part of Wigan’s youth system for next year – 18 in the Under-15s age group, 19 in the Under-16s, 11 in the Under-17s and 14 in the Under-18s. All 18 in the Under-15s group are new signings from eight different amateur clubs. There are 15 players who have signed Academy contracts and have progressed from Scholarship. With 37 players in the Scholarship squads and 25 in the Academy, 27 amateur clubs are represented overall. Here is the full list of the amateur clubs represented: Leigh Miners Rangers West Bank Bears Woolston Rovers Keighley Albion Orrell St JamesWigan St Judes Blackbrook Rochdale Mayfield Halton Farnworth Hornets Siddal Rylands Sharks Hindley Ashton Bears Leigh East Wigan St Patricks Westhoughton Lions Featherstone Lions Saddleworth Rangers Bank Quay Bulls Kells Crosfields Chorley Panthers Ince Rose Bridge Hensingham Rochdale Mayfield Waterhead Warriors Heworth All Scholarship and Academy players attended two separate launch nights at Robin Park Arena recently with Warriors Head Coach Matt Peet, Head of Youth Darrell Goulding and Player Junior Development Manager Shane Eccles were all attendance. Matt Peet, Darrell Goulding and Shane Eccles all spoke to the youth players as the squads for 2022 were confirmed. See below the full list for each age group in the Scholarship and Academy squads and the amateur clubs they played for and high schools they attend/attended. There are also images of each Scholarship player and the new Academy players who have signed contracts. Scholarship Under-15s (new signings for 2022) Brody Allred (Leigh Miners Rangers & Bedford High School)Cameron Bate (West Bank Bears & St Peter and Paul RC High)Finn Yeomans (Woolston Rovers & Woolston and Lymm High)Hamza Butt (Keighley Albion & Clitheroe Royal Grammar School)Harlen Smith (Orrell St James & St Peter’s Orrell)Jayden Drachenberg (Wigan St Judes & St John Fisher)Joey Prescott (Blackbrook & St Bedes Ormskirk)Josh Swindley (West Bank Bears & St Peter and Paul RC High)Leo Wadsworth (Orrell St James & St Peter’s Orrell)Lewis Owens (West Bank Bears & Weaverham High School)Lucas Hendry (West Bank Bears & Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy)Nathan Benson (Blackbrook & St Cuthberts)Nathaniel Twiss (Blackbrook & Kirkby Stephen Grammar)Rob Bentham (Rochdale Mayfield & Bolton School)Toby Rich (Orrell St James & All Hallows Catholic High School)Tom Bridge (Orrell St James & St Peters Orrell)Michael Porter (Orrell St James & St Peters Orrell)Vinny Arthurs (Leigh Miners Rangers & Saddleworth School) Under-16s (second year Scholars) Kalum Rathbone (Leigh Miners Rangers & St Mary’s RC High School)Keegan Boyd (Leigh Miners Rangers & St John Fisher)Jack Farrimond (Leigh Miners Rangers & St Mary’s RC High School)Trent Kelly-Duffy (Blackbrook & St Cuthberts)Lewis George (Halton Farnworth Hornets & Wade Deacon)Joe Tyrer (Leigh Miners Rangers & St Mary’s RC High School)Luis Houghton (Wigan St Judes & St John Fisher)Lukas Mason (Siddal & Brighouse High)Charlie Yeomans (Rylands Sharks & Lymm High)Taylor Kerr (Wigan St Judes & St John Fisher)Noah Hodkinson (Hindley & West Leigh High)George Green (Ashton Bears & Cansfield)Nathan Lowe (Leigh East & Lowton)Kian McDermott (Wigan St Patricks & Standish)Hayden Grime (Leigh Miners Rangers & St Mary’s RC High School)Matty Thornton (Siddal & Ryburn Valley High School)Josh Cartwright (Wigan St Patricks & Hawkley Hall) Dylan Kelly-Duffy (Blackbrook & St Cuthberts)Jack Lightbown (Westhoughton Lions & Ladybridge High) Brody AllredCameron BateFinn YeomansHamza ButtHarlen SmithJayden DrachenbergJoey Prescott Josh SwindleyLeo WadsworthLewis OwensLucas HendryMichael PorterNathan BensonNathaniel Twiss Rob BenthamTom BridgeToby RichVinny ArthursCharlie YeomansDylan Kelly-DuffyGeorge GreenHayden GrimeJack FarrimondJack LightbownJoe TyrerJosh CartwrightKalum RathboneKeegan BoydKian McDermottLewis GeorgeLuis HoughtonLukas MasonMatty ThorntonNathan LoweNoah HodkinsonTaylor KerrTrent Kelly-Duffy Academy Under-17s (new Academy signings) Reece Kearsley (Orrell St James & St Peter’s Orrell)Maddox Jeffrey (Featherstone Lions / Heworth & Freeston Outwood Academy)George Hough (Saddleworth Rangers & Wardle Academy)Billy Myers (Bank Quay Bulls / Crosfields & Beamont Collegiate Academy)Ryan Brown (Rylands Sharks & Newman High)Joe Baldwin (Orrell St James & St Peter’s Orrell)Tom Ratchford (Leigh Miners Rangers / Wigan St Judes & St John Fisher)Sam Fulton (Kells & St Benedicts)Troy Richmond (Trinity RC College Burnley)Harry Smithers (Crosfields & St Ambrose College)Finn Rogers (Saddleworth Rangers & Saddleworth) Under-18s (second year Academy players) Regan Sumner (Wigan St Judes & St John Fisher)Ethan Fitzgerald (Chorley Panthers & Holy Cross)Jacob Douglas (Saddleworth Rangers / Waterhead Warriors & Saddleworth)Zack Eckersley (Saddleworth Rangers / Waterhead Warriors & Oldham Sixth Form)Reece Bushell (Ince Rose Bridge & St John Fisher)Harvie Hill (Hensingham & St Benedicts)Harvey Makin (Wigan St Judes & Hawkley Hall)Harvey Wilson (Saddleworth Rangers / Waterhead Warriors & Saddleworth School)Max Wood (Rochdale Mayfield & Siddal Moor High School)Lewis Pinder (Wigan St Judes & Deanery) Ellis Hobson (Siddal / West Bowling & Lightcliffe Academy)Junior Nsemba (Wigan St Judes & Deanery)Reece Stanton (Wigan St Judes & Deanery)Finn Beardsworth (Bank Quay Bulls & Lymm High) Ryan BrownJoe BaldwinTom RatchfordMax WoodEthan FitzgeraldMaddox JeffreyBilly MyersTroy RichmondFin BeardsworthSam FultonGeorge HoughHarry SmithersReece KearsleyReece Bushell Head of Youth, Darrell Goulding, said: “We welcome new players to the Scholarship and look forward to watching the news signings at Academy level. We see 2022 being a big year for the Club and look forward to seeing how our youth develops.” Player Junior Development Manager, Shane Eccles, added: “It’s great to welcome all the players into both the Scholarship and Academy squads for 2022. It is an exciting time for the young players and one where they will have to get their head down and work hard in training with the focus of progressing along the player development pathway. The players have all been identified by our talent ID team as having potential to be a first team player. We have a great staff team that are there to support the players every step of the way and we want to see them all progress as players but more importantly as people.” The post Youth squads confirmed for 2022 appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  9. Warriors to host Thursday night under the lights event on Thursday 9th December.Chance for fans to watch the first team train, meet and greet the players and shop late at our Club Store.Get your FREE tickets before it’s too late! Click HERE now! Wigan Warriors are inviting Cherry and White fans to be part of our ‘Thursday night under the lights’ event at Robin Park Arena on Thursday 9th December with the chance to watch the first team train. An open training session will take place on the field at Robin Park Arena with fans having the opportunity to watch from the sidelines and in the seated stand. There will also be a chance to meet the players – including our new signings Abbas Miski, Patrick Mago, Kaide Ellis, Cade Cust, Iain Thornley and Ramon Silva – as well as our new Coaching Team with a meet and greet session straight after the training session has ended. You can have pictures, selfies and autographs with every player, but we remind all fans that due to Club Covid-19 protocols that we politely ask for pictures and interaction with players to remain socially distanced. There will be plenty of entertainment too for lots of family fun, including the Davanti passing challenge, dancing from our Warrior Girls, music, memorable Wigan moments on a big screen and an appearance from the one and only, Mighty Max! Our Women’s, PDRL, LDRL and Wheelchair teams will all be in attendance too. The night will also see the launch of late-night shopping at our Club Store. As we count down the days until Christmas, our Store will be open late every Thursday so make sure to make use of the opening times and get the Warrior gifts you need to make someone’s Christmas this year! Fans can also buy 2022 season tickets on the night from our Store! Juniors who sign-up for season tickets will receive a free gift! Click HERE for all the season ticket details for next year. Food and beverage stalls will be available on the outdoor running track, including Baldy’s Pies, Just for You Fish and Chips, Roaming Spirit and Sweet Life Online. This is a ticketed event and due to capacity space, numbers are restricted so please make sure you book to confirm your place and to avoid disappointment. Tickets are free, all you need to do is fill in our short form HERE and you will receive booking confirmation. Please show the confirmation on arrival on the night. Doors will open from 4pm, with the training session set to take place at 6pm. The meet and greet session will begin at 7pm with the event set to end at 8pm. Our Club Store will remain open until 8:30pm for you to call in on the way out and purchase any extra bits. The post Thursday night under the lights appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  10. Wigan Warriors’ 2022 Betfred Super League fixtures have been released. On the back of the announcement that Betfred Super League will be broadcast on both Sky Sports and Channel 4 in 2022, Super League have confirmed the full fixture schedule for the upcoming season. The regular season will see each team play 27 fixtures – 13 home and 13 away, plus Magic Weekend at St James’ Park. 2022 will see Wigan take on four teams three times, including newcomers and French outfit Toulouse Olympique, as well as St Helens, Hull KR, Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity. As announced on Wednesday night, the Warriors will start the new season with a trip to Hull KR on Friday 11th February (8pm kick-off). Wigan’s first home game will come in Round 2 against Leeds Rhinos on Friday 18th February (8pm kick-off). This game will be a ‘War of the Roses’ clash as Wigan of Lancashire and Leeds of Yorkshire go head-to-head in what is always an intriguing battle. Rounds 4 and 5 will see Wigan create history as they take on the ‘Tour De France’! The Warriors will become the first Betfred Super League team to play two separate French teams away in the same week. First up is new boys Toulouse Olympique as Wigan travel to the Stade Ernest Wallon on Saturday 5th March (6pm kick-off) to play Toulouse for the first time ever. A week later on Saturday 12th March, Wigan will head to the Stade Gilbert Brutus to face Catalans Dragons (6pm kick-off). Details on travel packages for fans wanting to attend both games will be released in due course. Rivals Round will take place in Round 8 as Wigan travel over Billinge Hill to take on St Helens in the Good Friday Derby. In what is always a full-bloodied encounter, the Warriors will face Saints on 15th April (3pm kick-off). Just three days after Good Friday, Wakefield Trinity are the visitors to the DW Stadium (3pm kick-off) as Wigan host Family Fun Day. Monday 18th April will see the Warriors host a fun, family summer event at Robin Park Arena and inside the DW prior to the game. Full details on what’s in store on the day will be released closer to the time. Rounds 10-15 will see Wigan play away from the DW as the annual relaying of the stadium pitch takes place. During that time, the Warriors will travel to Warrington Wolves, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Castleford Tigers and Salford Red Devils. Wigan return home on Friday 24th June (8pm kick-off) as Toulouse come to town for the very first time. This will be Armed Forces Day as the Warriors will pay tribute to all service personnel and military veterans who made and continue to make sacrifices for their country. As announced earlier this week, the Magic Weekend has a new date in the calendar, being played at St James’ Park on 9th and 10th July. In Round 18, Wigan take on Saints in Newcastle on Saturday 9th July (4:45pm kick-off). Friday 5th August will see Wigan host Warrington (8pm kick-off) in what will be Heritage Day at the DW Stadium. 2022 is the Club’s 150th year and to commemorate such a historic occasion, the Warriors will mark the Warrington fixture as a day of celebration. On 18th January 1873, Wigan played their first ever game as a Rugby League Club – against Warrington and Round 22 next season will see the whole Club – including a host of past players – come together to celebrate 150 years of history. Wigan will play Toulouse for a second time at home on Friday 19th August (8pm kick-off). This game will see the Warriors celebrate Wigan Pride – working and engaging with charities and local LGBTQ+ groups and initiatives to make it a day of celebrating inclusivity and respect within society and Rugby League. Round 25 will see St Helens make the short trip to Wigan on Friday 26th August (8pm kick-off). The two arch rivals will lock horns for a third time in 2022. Like 2021, Wigan will end the regular Betfred Super League season at home to Catalans Dragons. Kicking off at 3pm on Saturday 3rd September – the same time as every other fixture on the final day of regular season action – the Warriors will celebrate key workers. Similarly to how the Club provided free tickets for all key workers in the final regular game in 2021, the Warriors will once again show their appreciation to those who have worked tirelessly throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Wigan’s two opening games against Hull KR and Leeds, as well as the two home games against Castleford and Hull, Good Friday Derby against St Helens and trip to Warrington in Round 11 will all be broadcast live on Sky Sports. The Warriors’ home game against Salford in Round 10 will be shown live on Channel 4 – Wigan’s first ever Super League game to be broadcast free-to-air. See Wigan’s full fixture list below: Round 1: Hull KR, Friday 11th February, 8pm, Hull College Craven Park, Live on Sky Round 2: Leeds Rhinos, Friday 18th February, 8pm, DW Stadium, Live on Sky Round 3: Huddersfield Giants, Thursday 24th February, 8pm, DW StadiumRound 4: Toulouse Olympique, Saturday 5th March, 6pm, Stade Ernest WallonRound 5: Catalans Dragons, Saturday 12th March, 6pm, Stade Gilbert BrutusRound 6: Castleford Tigers, Thursday 17th March, 8pm, DW Stadium, Live on SkyRound 7: Hull FC, Thursday 31st March, 8pm, DW Stadium, Live on SkyRound 8: St Helens, Friday 15th April, 3pm, Totally Wicked Stadium, Live on SkyRound 9: Wakefield Trinity, Monday 18th April, 3pm, DW StadiumRound 10: Salford Red Devils, Sunday 24th April, 1pm, DW Stadium, Live on Channel 4Round 11: Warrington Wolves, Friday 29th April, 8pm, Halliwell Jones Stadium, Live on SkyRound 12: Huddersfield Giants, Friday 13th May, 7:45pm, The John Smith’s StadiumRound 13: Hull FC, Saturday 21st May, 3pm, MKM StadiumRound 14: Castleford Tigers, Friday 3rd June, 8pm, Mend-A-Hose JungleRound 15: Salford Red Devils, Sunday 12th June, 3pm, AJ Bell StadiumRound 16: Toulouse Olympique, Friday 24th June, 8pm, DW Stadium Round 17: Wakefield Trinity, Sunday 3rd July, 3pm, Mobile Rocket StadiumRound 18: St Helens, Saturday 9th July, 4:45pm, St James’ Park (Magic Weekend)Round 19: Hull FC, Friday 15th July, 8pm, DW StadiumRound 20: Leeds Rhinos, Thursday 21st July, 8pm, Emerald Headingley StadiumRound 21: Hull KR, Friday 29th July, 8pm, DW StadiumRound 22: Warrington Wolves, Friday 5th August, 8pm, DW StadiumRound 23: Wakefield Trinity, Sunday 14th August, 3pm, Mobile Rocket StadiumRound 24: Toulouse Olympique, Friday 19th August, 8pm, DW StadiumRound 25: St Helens, Friday 26th August, 8pm, DW StadiumRound 26: Hull KR, Monday 29th August, 3pm, Hull College Craven ParkRound 27: Catalans Dragons, Saturday 3rd September, 3pm, DW Stadium The end of season Play-Off series will again see the top six ranked teams battle it out to reach Old Trafford. The top two teams at the end of the regular season will be just 80 minutes from the Grand Final and receive a bye in week one before facing the winners from third versus sixth and fourth versus fifth. Old Trafford will host the Betfred Super League Grand Final on Saturday 24 September, the 25th occurrence of the biggest night in Super League. Make it Wigan in 2022 and celebrate our 150th year with a Wigan Warriors season ticket. Supporting Wigan is about more than just going to a game. It’s about something bigger, something special. Its about playing our own individual role in helping the Club succeed. Buy your season ticket today. Click HERE for all the details. The post Wigan’s 2022 fixtures appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  11. Wigan to face Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos in opening two games of 2022 season.Warriors to travel to Hull in Round 1 and host Leeds in Round 2. Both games to be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Wigan Warriors will face Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos in their opening two Betfred Super League games of the 2022 season. It is a trip away to Hull first up as Matt Peet takes charge of his first league game as Wigan Head Coach. The Warriors will travel to KCOM Craven Park on Friday 11th February for an 8pm kick-off. Round 2 will see the Warriors host Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium in their first home game of the new campaign. Wigan will welcome Leeds on Friday 18th February for an 8pm kick-off. Both games will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Wigan’s 2022 fixtures will be released tomorrow morning so make sure to stay tuned across our website and social media channels to see the list in full. Make it Wigan in 2022 and celebrate our 150th year with a Wigan Warriors season ticket. Supporting Wigan is about more than just going to a game. It’s about something bigger, something special. Its about playing our own individual role in helping the Club succeed. Buy your season ticket today. Click HERE for all the details. The post Wigan’s R1 & 2 fixtures released appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  12. Wigan Warriors are delighted to announce a U13s (Year 9) Winter England Talent Pathway programme. The ETP Futures programme will be run on three consecutive Mondays in December for any U13s Boys (Year 9). The sessions will run in 2 x 1-hour sessions to allow as many people as possible to attend the sessions. Due to restrictions spaces are limited to 60 people per session and will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Dates of sessions are as below: Monday 6th DecemberMonday 13th DecemberMonday 20th December All sessions are from 6pm-7pm & 7pm-8pm Register HERE for the sessions. Speaking on the sessions, Shane Eccles, Junior Player Development Manager, said: “We have recently held an ETP programme for boys in Year 10 & 11 which has been a resounding success and we are delighted to now be able to offer this opportunity to players in Year 9. “With the community game now on a break it is a great opportunity for us to work with local players to help them develop and improve their skills. The players will have opportunities to work on their core skills, develop decision making and work on their contact and defensive skills through a variety of drills and games in the sessions. We are looking forward to welcoming the players and helping them improve and develop through these sessions.” If you have any questions please feel free to contact us by email: youthperformance@wiganwarriors.com The post U13s Futures programme appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  13. Following fan feedback we have extended the season ticket renewal date by a further 7 days – with the new deadline set at Friday 3rd December. The extension allows fans an additional week to purchase at the reduced renewal price, offering you that little bit more time to take advantage of the offer. Save your seat renewal will remain as Friday 26th November, season tickets must be purchased before this date to guarantee that you keep your preferred seat for the 2022 season. Pricing Ways to pay Season Ticket Holders have two options for 2022. You can pay in full for your 2022 season ticket with a debit or credit card, or spread the cost and ease the impact of your payment over 9 or 6 manageable instalments with our easy payment plan. Fees may apply. How to buy Via the Wigan Warriors website – wwrl.net/2022STIn person – Visit the DW Stadium ticket office, Loire Drive, WN5 0UH.Phone – Call 01942 311111 (open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm).Warriors’ easy payment plan – The easiest way to manage your season ticket payment, the finance option allows you to spread the cost of your season ticket over a series of monthly instalments. Car parking Car parking passes are also now available for the 2022 Betfred Super League season. Passes for car parks 3 and 4 are available at £40 each for the new season. Please note that the pass is for the 13 regular Betfred Super League home games only. This does not include Betfred Challenge Cup or Betfred Super League Play-Off games. You can buy your pass by clicking HERE, calling the DW Stadium Ticket Office on 01942 311111 or visiting in person. The post Renewal deadline extended appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  14. Super League live on free-to-air television for first time ever.Ten live matches each year including two end of year Play-Off games.New season to kick-off on Thursday 10th February with full fixtures released on Thursday 25th November. Super League have announced a landmark deal which will see Channel 4 broadcast Betfred Super League matches in 2022. This initial two-year partnership will see matches broadcast free-to-air for the first time in the competition’s 26-year history. Channel 4 will broadcast 10 live games each season, starting with Leeds Rhinos hosting Warrington Wolves on Saturday 12th February (12:30pm). The remaining nine games will be spread across the season and will include two end of season Play-Off fixtures. The 2021 Betfred Super League season saw record viewing figures with more games than ever attracting over 200,000 live viewers. By offering sports fans the opportunity to watch games via a free-to-air broadcaster, these figures will continue to show significant growth in 2022. Ken Davy, Super League chairman, said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm a brand-new broadcast partnership with Channel 4. They have a great track record of showing some of the best sporting competitions. “The opportunity to offer live Betfred Super League action to fans on a free-to-air platform across the whole season is fantastic and one that we hope will continue to serve our current fans, as well as attract many new fans to the sport. “I must thank our principal broadcast partner, Sky Sports, without whose support this partnership would not have been possible.” Peter Andrews, Channel 4 Head of Sport, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be bringing Super League to free to air television for the first time in its history, it’s fantastic news for Rugby League fans and it’s a really special addition to Channel 4’s sports portfolio particularly since it’s one of our first major partnerships since moving to our new National HQ building at the Majestic in Leeds.” The 2022 Betfred Super League season kicks off on Thursday 10th February. Full fixtures for next season are scheduled to be announced on Thursday 25th November 2021. The post Channel 4 to broadcast SL appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  15. We are pleased to announce that our Winter Warrior programme will return across four Saturdays in January 2022, before the start of the 2022 season. The four-week training programme for boys and girls aged 9-14 will see participants train at Robin Park Arena, the home of Wigan Warriors. They will take part in a range of multi-disciplinary activities to improve the overall quality of their Rugby performance. From core skill to athletic development and game scenarios, each week the Wigan Warriors coaches will lead a range of activities that develop all of these areas. Each booking will include the following: FREE junior 2022 season ticket.FREE Winter Warrior training t-shirt.Four weeks of high quality coaching (Saturday 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th January). We have an early-bird offer for anyone who books before the end of 2021. The cost of booking is £25 until 31st December 2021, any bookings made after 31st December 2021 will be priced at £39. Book online HERE. For more information, please email community@wiganwarriors.com The post Winter Warrior appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  16. Wigan Warriors Community Foundation and the first team playing squad are heading out in person into the community for Warriors Unite. Throughout the UK lockdown at the start of 2021, the Community Foundation created a new style of delivery, offering virtual alternatives to its usual programmes and keeping members of the community connected with free online activities. Now, the programme Warriors Unite returns in person as the Foundation staff and first team players aim to reach out to children and adults and provide interactive, engaging activities so they can be active, have fun and feel part of the community. As Covid-19 restrictions are now fully lifted, Wigan Warriors hope to unite the town by getting out and about and delivering sessions for people of all ages. During lockdown, many children were unable to stay active and elderly people were unable to get out of the house. Now, Warriors Unite aims to have an impact on all areas of the borough by working with schools and community groups in the most deprived and hard to reach areas of Wigan. Taking place every Friday afternoon, Foundation staff and players are going out to deliver engaging sessions in person in high schools, primary schools and at Robin Park Arena. The delivery is also being extended to the Foundation’s community groups such as Touch Rugby League and Rugby Memories, as well as visiting the Rainbow Ward at Wigan Infirmary. Last Friday saw the Warriors deliver sessions for the first time as part of the programme’s return. Week one saw the Warriors in the Ashton and Bryn area, with 23 players on hand to help four visits and one session at Robin Park Arena. Here are the places where the Warriors visited on Friday: Week 1 – Friday 19th November Cansfield High SchoolSt John Fisher High School at Robin Park ArenaNicol Mere Primary SchoolR L Hughes Primary SchoolRugby Memories at Bryn Labour Club Take a look at our full gallery below from last Friday: Warriors Head Coach, Matt Peet, said: “The players and staff have really enjoyed it and met some quality people. We hope that the people we have met have enjoyed it and that we have made a positive impression. We will build on this now, it is central to our philosophy as a group.” Community Primary Schools’ Partnership Officer, Guy Wood, added: “Days like these are great for the community of Wigan. It’s really important that we leave a lasting legacy and unite the community by providing enjoyable and engaging sessions for everyone to access.” In the next three weeks, the Warriors will be going to more schools, hosting more sessions at Robin Park Arena and visiting children in the Rainbow Ward at Wigan Infirmary. Here is the full list of where they will be heading… Week 2 – Friday 26th November Deans Trust High SchoolStandish High School at Robin Park ArenaSt Mary’s (Platt Bridge) Primary SchoolPlatt Bridge Community Primary SchoolSt Peter’s (Bryn) Primary School Week 3 – Friday 3rd December Hindley High SchoolHawkley Hall High School at Robin Park ArenaSacred Hart (Hindley) Primary SchoolSt Benedicts Primary SchoolRainbow WardRugby Memories Christmas Party at Robin Park Arena Week 4 – Friday 10th December St Peter’s (Orrell) High SchoolShevington High School at Robin Park ArenaOrrell St James Primary SchoolLamberhead Green Primary SchoolRainbow WardRugby Memories Christmas Party at Robin Park Arena The post Warriors Unite – Week 1 appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  17. Warriors Unite is back and this time the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation and first team players are heading out in person into the community. The Warriors Unite programme offers the chance for Foundation staff and first team players to get out and about around Wigan to deliver engaging sessions for people of all ages. The Warriors hosted the project earlier in 2021, offering virtual sessions during lockdown. This time, staff and players are going out to deliver the sessions in person. Sessions are taking place every Friday for four weeks in high schools and primary schools across Wigan, as well as at Robin Park Arena. The delivery is also being extended to the Foundation’s community events such as Touch Rugby League and Rugby Memories, as well as visiting the Rainbow Ward at Wigan Infirmary. Last Friday saw staff and players heading out and delivering sessions for the first time as part of the programme’s return. Week one saw the Warriors in the Ashton and Bryan area, with 23 players on hand to help four visits and one session at Robin Park Arena. Here are the places where the Warriors visited on Friday: Week 1 – Friday 19th November Cansfield High SchoolSt John Fisher High School at Robin Park ArenaNicol Mere Primary SchoolR L Hughes Primary SchoolRugby Memories at Bryn Labour Club Take a look at our full gallery below from Friday: St John Fisher High School at Robin Park Arena.Joe Shorrocks and Liam Byrne delivered a session to children from St John Fisher High School.New signing Kaide Ellis visited R L Hughes Primary School.Assistant Coach Lee Briers was in attendance at Nicol Mere Primary School.Warriors players speak to the children in an assembly at R L Hughes Primary School.Sam Powell interacts with children at Nicol Mere Primary School.New recruit Abbas Miski at Nicol Mere Primary School.Matty Nicholson, Jake Bibby and Harry Smith have a game of dominos with the Rugby Memories group at Bryn Labour Club. In the next three weeks, the Warriors will be going to more schools, hosting more sessions at Robin Park Arena and visiting children in the Rainbow Ward at Wigan Infirmary. Here is where they will be heading… Week 2 – Friday 26th November Deans Trust High SchoolStandish High School at Robin Park ArenaSt Mary’s (Platt Bridge) Primary SchoolPlatt Bridge Community Primary SchoolSt Peter’s (Bryn) Primary School Week 3 – Friday 3rd December Hindley High SchoolHawkley Hall High School at Robin Park ArenaSacred Hart (Hindley) Primary SchoolSt Benedicts Primary SchoolRainbow WardRugby Memories Christmas Party at Robin Park Arena Week 4 – Friday 10th December St Peter’s (Orrell) High SchoolShevington High School at Robin Park ArenaOrrell St James Primary SchoolLamberhead Green Primary SchoolRainbow WardRugby Memories Christmas Party at Robin Park Arena The post Warriors Unite is back appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  18. Wigan Warriors recently hosted Wigan & Leigh School finals at Robin Park Arena across two dates. Year 7 & Year 9 Finals On Thursday 4th November, St Peter’s and Standish contested a very close and tense year 7 final, which resulted in St Peter’s scoring a last-minute try to take the spoils. This was followed by St Peter’s and St John Fisher battling it out for the year 9 trophy. St Peter’s proved too strong on the night and despite a valiant effort from St John Fisher, it was St Peter’s who finished as convincing winners. Year 8 & Year 10 Finals The other two finals took place on Tuesday 9th November. In the year 8 final, the game was perfectly poised between St John Fisher and Standish, after a real end-to-end first half. However, Standish started much brighter in the second half and were able to run in several well-worked tries to be crowned deserving winners. The final game was the eagerly anticipated year 10 final between St John Fisher and St Peter’s. St John Fisher produced a clinical performance on the night and were simply too good, taking a thoroughly deserved victory. All teams involved in the finals will now go on to represent Wigan and Leigh in the North West Counties competition and will hope to progress to the National stages. Neil Ashton of Wigan & Leigh schools said: “It was fantastic to see the culmination of the Wigan & Leigh Champion Schools Competition, over two evenings at Robin Park Arena, after an enforced two-year break. Those lucky enough to be in attendance were treated to some scintillating rugby and it was clear to see that none of the skill, commitment, and passion for school’s rugby has been lost. “We would like to thank Wigan Warriors and the Community Foundation for helping to organise these finals and allowing the games to be played at Robin Park. We are always delighted to be able to use this prestigious venue. Special thanks go to Joe Shorrocks, Ollie Partington, Sean O’Loughlin, and Matt Peet for giving up their time to present the medals and trophies – it sends such a reassuring message to know that Wigan Warriors, supports and recognises the value of schools rugby.” Danny Fullerton, Rugby Development Manager at Wigan Warriors Community Foundation said: “Wigan Warriors Community Foundation is heavily invested in school rugby and supporting all playing opportunities. Working in partnership with Wigan and Leigh schools hosting the finals at Robin Park Arena has been a huge success with some high-quality games on show; spread over two evenings. This is now part of our annual rugby calendar, and we are looking to build on this event and offer more opportunities for all schools to participate at Robin Park in the future.” The post Wigan & Leigh School finals appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  19. Details of the 2022 Magic Weekend have today been confirmed with Wigan Warriors set to face St Helens at St James’ Park, Newcastle on Saturday 9th July (4:45pm K.O.). A fantastic weekend of Betfred Super League action awaits fans in Newcastle and for the first time ever Magic Weekend will be played in the middle of summer with the event taking place on 9th and 10th July. The event will be hosted by Newcastle United for the sixth time, having first been held in the North-East in 2015. Saturday kicks-off with newly promoted Toulouse Olympique facing Wakefield Trinity before Wigan take on local rivals Saints in The Derby. The first day finishes with a West Yorkshire derby as Leeds Rhinos go up against Castleford Tigers. Sunday opens with Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils before last season’s League Leaders Catalans Dragons play Warrington Wolves. The final game of the weekend sees Hull FC take on Hull KR. Super League Chief Commercial Officer, Rhodri Jones, said: “It was great to be back in Newcastle in 2021, and even more so with fans back in the stadium. We are delighted to be returning to St James’ Park in 2022 and I must thank the football club, Newcastle City Council and NE1 for showing us so much support. “I look forward to seeing the stadium, fan zone and city brimming with Rugby League fans again next year.” Fixture format Magic Weekend fixtures have been kept to the same format used in previous years, where teams are matched based on the position they finished in the league the previous season. The formula used for deciding fixtures is 1st v 3rd, 2nd v 4th, 5th v 7th, 6th v 8th, 9th v 11th and 10th v 12th. Ticket information Tickets for the 2022 Magic Weekend will go on sale from 9am on Monday 29th November via superleague.co.uk. Wigan Warriors Season Ticket Holders can claim a 50% discount on their ticket when purchased via the Club. Fixtures SATURDAY 9th JULY Wakefield Trinity v Toulouse Olympique (2:30pm)St Helens v Wigan Warriors (4:45pm)Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers (7pm) SUNDAY 10th JULY Huddersfield Giants v Salford Red Devils (1pm)Catalans Dragons v Warrington Wolves (3:15pm)Hull KR v Hull FC (5:30pm) The post Wigan to face Saints at Magic appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  20. New Loch Lomond Whiskies Legends interview with Shaun Wane.Interview filmed in front of a live audience at Robin Park Arena. Watch the full feature below as Kris Radlinski chats with Wane. In the third episode of the Loch Lomond Whiskies Legends series Kris Radlinski sits down with Shaun Wane. In the #SpritOfTheWarriors, the Loch Lomond Whiskies series sees Executive Director Radlinski chat with a number of Club legends to discuss their time at Wigan Warriors. The latest interview was recorded in front of a live audience at Robin Park Arena as Wane reflects on his playing and coaching career with Wigan, as well as his new and current role as Leadership and Management Director at the Club. Wane offers his thoughts on Wigan’s 2021 season and the newly appointed Head Coach Matt Peet. He provides an update on full back Bevan French and talks about his preparations for the World Cup as England Head Coach. With an audience watching on, Wane also answers a number of questions from fans. All the images from the recording of the interview. Credit: Bryan Fowler. After being published on Wigan TV on Friday, the full 65-minute interview is now available to watch below. Warning: Please note that the interview contains language some may find offensive. Make it Wigan in 2022 and celebrate our 150th year with a Wigan Warriors season ticket. Supporting Wigan is about more than just going to a game. It’s about something bigger, something special. Its about playing our own individual role in helping the Club succeed. Buy your season ticket today. Click HERE for all the details. The post LLW Legends series: Shaun Wane appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  21. Wigan Warriors’ Steve Mort and Ben Seward have both been named in a first official England Community Lions Physical Disability squad. Following confirmation that there will be a PDRL tournament as part of next year’s Rugby League World Cup, a 24-strong squad has been announced today (Sunday). This week’s announcement of the new schedule for RLWC2021 following its postponement to the autumn of 2022 included details of a six-team PDRL competition to be based in Warrington, with teams from Australia and New Zealand travelling to take on the four home nations. The players hopeful of inclusion in the England squad have endured a frustrating 12 months since the national PDRL team was formed last autumn as part of the RFL’s Community Lions programme. But despite the difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, there are now more players than ever aiming to impress head coach Shaun Briscoe – the former Wigan, Hull, Hull KR and Widnes full back, who represented England on 11 occasions between 2004-2009. Rugby League broke new ground this year with the sport’s first ever ‘classification day’ for the Physical Disability game as part of the selection process for the PDRL World Cup. All 24 players have been through the process, which assessed and categorised physical impairments using the Activity Alliance (formerly the English Federation of Disability Sports) profiling system. Shaun Briscoe said: “The World Cup announcement was really exciting for everyone involved in Physical Disability Rugby League, and I know the lads will be buzzing when we meet up. This is a provisional squad, selected on form during the 2021 season, but there is still plenty of time for other players to make their case.” Chris Godfrey, the RFL’s Social and Inclusion Manager, added: “This is a landmark moment for Rugby League and PDRL as a sport. It is the first England squad ever named and the first international Rugby League team in the world that has been through a robust classification process. These are huge strides for the sport especially coming out of lockdowns and the global pandemic. We know how emotive this can be and whilst the 24 named in this squad should be extremely proud of their selection, all others that have been through this process should be proud as well and continue to work hard going into next season.” England Community Lions PDRL squad Mike Addison, Jamie Barnett, Tom Bayliss (all Warrington Wolves), Pete Clarke (Leeds Rhinos), Adam Fleming (Wakefield Trinity), Scott Gobin (Leeds Rhinos), Mark Gummerson (Castleford Tigers), Nick Horner (Leeds Rhinos), Lewis Kennedy (Warrington Wolves), Nick Kennedy (Castleford Tigers), Connor Lynes (Wakefield Trinity), Adam Morris (Warrington Wolves), Steve Mort (Wigan Warriors), Ben Nicholson, Callum Parkinson (both Wakefield Trinity), Tommy Pouncey, Harvey Redmonds (both Leeds Rhinos), Ben Seward (Wigan Warriors), Tony Seward, Barry Whalley, Josh Whipday (all Warrington Wolves), Keenan Wilkes (Castleford Tigers), Chris Young, Sam Zellar (both Leeds Rhinos). The post Two Warriors in England PDRL squad appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  22. With less than one week to go until renewal deadline, make it count and get your Wigan Warriors 2022 Season Ticket today! Key Dates Renewal deadline – 2021 season ticket holders have until 26th November 2021 to renew and keep their current seat plus receive the renewal discount. Early Bird Deadline – new season ticket purchasers can receive the early bird discount up to and including the 31st December 2021. 2022 season ticket prices will revert to full price following this date. Early Bird Early bird allows new season ticket purchases to secure their seat for 2022 at a reduced price. Savings of up to £57 can be made on an adult season ticket if you buy before 31st December 2021. All the information on prices, how to buy and terms & conditions can be found HERE. The post Make it Count appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  23. Kick-start your career in fitness with Wigan Warriors Education. We are pleased to annouce our latest Adult Education course offerings. We have both the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym Based Exercise) and the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport. We will enrol in December with the course start date being Tuesday 4th January. Both courses are blended learning so theory will be completed online via the Competence app with Zoom teaching sessions, then there will be 5 face to face workshops at Robin Park Arena on the following dates: Saturday 15th JanuarySaturday 29th JanuarySaturday 12th FebruarySaturday 26th FebruarySaturday 12th March Funding is available for anyone with a Greater Manchester or Preston postcode. Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym Based Exercise) Become a qualified Fitness Instructor. The aim of this qualification is to train learners to a professionally competent level, enabling them to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise sessions within a gym or health club environment. Level 2 Certificate in Strength & Conditioning for Sport The Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Strength and Conditioning focuses on the skills and competencies required to be able to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of linked and progressive strength and conditioning coaching sessions, preparing the learner for potential employment as a strength and conditioning coach. What do the qualifications cover? Complete your training in a high-performance training facility alongside your fellow trainee instructors. Engage in a mix of practical and theory-based sessions. Complete a digital course portfolio. Plan for and deliver a series of practical gym-based sessions. A blended course with theory sessions complete online and practical gym-based sessions at Robin Park Arena. To register your interest for either course or find out more, contact Mike Ward, Adult Learning Coordinator at mike.ward@wiganwarriors.com Funding Eligibility: Must be 19+ years oldMust not already be on a Government funded courseMust already have a minimum Level 2 in any subject/qualificationLive in the Greater Manchester area The post Adult Education Courses appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  24. Employer: Wigan Warriors Role: Women’s Super League Physiotherapist Location: Robin Park Arena Job Type: Part-time (8 hours per week, includes weekend/bank holiday) Salary: To be determined Closing Date: Tuesday 30/11/2021 Overview: Wigan Warriors Women are looking to appoint a qualified Sports Physiotherapist to assist as part of their Super League programme. Your Credentials: The post-holder must be a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist, and registered member of The Health and Care Professions Council. A minimum of 1 year post-graduate experience and have some experience of working within a rugby league or a professional sports team environment.Communication and interpersonal skills are crucial to the role.Current RFU/RFL pitchside/IMMOF qualification or equivalent is desirable along with a comprehensive CPD Portfolio with evidence of interest in sports medicine/sports physiotherapy. Job Description: The successful candidate will report to the Head Coach of the Women’s Rugby League team as part of the multi-disciplinary performance team. Working primarily with the Wigan Warriors female programmes, duties will include: Assessment, Screening and Rehabilitation of all Wigan Warriors female players. Design and implement management plans for all Female players. Provide Pitch-Side Care for all female matches. Carry out appropriate record keeping of all Injuries. Complete general department management and liaise closely with senior staff. How to apply: To apply, please send your full CV and Cover Letter with Current Remuneration by email to info@wiganwarriors.com referencing the name of the position you are applying for. Closing date: 30th November 2021 Interview dates: 3rd December 2021 The post Vacancy: Women’s Physiotherapist appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  25. Take a look at the images from day 4 of pre-season training. Players continue to work hard during first week of training.Full gallery from Robin Park Arena below. The Wigan Warriors first team continue to put the hard work in during the first week of pre-season training. See the images from day 4 below! Whilst we await the arrivals of new recruits Patrick Mago and Cade Cust, plus the players who featured in the international games earlier this month, the rest of the first team have been putting in plenty of work. After Wednesday’s confirmation they had both signed two-year deals with the Club, new signings Iain Thornley and Ramon Silva have both started pre-season training. The team have been putting in the graft in the gym and on the 3G pitches at Robin Park Arena, including running, wrestling and rugby ball passing sessions, strength challenges and workout exercises. For training, the players have been wearing teamwear from our 2022 hummel primary training range, including the Captains Run T and Primary Overhead Hoody, which you can buy HERE. There are more primary training ranges still to be released so make to stay tuned to our website and social media channels to see when they are available at our Club Store! See all the images below from day 4 of pre-season! Credit: John Baldwin Make it Wigan in 2022 and celebrate our 150th year with a Wigan Warriors season ticket. Supporting Wigan is about more than just going to a game. It’s about something bigger, something special. It’s about playing our own individual role in helping the Club succeed. Buy your season ticket today. Click HERE for all the details. The post Pre-season day 4 gallery appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
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