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The World Club challenge is only a month away.

The Roosters seem like a very strong team if they send their best squad.

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Angus Crichton (Rabbitohs), Ryan Hall (Leeds), Brett Morris (Bulldogs), Brock Lamb (Knights), Bernard Lewis, Egan Butcher, Josh Curran, Shaquai Mitchell.

Unsigned/Losses

Blake Ferguson (Eels), Frank-Paul Nuuausala (retired), Paul Momirovski (Wests Tigers), Sean O'Sullivan (Broncos), Ryan Matterson (Wests Tigers), Kurt Baptiste (Cowboys), Billy Smith, Eloni Vunakece, Matt Ikuvalu, Mitch Cornish, Reece Robinson.

Exclude Dylan Napa from that squad he is at the Dogs now.

What sort of team can we expect from Wigan under their new Coach.

 

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They’ve lost Bateman and Sutton to Canberra, and replaced Tomkins with Hardaker, and added Sammut in the halves. Whilst that wont make waves in Oz it could help Lam deliver a more expansive style. Wigan have a very proven track record of relying on youth in SL, but when SL clubs have unveiled a new generation in the WCC in recent years it has looked a bit men against boys. That said I’m looking forward to a good contest

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Sadly can't see anything other than Wigan copping a hiding. Robinson is usually pretty respectful of the WCC so expect a pretty close to full strength team.

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1 hour ago, Allora said:

The World Club challenge is only a month away.

The Roosters seem like a very strong team if they send their best squad.

2019_squads_roosters-1.jpg?center=0.3%2C0.5&preset=photo-inline  

New faces

Angus Crichton (Rabbitohs), Ryan Hall (Leeds), Brett Morris (Bulldogs), Brock Lamb (Knights), Bernard Lewis, Egan Butcher, Josh Curran, Shaquai Mitchell.

Unsigned/Losses

Blake Ferguson (Eels), Frank-Paul Nuuausala (retired), Paul Momirovski (Wests Tigers), Sean O'Sullivan (Broncos), Ryan Matterson (Wests Tigers), Kurt Baptiste (Cowboys), Billy Smith, Eloni Vunakece, Matt Ikuvalu, Mitch Cornish, Reece Robinson.

Exclude Dylan Napa from that squad he is at the Dogs now.

What sort of team can we expect from Wigan under their new Coach.

 

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Defensively Wigan is pretty sound and they will obviously be up for it at home, so hopefully can keep it tight. It's hard to see them causing the roosters too many problems, but you never know. With Hardaker, Sarginson, Gildart, Williams, O'Loughlin, Farrell and others, there's plenty of guys who have done a decent job at test level before. Hardly men against boys if Wigan are at full strength (though they will miss Bateman!)

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10 hours ago, cookey said:

It should be a good occassion which is just as important as the final score,as long as it's competitive.Sales seem to have picked up over the past week,so lets hope for another 20,000 + attendance.

struggling for a crowd like that there is no promotion of the game whatsoever if anyone is treating it as a warm up its wigan.

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Wigan have generally struggled in these games in recent years. This is largely because they generally seem to be a team in transition when they play these games and often look off the pace early in the season. It will be interesting to see the difference with Lam in charge.

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13 hours ago, cookey said:

You haven't got an intelligent,constructive cell in your head have you?

jeez who rattled your cage? its a fact wigan haven't promoted the game at all and as things stand will be lucky to get 20 thou, hopefully things will pick up as we get nearer.

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14 hours ago, Damien said:

Wigan have generally struggled in these games in recent years. This is largely because they generally seem to be a team in transition when they play these games and often look off the pace early in the season. It will be interesting to see the difference with Lam in charge.

They did OK v the Sharks in early 2017! ...Escare had a big game in his first competitive game for Wigan and they won convincingly... 

I see the Roosters as clear favourites for this however Wigan won't be a easy beat and this will be competitive with a Wigan win possible. 

Its a very different scenario from going down under to play the WCC. 

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On 1/15/2019 at 6:26 PM, Allora said:

The World Club challenge is only a month away.

The Roosters seem like a very strong team if they send their best squad.

2019_squads_roosters-1.jpg?center=0.3%2C0.5&preset=photo-inline  

New faces

Angus Crichton (Rabbitohs), Ryan Hall (Leeds), Brett Morris (Bulldogs), Brock Lamb (Knights), Bernard Lewis, Egan Butcher, Josh Curran, Shaquai Mitchell.

Unsigned/Losses

Blake Ferguson (Eels), Frank-Paul Nuuausala (retired), Paul Momirovski (Wests Tigers), Sean O'Sullivan (Broncos), Ryan Matterson (Wests Tigers), Kurt Baptiste (Cowboys), Billy Smith, Eloni Vunakece, Matt Ikuvalu, Mitch Cornish, Reece Robinson.

Exclude Dylan Napa from that squad he is at the Dogs now.

What sort of team can we expect from Wigan under their new Coach.

 

Looks a very strong squad and i expect them to win by at least 16 points

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