Wigan fans queuing up for World Club Challenge

Wigan Warriors are expecting more than 1,000 fans to follow them for their World Club Challenge game against Sydney Roosters in Australia next month, with over 700 tickets already sold in the Wigan section (Bay 37) at the Allianz Stadium for the game on Saturday 22 February.

Warriors members have been snapping up tickets for the game since November, and from today (Monday) all remaining tickets for the game will be available on general release.

“Wigan fans are again showing their dedication and loyalty to the club and we are proud that we will have more fans in Australia for this game than many clubs take to away Super League fixtures,” said Warriors Marketing Director Simon Collinson.

“The Roosters are also expecting a big crowd for the game, but I’m sure our fans will be taking the colour and noise that they are renowned for and will make a really positive, memorable impact on the sport Down Under.

“It will no doubt be a trip of a lifetime for those fans who can make it, and we are currently working on initiatives whilst in Sydney to thank those fans who are travelling.”

Match tickets cost from just A$25 for adults and A$10 for children and can be bought online from Ticketek Australia at www.ticketek.com.au/wcc.

Wigan Chairman Ian Lenagan returned at the weekend from the Warriors’ training camp in Florida, and he is delighted with the way the club’s preparations for the new season are progressing.

“The squad is preparing exceptionally well, and we are all looking forward to the challenges we will face this year, not least the trip to Australia,” said Lenagan.

“The Roosters are very excited about the World Club Challenge and they are confident it will be a big attraction.”

League Express understands that Wigan have now dropped their interest in Huddersfield Giants forward Larne Patrick.

But later this week the club is expected to confirm the names of at least two players it will be sending on loan to London Broncos.

“We are very keen to help the Broncos, and I’m sure you could say the same for every club in Super League,” added Lenagan.