WIGAN Warriors formal confirmation regarding player Gareth Hock testing positive for a prohibited substance.
ENGLISH fans stage annual charity game today, with guess appearances from retired stars.
SUPPORTERS game to be played in Perpignan earlier in the day of the Catalans v Wigan Super League match on 17 February 2007.
WIGAN to put forward a proposal for Super League to reduce to 22 rounds in 2008.
WIGAN Warriors today confirmed the signing of Australian star Trent Barrett. Trent has agreed a three year contract covering 2007, 2008 and 2009.Commenting on the signing Head Coach Brian Noble said,"This is a great signing for the club Trent is a world class player with wonderful skills."His talent enables him to play anywhere on the field and he can cover both half back positions or even loose forward. Apart from his handling skills he has a great kicking game and tackles hard."Noble continued,"When I joined the club the first thing Maurice Lindsay asked me about was Trent Barrett. The club had been in long negotiations with Trent but Maurice wanted my view before the deal was concluded."It took me about one second to tell Maurice to get the contract signed. It is a terrific signing and a credit to Wigan that they can attract such star players even when the club is struggling."We have a big job on our hands this season but we are planning long term and we are determined to have a competitive side for the Wigan fans."Trent Barrett said,"I had a clause in my contract with St George that allowed me to leave before my contract was up but only if I was moving to Super League in England."I could not have joined another Australian club. I thought long and hard about the matter but I have always had the ambition to play in England and I wanted to do that whilst I was still in decent form. I did not want to leave it too late."Everyone in Australia knows the history of the Wigan club and we all consider it an honour to get the chance to play for such a great club."Brian Noble has a good reputation with players and I am looking forward to wearing the Wigan shirt."Craig Smith used to play for St George before he left for Wigan and he has told me what a great club it is with a great set of fans."- - - - -Trent Barrett fact file:DOB: 18 November 1977Starsign: ScorpioPlace of Birth (city/state): Temora NSWHeight (cm): 182cmWeight (kg): 93kgNickname: BazCurrent Club Stats: * App 141 * Tries 42 * Goals 0 * Drop Goals 5 * Points 173 Career Stats: * App 186 * Tries 72 * Goals 0 * Drop Goals 7 * Points 295 Rep Honours:2000-2002 & 2005 Australia1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 NSW Origin2003 NSW Country
A huge disappointment for the Wigan Warriors, as they were narrowly defeated in their engage Super League opener against the new boys the Catalans Dragons in the south of France.Over 11,000 watched the history making clash, 2,000 in cherry and white and in a real nipand tuck encounter it was the home side that snatched the points.Wigan were off to the worst possible start losing possession straight from the kick off and from the scrum the home side spread the ball to the left and within sixty seconds the French side were off to a flying start through a Mark Hughes try in the corner. The conversion hit the upright and the Dragons led 4-0.On seven minutes Wigan replied as David Vaealiki found winger Brett Dallas to crash in at the corner, referee Ashley Klein checking with the video official before the try was given. Dallas just managing to ground the ball. Danny Tickles conversion hit the posts; the game was all-square at 4-4.On 11 minutes Danny Tickle was involved in sending in Iafeta Paleaaesina for Wigans second try under the sticks, the big prop showing a turn of pace and enjoyed diving over for the try, this time Tickle hit the extras to make it 4-10.The Catalans hit straight back on 16 minutes, a clever Stacey Jones kick and Frayssinous gathered for the try and he hit the conversion to make it 10-10.On 31 minutes, the Dragons scored their third try, a short pass found the strong Jamal Fakir and he was able to power over, Frayssinous hit the conversion, 16-10 to the home side.Catalans were reduced to ten men with Fakir thrown in the sin bin for two offences in quick succession and from the next tackle Dennis Moran stepped left and right to confuse the home defence for the Warriors third try. It was a simple goal, which Tickle notched to square the game again at 16-16.Just when it looked as if the sides would be level at the interval Ian Millward?s men found a gap as Mark Calderwood raced clear. From the support play, O?Loughlin and Moran involved for a Jerry Seuseu try, his first for the club. Tickle was accurate with the extras to make it 16-22 after forty minutes.On 46 minutes, the Catalans Dragons squeezed in for a try, their fourth in the corner through Renaud Guigue, the goal was missed 20-22. On 52 minutes the home side were in again, swift handling and Justin Murphy crossing on the right hand side to make it 26-22 as Fraysinnous slotted the goal over once more.Wigan wasted a great opportunity on 63 minutes as Sean O?Loughlin lost the ball with the try line in his sights.On 70 minutes the Warriors responded, Aussie Pat Richards with the try, handing off the Dragons full back on the right hand touchline. Calderwood with a quick tap from his own twenty and the ball through numerous hands before Ashton sent Richards away, Tickle hit the goal. There then followed another penalty and Wigan led 26-30.The Dragons were not done, Ian Hindmarsh with a try for the home side to square it at 30 all with five minutes left. Frayssinous had pressure for the conversion and he hit it through the sticks to make it 32-30.A Julian Rinaldi try in the dying moments which took a decision from the video ref and with Frayssinous the goal it mean?t the points for the home side in the bag and it ended 38-30.CATALANS DRAGONS 38Tries: Hughes, Frayssinous, Fakir, Guigue, Murphy, Hindmarsh,Rinaldi Goals: Frayssinous 5 Team: Laurent Frayssinous, Justin Murphy, John Wilson, Teddy Sadaoui, Mark Hughes, Sean Rudder, Stacey Jones, Chris Beattie, Julien Rinaldi, Adel Fellous, Jerome Guisset, Jamal Fakir, Ian Hindmarsh. Subs: Renaud Guigue, Pascal Jampy, Gregory Mounis, Alex Chan.Defeated WIGAN WARRIORSTries Dallas, Paleaaesina, Moran, Seuseu, Richards Goals: Tickle 5Team: Chris Ashton, Mark Calderwood, Pat Richards, David Vaealiki, Brett Dallas,Joel Tomkins, Dennis Moran, Scott Logan, Mick Higham, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Harrison Hansen, Danny Tickle, Sean O'Loughlin. Subs: Kevin Brown, Jerry Seuseu, Wayne Godwin, Danny Orr.Referee: Ashley KleinHalftime: Wigan 22-16Venue: Stade Aime Giral, Perpignan (Catalans)Crowd: 11,122
WIGAN'S exciting 18 year old back row forward Joel Tomkins has signed an extended contract with the Club which will keep him at the JJB Stadium until the end of the 2008 season.Wigan Chairman, Maurice Lindsay said: "It always gives us an extra thrill when a player comes through our academy ranks and into the first team. Joel is a classic example of that and he is already looking like a regular member of our first team squad. He is set for a good career with us and he increases even further the number of local players in our group."Joel Tomkins said: "I love playing for my hometown club and there are quite a few of us now in the first team squad who have played together in our youth teams. I realise I have to be patient with so many other good players at the club, but I will work hard and do my best."Head Coach Ian Millward added: "It's another great tribute to the youth policy that the club has had in place for many years, and I am sure that if Joel carries on with his rate of progress he can make it to the top. He has got some healthy competition for his spot this year, but he is big and pacey with lots of potential."
WIGAN have unveiled their striking new away playing kit, which will see the Warriors wearing blue for the engage Super League XI campaign.The new 2006 playing kit has been manufactured by JJB, the club?s Technical Sponsor, and will be worn for the first time in Wednesday?s friendly at Leigh.The navy blue shirt, which sees a return to the colours worn when the Warriors last lifted the Challenge Cup in 2002, will feature a round neck, white sleeves and red piping. This will be worn with navy shorts and navy socks.The strip will be officially launched on Wednesday 15th February at the JJB store on Robin Park and also at the JJB Soccer Dome on Stadium Way in Wigan from 6pm, priced at ?25 for junior sizes and ?35 for adult sizes.The shirt will also go on sale that night from the two stores with first team players celebrating the launch at the Robin Park store. The kit will go on general sale on Thursday 16th February from selected JJB Stores along with Warriors World in Wigan Town Centre and online at wiganwarriors.comWigan Warriors Marketing Director Simon Collinson said:?Our home kit is on course to become a best seller and we are confident that our new blue alternative strip will follow suit.?
IAN Millward today expressed his anger and disappointment at the statement put out by the St Helens club following a lengthy mediation meeting yesterday.Millward said,"The truth of the matter is that I met the St Helens Chairman and Chief Executive yesterday with both sets of lawyers present. It was in fact a mediation meeting held prior to a full court hearing that was scheduled for later this year. The mediation meeting lasted for almost fourteen hours when many issues were discussed. At the end of the day I was getting concerned that if the court case was going to be as protracted as this then it would seriously interfere with my duties at Wigan, particularly as the lengthy hearing would be taking place during the season. I am sure Mr McManus and Mr McGuire could afford significant time but I am Head Coach at a world famous club and I could not afford that kind of time which would significantly interfere with my club duties."Millward continued,"My lawyers were certainly prepared to take my complaints forward but at the end of the day and with the Wigan club in mind, I agreed to compromise.As a result we agreed with St Helens what was an amicable and totally agreed settlement. It is true that St Helens have now made a significant contribution to my legal costs. I have made no contribution to theirs."Millward added,"What disappoints me is the terminology used by the St Helens club in their statement such as' tainted memories'. The fact is, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at St Helens and the supporters were very good to me. I also want to say that I am superbly happy at Wigan and I have had great support from my Chairman, Maurice Lindsay, with whom I have discussed this whole case. Maurice and Dave Whelan have backed me from day one but understand that by discontinuing the case I can fully concentrate on my club duties. That is what I will now concentrate on and the St Helens issue is behind me."
WIGAN have unveiled their striking new away playing kit, which will see the Warriors wearing blue for the engage Super League XI campaign.The new 2006 playing kit has been manufactured by JJB, the club's Technical Sponsor, and will be worn for the first time in Wednesday's friendly at Leigh. The navy blue shirt, which sees a return to the colours worn when the Warriors last lifted the Challenge Cup in 2002, will feature a round neck, white sleeves and red piping. This will be worn with navy shorts and navy socks.The strip will be officially launched on Wednesday 15th February at the JJB store on Robin Park and also at the JJB Soccer Dome on Stadium Way in Wigan from 6pm, priced at ?25 for junior sizes and ?35 for adult sizes.The shirt will also go on sale that night from the two stores with first team players celebrating the launch at the Robin Park store. The kit will go on general sale on Thursday 16th February from selected JJB Stores along with Warriors World in Wigan Town Centre and online at wiganwarriors.comWigan Warriors Marketing Director Simon Collinson said:"Our home kit is on course to become a best seller and we are confident that our new blue alternative strip will follow suit."