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."
PAT Richards joined up with the Warriors last week and is already looking forward to the new season."There are a few new players at the club and that has made things a bit easier, all the boys are really welcoming.I have done the hills run with Steve Walsh, I only had to do it four times, it is great fun" Richards said after his first week with the Club.Looking back on his time at Wests, Pat finished the campaign with a Grand Final win over the Cowboys and admitted it was a great way to end his time with the club,"It was fabulous to end with the Premiership and I have come over here to try and do something similar. I wasn't really sure if I would make that game because I picked an ankle and knee injury the week before, I was just glad I got on the field and was able to play my part.""We were the underdogs and everyone had written us off but we all had the self belief we could win it."On deciding to sign for Wigan Pat added,"Wigan are such a great club and when I heard of their interest I decided I wanted to come here. I was just excited about the whole experience to play in another country. I spoke to a number of players back home about the move and that made my decision easier, they had nothing but good things to say about England and about the Wigan club."Pat came through the ranks at Parramatta before joing Wests where he spent two years. In the past has primarily played on the wing or at full back but is likely to figure mainly in the Centres for the Warriors."Tim Sheens always said that I would end up playing in the Centres and it is a position I am looking forward to."Pat has Irish ancestory and admits he will be making a visit to Dublin and is hoping some of his relatives will be making the short trip across the Irish Sea to watch him once the season gets underway. After the end of the NRL campaign Pat underwent a minor operation on his knee but is now back fully fit and looking forward to the pre-season fixtures and the big engage Super League kick off on 11th February at Les Catalans Dragons
WIGAN Warriors will be chartering a second plane to take fans to the first game of the new season against Les Catalans Dragons on Saturday 11th February 2006. (7.05pm kick off CET).The first aircraft SOLD OUT and the club have experienced unprecedented interest from fans wanting to travel to this historic clash.We can confirm that the return flight (as with the first plane) will depart from Manchester airport and will be direct to Perpignan. Coach transfers to the game will be provided. The flight will depart on the morning of (Saturday) 11th February, and return the same day after the game (times to be confirmed). Match tickets will not be included in the price but will be guaranteed for all passengers travelling on this package. Ticket prices will be confirmed in due course.The cost of this package will be ?212.00 including meals, taxes and transfers. On booking confirmation we will require a ?50 non-refundable deposit with the balance due 4 weeks prior to the game.(There is a slight increase in cost for this second aircraft due to limited availability of aircraft on this day.)Anyone wishing to book, on a first come first served basis, should call our official travel partner Flight Options on 0207 8218112 (opening hours 9.00am - 6.00pm Monday-Friday, 10.00am - 2pm Saturday) and speak to Rachel, Mike, Nikki or Paul.Bookings made by credit card will incur a charge of 1.5%. You will be responsible for your own transport to Manchester Airport. The agent operating the flight on our behalf is ATOL registered, number 4233.- - - - -Bradford Bulls have an opportunity to charter a plane to take supporters to Perpignon for our game with Catalans Dragons on Saturday March 4th. This would be subject to there being enough supporters wanting to make the trip.The return flight would depart from Manchester airport and will be direct to Perpignon. Coach transfers to the game in Perpignon will be provided. The flight will depart on the morning of (Saturday) 4th March and return the same day after the game. Match tickets will not be included in the price but will be guaranteed for all passengers travelling on this package. Ticket prices for the game will be confirmed in due course.The cost of the package is ?199 including in flight meals, taxes and transfers. A non refundable deposit of ?50.00is payable on booking with the balance due four weeks prior to departure.Any supporter interested in taking advantage of this offer should contact Angeline Robinson as soon as possible on 01274 762313. Flight Options PLC ATOL Reg No 423
WIGAN Warriors are delighted to announce their squad and numbers for the 2006 season.Most notably Sean O?Loughlin will step into the number 13 shirt vacated by brother-in-law Andrew Farrell who left the club in 2005.Elsewhere, new signings Mark Calderwood and Pat Richards will wear numbers 2 and 3 respectively, while hooker Micky Higham will wear the number 9 shirt. Forward Iefeta Palea?aesina is given the number 10 shirt, Scott Logan the number 8 shirt, and Bryan Fletcher the number 12 shirt.Bryn Hargreaves and Harrison Hansen have been rewarded for their progression to first team status. Hargreaves will wear the number 16 jersey (was 27), and Hansen has moved from squad number 20 to 19.Head Coach Ian Millward said:?I am delighted with our 28 man squad for next season. We have a fantastic mixture of experience as well as a number of quality youngsters. Sixteen out of the twenty eight are local boys. Our squad is bigger in numbers due to our commitment to have more juniors in our top squad.?Squad List in full:1. KRIS RADLINSKI2. MARK CALDERWOOD3. PAT RICHARDS4. DAVID VAEALIKI5. BRETT DALLAS6. DANNY ORR7. DENNIS MORAN8. SCOTT LOGAN9. MICK HIGHAM10. IAFETA PALEA?AESINA11. GARETH HOCK12. BRYAN FLETCHER13. SEAN O?LOUGHLIN14. KEVIN BROWN15. DANNY TICKLE16. BRYN HARGREAVES17. JERRY SEUSEU18. WAYNE GODWIN19. HARRISON HANSEN21. CHRIS MELLING22. JOEL TOMKINS23. PAUL PRESCOTT24. DARRELL GOULDING25. SEAN GLEESON26. JOHN WALKER27. THOMAS COYLE28. MICHAEL MCILORUM29. CHRIS ASHTONWarriors season tickets are now on sale for the 2006 season, with the renewal deadline on Friday at 5pm, and reserved seats go on general sale on Monday at 9am.Fans can purchase their season tickets by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0870 11-22-552, in person at the JJB Stadium Ticket Office, or by posting their application form to the JJB Stadium Ticket Office. For full details on season ticket packages [click here].The new 2006 Wigan Warriors playing kit, manufactured by JJB, will be officially launched on Thursday 17th November at the JJB store on Robin Park and at the JJB Soccerdome on Stadium Way in Wigan. First team players will be at the Robin Park store to celebrate the launch with the shirt sale that night. It will go on general sale on Friday 18th November from over 20 other JJB Stores and the Warriors Lotto Shop in Wigan Town Centre.- - - - -Thanks to Wigan Warriors E-News for these details.
WIGAN Warriors have received another huge injury blow with the news that Captain and Great Britain full back Kris Radlinski will miss the rest of the season.
WIGAN head coach Ian Millward is looking to build on Wigan's two recent victories over the Leigh Centurions and the Warrington Wolves last Saturday at the JJB Stadium.