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Wigan Warriors have the chance to bounce back from their disappointment in France when they take on Leeds at the JJB Stadium.
Former Leeds winger Mark Calderwood will be one of five Wigan players making their home debuts and he is relishing the opportunity to get to grips with his old team-mates.
?It was the first game I looked for on the fixture list,? he said. ?Leeds is always a big game for everyone.
?They are a good team and they have recruited well. They are a quality side with some good players, it should be a good game.?
Calderwood was Super League?s leading tryscorer in his last season at Headingley with 28 tries and in total scored 106 in 143 appearances.
?Like all players who come up against their former clubs, I?m sure he will be wanting to perform well,? said Leeds coach Tony Smith.
?He is a Leeds lad and achieved a lot with the Rhinos but we have both moved on now.
?Perhaps more so than any other team, we are fully aware of Mark?s strengths and weaknesses and we will be looking to guard against and exploit them both.?
If Leeds are acutely aware of the threat of Calderwood, Wigan will be wary of the try-scoring ability of stand-off Danny McGuire.
McGuire has scored 12 tries in the last 12 meetings with Wigan in all competitions and has only failed to score against them on two occasions throughout his career.
Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos, JJB Stadium, Friday February 17, Kick-off 8pm
Wigan 18-man squad: Ashton, Calderwood, Vaealiki, Richards, Dallas, Orr, Moran, Logan, Higham, Hargreaves, Tickle, Hansen, O?Loughlin, Paleaaesina, Seu Seu, Godwin, Brown, Tomkins.
Leeds 18-man squad: Mathers, Donald, Walker, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Bailey, Diskin, Peacock, Lauitiiti, Ellis, Sinfield, Millard, Poching, Jones-Buchanan, Scruton, Ablett.
Referee: R Silverwood