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.
BRIAN Nobles Great Britain team will go into next Saturday's Tri-Nations clash against Australia completely aware of what is required to reach the final - either a three-point win or a two-point victory, scoring 48 points or more.
Any other result will mean that Australia and New Zealand will meet at Elland Road on November 26.
BRIDGEND Blue Bulls won the "Team of the Year" trophy in the TotalRL.com Rugby League Conference end of season awards ceremony on Saturday. Wales Rugby League chairman, Mark Rowley picked up the award from Sky Sports' Mike "Stevo" Stephenson on behalf of the Blue Bulls. It is the second time in three seasons that the reigning UK amateur champions have won this award.
The Blue Bulls picked up two more honours on Saturday as Paul Morgan, who played in Wales? 38-16 defeat to France in the European Nations Cup Final earlier this month, and Gareth David were both named in the Rugby League Conference ?Dream Team? - 13 players selected from the 80 clubs in the four Premier Divisions, which proved to be such a success during the summer of 2005, and the eight Regional Leagues.
Tri-Nations Game V
Great Britain 38 def. New Zealand 12
Great Britain have kept their Tri-Nations finals hopes alive with a comprehensive 38-12 victory over New Zealand this morning in Huddersfield.
NEW Zealand had only to lose yesterday's Tri-Nations match against Great Britain by less than 23 points to make the final.
KANGAROOS captain Danny Buderus has declared it's "game on" for Saturday night's Tri-Nations rugby league match against Great Britain after the hosts' convincing win over the Kiwis.
A determined effort from France wasn't enough to withstand a polished performance from Australia, the Kangaroos running out comfortable winners by 44-12 at Perpignan's Stade Aime Giral on Saturday.
PROP Jason Ryles is confident a hand injury suffered in Australia's 44-12 Test win over France will not jeopardise the rest of his Tri Nations campaign.
FIXTURES for 13.11.05:
TWO weeks on from the first bad night of Brian Carney's international career and the wounds are still raw. The former Gaelic footballer from County Wicklow bounced back impressively from his nightmare against New Zealand in Great Britain's first match of the Tri-Nations series with a strong performance against Australia last weekend but the stick he received after that opening game at Loftus Road has left a lasting impact.
GREAT Britain captain Jamie Peacock says his team must find the killer touch when they meet New Zealand in their crunch Gillette Tri-Nations Series match at Huddersfield on Saturday.
STACEY Jones has once again answered the call from Kiwis coach Brian McClennan.
GREAT Britain's mentality going into this has to be to win the game.
AS New Zealand close in on a Tri-Nations final appearance, their coach explains how important it is.
A FAMILIAR face will grace Dolphin Oval this season ? a ground he knows only too well from his previous time at the club.
Nathan Herberner, who turned out for the Dolphins for three seasons in the late ?90s, returns older, wiser and hopefully luckier.
Herberner concedes he has battled bad luck with injuries throughout his football career, although he now believes he has turned the corner after an injury-free run recently.
The giant prop also was well known to Redcliffe Leagues Club patrons after working on the ground staff during his earlier time on the Peninsula.
From 1997 to March 2000, Herberner worked his way through the grades from Colts to Premier League before repeat sternum injuries forced him out of the game.
He returned to his home town of Roma in south-west Queensland to recuperate and then spend three years with Wattles club and then a season with Cities in Roma.
?I always wanted to come back to Brisbane and give it another go,? he said.
?It always weighs on your mind what might have been and after I had no injuries this season and got a bit of fitness I decided to come back.
?I had a few calls from other clubs, but it was always going to be Redcliffe as I knew what the set-up was and quite a few of the players. I?d like to see if I could go further in the game.
?Through bad luck, injuries have let me down in the past and I?m now hoping I?m over that.??
Herberner made a name for himself over the past two seasons with his displays for the Queensland Rangers, the representative side which takes in competitions outside the Queensland Cup.
He was a key member both years when the Rangers downed New South Wales Country with Redcliffe winger Liam Georgetown a team-mate in the 2004 thumping.
Herbie, now 25, won a Colts premiership in 1997 with current Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin in charge, spent the next year in Colts under Keith Boardman and then played seniors in 1999.
?Troy Lindsay was there when I was while Mick Roberts was in the Colts team with me,? he said.
?I?m hoping to crack a spot in the Premier League and although Troy and Adam Starr are there, I?m not sure who else is.?
At 108 kilograms, Herberner shape as a ready-made replacement for Nathan Sologinkin, who has retired.
?I am living at Strathpine and my work involves unloading shipping containers, so I?m a bit busier than I was in Roma, where it was a bit more relaxed,? he said. ?But I?m enjoying training and can?t wait for the season to start.?