Latest From Wigan Warriors.

Latest From Wigan Warriors.

Post by Mr P Halliwel » Sun, 27 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Because the FTP agent at my Web Provide keeps dying...
Here is all the latest from Wigan...
Boy is the web site ina for a hefty update soon...

NEWS From Wigan RLFC- 25th September 1998
 - SUNDAY TEAM NEWS                - McCORMACK RETIRES
 - HOLGATE IN FOR 1999             - PLAY-OFF NEWS
 - WIGAN EYE PRATT

NEWS From Wigan RLFC- 25th September 1998

SUNDAY TEAM NEWS

League leaders Wigan Warriors face Warrington Wolves at Wilderspool
this Sunday in the last of this season's league games. But this years
league winners will have to play at least two more games to take the
championship trophy in the first ever UK grand final play-off's this
year. Coach John Monie will be looking for top performances from his
Wigan side this Sunday and final places are up for grabs. Wigan may
get a weeks rest before their semi-final game against the winners of
Leeds v Halifax, but they will certainly be out for a good win on
Sunday and it will be no training exercise for them.

Departing player McCormack and Paul are in the starting line-up and
are looking to leave Wigan on a high, with a winners medal. Stephen
Holgate keeps a place in the second row alongside Haughton and the
powerful pack in completed by O'Connor and Mestrov. Young *** Jon
Clarke sits on the sub's bench with centre Danny Moore, Andrew
Isherwood and Lee Gilmour. Tony Smith has recovered from a arm injury
to keep the scrum-half spot and the ever improving Paul Johnson keeps
the centre spot on the left side.

So the Wigan Team for Sunday will be: Kris Radlinski, Jason Robinson,
Paul Johnson, Gary Connolly, Mark Bell, Henry Paul, Tony Smith, Terry
O'Connor, Robbie McCormack, Tony Mestrov, Stephen Holgate, Simon
Haughton, Andy Farrell (Capt.)

Substitutes: Andrew Isherwood, Lee Gilmour, Jon Clarke, Danny Moore.

The game kicks off at 3pm and will be preceded by the Wigan and
Warrington academy game which starts at 12.45pm.

Referee: S Nicholson (Whitehaven).

McCORMACK RETIRES

Wigan's hard working Australian *** Robbie McCormack will retire
from Rugby League at the end of this season with Wigan. The 34-year
old was almost tempted to stay at Wigan for one more season, but
turned down Wigan final offer last week after John Monie asked the
board to make McCormack a better offer to stay. The deal offered
would have seen McCormack take a salary drop and Wigan could offer no
more to the outstanding *** in order to keep within the salary
capping rules.

It was always Wigan's intention to keep McCormack for just one season
whilst ***age *** Jon Clarke was being trained as a future ***
for Wigan. It was McCormack who approached John Monie about staying
on for one more season after he had enjoyed a great season with
Wigan. Wigan fans will be sorry to see the *** leave Wigan after
he has consistently worked hard for the team. Such was his influence
that opponents would target him as a key player to control during a game.

Robbie plans to return home to Australia with his family after
Wigan's last grand final game. Most players would have retired by the
age of 34, and Robbie's excellent past two season's with Hunter
Mariners in Australia and With WIgan, are a fine testimony to players
skill, fitness and eagerness to play Rugby League.

HOLGATE IN FOR 1999

Stephen Holgate is all set to stay at Wigan as they put together a
new deal for the Cumbrian prop. This ends the speculation that Hull
were to sign Holgate for next season. As Wigan start planning for
next season with a much-revised squad, Holgate is keen to stay at
Wigan after a upturn in form and a successful switch to the second row.

Holgate said, "I certainly see my future here at Central Park.
Newspapers keep saying I'm going to Hull, but nobody in any official
capacity has approached me."

PLAY-OFF NEWS

Wigan's first play off game will be at home on October 11th at 6.45pm
and is live on SKY TV. They will get a one-week rest and home
advantage as a reward for finishing top of Superleague 3. They will
face the winners of the Leeds v Halifax game that will be played on
the previous weekend. The game will not be all ticket, but season
ticket holders will be given preference for any seat tickets.

WIGAN EYE PRATT

Wigan are showing a keen interest in Featherstone Rover's star Karl
Pratt. The 18-year old has scored 17 tries for the first division
club this season and will play the first division grand final live on
SKY TV this evening.

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