A Right Good ReadIf you want all the latest news from The Halliwell Jones Stadium on a matchday then pick up a copy of the official matchday magazine from Wolfware or from our sellers based on the concourses.For this season we have improved the look, feel and contest of our matchday publication to make it a must read for Wolves fans.The new matchday magazine format features a glossy new cover and poster, and inside we bring you exclusive player and coaching staff interviews with the real stories from the club.Our team of writers will also bring supporters informed, witty and professional views on all things oval. This week Paul Cullen gives his thoughts on squad selection, Martin Gleeson gives fans an insight into his game while several Wolves stars give their views on the burning issues.Our trusted scouts have done all the research on the visitors from Yorkshire and the popular features still remain including a ticketing bulletin along with news from the Past Players and The Foundation.The bumper new 56 page issue costs ú3, but offers great value as well as an entertaining read for spectators. Leading columnists in Rugby League have again signed up to give their opinions of another season of thrills and spills from the Engage Super League and Powergen Challenge Cup and will give all latest player team updates and breaking stories as well as the information and statistics on the season so far.We have added some new features and we will also be going behind the scenes at both the training ground and dressing rooms to give you the real news behind matchday at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Wolves' Rookies Impress in England VictoryGary Chambers led England Under 18s to a 36-15 victory at The Complexe Sportif , De Carpentras last night.The Warrington Wolves Senior Academy coach saw his side grind out a gutsy win over the channel as the country's batch of junior academy talents showed the game is in good hands. Five young Wolves' star featured in the game with three registering on the scoreboard.Ben Harrison, who only found his passport just hours before the trip crashed over for a try, as did Danny Colquitt and Kevin Penny. Centre Matty Blythe impressed throughout and back rower Anthony Rourke helped step up the tempo of the performance as a replacement. Speaking from France Chambers told warringtonwolves.com, "We are pleased with the victory over a talented French side, we didn't start all that well to be honest, however as the game went on we showed our quality. All of the Warrington lads performed well, they have been a credit tothe club whilst on international duty."The England Under 18s next challenge comes against the Australian Combined High Schools and the Australian Institute of Sport.
Team NewsPaul Cullen has named his initial 20 man squad to face Leeds Rhinos, May 1, kick-off 3.05pm Live on Sky Sports. Stuart ReardonSimon GrixBrent GroseHenry Fa'afiliChris LeikvollMichael SullivanLee BriersJon ClarkePaul RauhihiDanny LimaMartin GleesonPaul WoodRob ParkerPaul NooneBen WestwoodLogan SwannMike WainwrightRichie BarnettMark GleesonToa Kohe-Love
Under 11's Cup FinalWolves fans have the chance to watch a double header this Saturday April 29th, including the clubs youngest guns in action against St Helens in a cup final at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, followed by the Under 21s at Wilderspool.Warrington Under 11s kick off their Lancashire Cup Final at 12.30pm. Admission to the North Stand is ú2 for adults; children free.The under 11s overturned Wigan in the semi-final to earn the right to play their close neighbours, The Wolves probably go in as slight underdogs, having been beaten by Saints in their two previous encounters. However, the Young Wolves have hit a rich vein of form recently, so a real battle is in store.After this game, supporters can make a short trek over to Wilderspool for Under 21s clash with Leeds Rhinos.The under 11s squad is Lewis Charnock,Harry Files, Josh Wall, David Lea, Jack Johnson, Luke Walker, Declan Patton, Ben Walker, James Clayton, Andre Savelio, Ashley Cox, Jake Slydell, Callum Wright, Matt Wilkinson, Chris Hunt, Mike Wharton, James Russon, Allan King.
Focus On LeedsAs the Wolves prepare for 3 games in 12 days coach Paul Cullen is focussing all efforts on the visit of second place Leeds Rhinos this Monday 1st May, kick-off 3pm.
Fanzone!Every week our panel of season ticket holders will be airing their views on weekly topics concerning Warrington Wolves and the Engage Super League XI season. The opinions of the terraces will become a regular feature. Question to panel:Club captain Paul Rauhihi has returned from a lengthy lay-off with a hamstring tear, what do you make of his return to action so far and what can the New Zealand test prop bring to the club in the long run?Simon BishopThe signing of Paul Rauhihi was certainly one that attracted attention. He'd helped his club to the 2005 NRL Grand Final, captaining the side during the lengthy absence of Travis Norton and of course then played a big part in helping New Zealand to their Tri Nations success. He'd also been named NRL prop of the year in 2004 and was renowned for his offload ability. A giant of a man physically, he adds quite a bit of beef to any pack.So it was fair to say that Wolves fans were expecting big things of the "Rah". So when he - and the other new signings -failed on that opening day of the season to inspire Warrington to a win, many fans were left wondering if the new guys were all they were meant to be. Rauhihi of course suffered the injury during that game and so it wasn't really fair to draw any conclusions about him until he got a proper chance to show what he can do.Well, he's back in the side now and is gradually winning over the fans with his offload ability, big tackles and of course the try at Castleford was nice to see. If Paul Cullen and Rah's team-mates can figure out how to get the most out of him - supporting offloaders has not been one of Warrington's strongest areas - then I'm sure the big Kiwi will soon be helping the Wolves climb the SL table. And who knows, maybe success in the cup too.Luke BurnsPaul Rauhihi's recent return to Wolves ranks is testament to his hard work off the field in gaining suitable fitness and progressing speedily through rehab. He has now played three games from the bench and a starting appearance since his injury in round one against Salford and has improved with every minute, thus culminating in a well deserved try scoring performance against Castleford. His daunting physicality and well timed offloads were missed by the Wolves in the early rounds of Super League but his ability to enter the field fresh and ready to go when opposition defences are tiring is a timely boost both to his team-mates and to Warrington's bid to reach a top four status. Paul Rauhihi's immediate promotion to club captain upon arrival at The Halliwell Jones Stadium is a fair reflection of not only the man's excellent work rate and devotion to the cause but also his off-the-field capabilities. His ability to speak coherently to the media and act as a role model for the club takes a lot of pressure off the on-field captain, Lee Briers.Paul Rauhihi is a true club man; his international tag makes him the ideal person to help nurture raw talent in the Warrington ranks and help develop the next breed of first-team Warrington players both from the academy and outside. Also, his match day leadership skills will help complement Lee Briers and his vast experience is likely to prove crucial in tight and tense games, particularly towards the backend of the seasonwhen players begin to tire.On the pitch, supporters can expect Rauhihi to lead by example and continue to take Warrington forward both on the pitch and hopefully up the league table to help the club realise its ambition of being one of the leading clubs in British and world rugby league.Earl FrancisI personally think Paul Rauhihi can bring a lot to this club in the future because you can see clear motivation and effort from him in the 'Bradford & Castleford Games.' I think he has returned at the correct time and it looks like the hamstring injury has passed by, Warrington Wolves are at a 'topsy-turvy' part of the season and we have a problem of consistency at the moment but I think Paul Rauhihi & Lee Briers can get this problem solved. He can definitely influence the clubs success rate in the future because he has past experience of finals and has also represented his country on many occasions. I can see Paul taking this club far if the side remains like it was the other day against Castleford and the mood in the camp stays positive.Michael WrightPaul's return to the team after a hamstring injury has been impressive, despite lacking match fitness he has made an impression in all the matches he has appeared in, with strong tackles and ball offloads. Paul is recognised as one of the best ball handling forwards as he always tries to offload the ball when being tackled, this is an area in which Warrington has been lacking in the last few years, with I believe one of the strongest packs we have had for many years, Paul provides a vital link between the forwards and backs, and most teams realise that if the forwards are going well it makes the job easier for the backs. When Paul reaches full match fitness, with his leadership skills Warrington will have one of the best packs of forwards in the league.Colin Andrew BarrowIt has been a difficult start for Paul Rauhihi at Warrington. After being made Club Captain he would have been eager to make a good impression and then he picked up a frustrating injury. I feel he is now making steady progress back to form. After coming with such a big reputation it may have been difficult to adjust to a new country, team mates, system and weather.After scoring his first try for the club versus Castleford I am sure his confidence will be up and he will start to deliver the performances we all saw in the Tri-Nations.In the long term the signing of Paul Rauhihi is a further sign that the club is capable of signing top international players, this in my view is a clear statement of intent that the club is moving forward. On thefield Rauhihi helps create an impressive forward pack, which if they can all hit form and stay fit will give Warrington a good chance in the play offs. Off the field Rauhihi is the kind of player that can lift thewhole club, helping to boost sales and drive the clubs excellent community projects further forward.
Day of Reckoning? Betting Tipster to Radio Merseyside's Rugby League Hour Mike Oxley thinks that the Wolves are ready to beat the Saints on their own turf."The day of reckoning has come for the Wolves, in recent years the saints have got the better in the close encounters between the two sides. But in recent weeks you can argue that Warrington are in the best form of the two, with recent victories over Bradford and Leeds. Is Warrington ready to complete the hattrick of wins over the top three teams of the super league? My answer is yes, Warrington are competing consistently at the highest level to beat the Saints on their own patch. As well as betting them on the handicap with a +8 start, I would have a small wager on the 11/4 available over 80 minutes as well."
Warrington - 1st & Last Try ScorerHenry Fa'afili 12/1Martin Gleeson 12/1Richie Barnett 16/1Brent Grose 16/1Toa Kohe Love 16/1Stuart Reardon 16/1Lee Briers 20/1Ben Westwood 20/1Michael Sullivan 20/1Jon Clarke 20/1Logan Swann 25/1Mike Wainwright 25/1Paul Noone 33/1Mark Gleeson 33/1Paul Wood 40/1Danny Lima 66/1Chris Leikvoll 80/1NO TRY 300/1Betting Tipster to Radio Merseyside's Rugby League Hour Mike Oxley thinks that the Wolves are ready to beat the Saints on their own turf. "The day of reckoning has come for the Wolves, in recent years the saints have got the better in the close encounters between the two sides. But in recent weeks you can argue that Warrington are in the best form of the two, with recent victories over Bradford and Leeds.
Young Wolves in FranceFive Warrington Wolves youngsters have been named in the final England Academy Under 18's Squad who played France on Thursday.After training sessions the squad was reduced to 18 players with Ben Harrison (prop), Danny Colquitt (loose forward), Anthony Rourke (back row), Kevin Penny (winger) and Matty Blythe (centre) all travelling to France as part of the 18-man England squad.The team will take on the French elite at The Complexe Sportif De Carpentras Thursday, kick off 7pm. Warrington's Gary Chambers is Head Coach with Keiron Purtill of Huddersfield as his Assistant, whilst the Manager's post was filled by former Wigan and Castleford International Barrie-Jon Mather.With clashes against the Australian Combined High Schools and the Australian Institute of Sport ahead, 2006 promises to be every bit as exciting as in recent years, which have seen the Academy grow steadily stronger - and prove it by beating the best in the World. The most recent International at Academy level saw England share a two game Series against the Australian Institute of Sport last December - ten of the players who took on the A.I.S. are up for selection once more, but there's also a whole fresh batch of newcomers to the Academyrepresentative ranks.See warringtonwolves.com to see how the lads perform on international duty.
Briers Drops into the Record BooksWarrington captain Lee Briers broke another club record when he kickedthe all-important drop goal in the 27-4 victory over Bradford Bulls at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.The one-pointer, which ended Bradford's resistance, was the 48th drop goal of his Warrington career, taking him ahead of full-back or centre Steve Hesford in the record books. Lee told warringtonwolves.com: "Drop goals can prove crucial in matches and I knew early in the season I was close to 50 in my career. I'm delighted to top Warrington's club record and it's an honour to surpass a great player such as Steve Hesford."Briers kicked his first drop goal for the club in a 37-34 victory over Paris St Germain at Wilderspool in April 1997, his home debut, and they have followed at regular intervals ever since.He equalled Hesford's total with his fourth and final drop goal in the 24-12 victory at Wigan in March - Warrington's first win at the JJB Stadium - and so it was only a matter of time until he made the record his own.The inventive stand-off once kicked five drop goals in a match, at Halifax in May 2002, to equal Paul Bishop's club record, but still finished on the losing side. Yet most of his one-pointers have helped to keep Warrington in control of matches and frustrate the opposition.Briers' place in the club's record books is already assured. He claimed his first two club records at the start of the 2000 season when he scored 40 points in the 84-1 victory against York in a Challenge Cup fifth round tie at Wilderspool.Briers' haul took the record from the legendary Welsh forward George Thomas who had collected 33 points, from five tries and nine goals, in a 78-6 victory against St Helens in April 1909. Briers kicked 14 goals that day to equal the club record for goals in a match, set by loose-forward Harold Palin against Liverpool City in September 1950.Drop goals, of course, used to be worth two points and it was another former Warrington captain, Alex Murphy, who kicked the club's last two-pointer in the Challenge Cup final victory over Featherstone Rovers at Wembley in May 1974. Hooker Kevin Ashcroft, another drop goal kick, kicked Warrington's first one-pointer in an 8-8 draw against Widnes at Wilderspool three months later.
No Name DG 1 Lee Briers 48 2 Steve Hesford 47 3 Paul Bishop 42 4 Willie Aspinall 30 5 Alex Murphy 28 6 Jonathan Davies 26 7 Kevin Ashcroft 23 8 Derek Whitehead 21 9 Greg Mackey 20 10 Les Jones 14<