Team NewsPaul Cullen has selected a vistually unchanged 18 man squad from the Victory over Bradford Bulls at Odsal last Saturday.Brent Grose Henry Fa'afili Martin Gleeson Toa Kohe-Love Stuart Reardon Lee Briers Michael Sullivan Chris Leikvoll Jon Clarke Logan Swann Mike Wainwright Paul Noone Ben Westwood Paul Wood Rob Parker Richie Barnett Paul Rauhihi Chris Bridge
Rauhihi Praises Wolves CharacterPaul Rauhihi believes the character within The Wolves squad is the key to a successful season at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.The 32-year-old Club Captain who was signed from North Queensland Cowboys in May last year has had his introduction to the Engage Super League interrupted by a hamstring tear.The New Zealand prop sustained the injury in the opening weekend of Engage Super League XI season and admits he was itching to get back out on the field.After six weeks of treatment, scans and gym work ŠRahĂ returned to action as a substitute in Warrington Wolves victory over Bradford Bulls at Odsal.Rauhihi said: "An injury like mine (a hamstring tear) isnĂt necessarily straightforward. I was really keen to get back into the squad, I didnĂt think IĂd be sidelined for so long, but the medical staff had a better idea."I kept fit and the work in the gym has helped keep me ready to go straight back into action, with more game time IĂll feel better although I felt pretty good after the win against Bradford. It wasnĂt a risk playing me and the best approach was taken to use me from the interchange.""As a team everybody showed character at Odsal which is vitally important. There was a period in the game when Bradford stepped up their play and we responded well."Rauhihi is now hoping to live up to his billing and reputation as an intimidating enforcer who will give a huge boost to the clubĂs Šgo forwardĂ. He is clearly a very fit athlete and was consistently amongst the leading props in the NRL for meterage and offloads.He was named Dally M prop of the Year in the NRL 2004 and captained New Zealand in the Tri Nations later that year.Rauhihi admits being bitterly disappointed following the defeat at home to Salford in his competitive Wolves debut; however he is more than confident of reversing the scoreline this time around.He explained: "I think the boys have come a long way since the opening game defeat and Good Friday will be a totally different fixture. We proved at Bradford what we can achieve as a unit and we are ready to show more of that.""Watching from the sidelines has given me a good chance to look at the side and see the progression of the squad as we come together more. A long term injury is always frustrating and I was itching to get back into action, but on a positive note I have watched every game and learnt a lot about the boys."So far this season many fixture have been played in bitterly cold conditions and so far foul weather has limited the expansive Rugby many supporters crave.Paul added: "The conditions have affected teams right across the board, you have to look after the ball more, and if you are giving possession up easily then you are simply shooting yourself in the foot at this time of year."
Radio WolvesWolves stars Brent Grose and Michael Sullivan will be appearing on BBC Radio Lancashire Rugby League Show this evening (Thursday, Wednesday 12).Host Mike Latham will be opening the phone lines for supporters to chatto the Aussie duo from 7-8pm.Warrington Wolves have teamed up with BBC Radio Lancashire to give awaytwo pairs of tickets for Good Friday's clash with Salford City Reds at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.Details of the competition will be broadcast on the show, listen Live to BBC Radio Lancashire on 103.9FM, 95.5FM, 104.5FM and DAB Digital Radio.
Young Trio Agree DealsWarrington Wolves have offered extended contracts to three young players this week enhancing the clubs growing reputation as one of Super League's future producers of junior talent.Mike Cooper, Kevin Penny and Ben Harrison all agreed new deals at The Halliwell Jones Stadium securing their immediate futures with the club. Warrington Wolves Head Coach Paul Cullen, said: "The development and progression of young players is a key factor in our long term planning for the club."We are developing young local talent such as Steve Pickersgill, Chris Riley and Mike Cooper, who have all figured in our first team. "Another teenager who is also making good progress is full back or winger Kevin Penny. Add to those Ben Harrison, who joined us from Barrow Island, and also made his senior debut in the Powergen cup-tie against London Skolars.""A lot of effort and time is put in by our coaching staff in developing and nurturing our young talent of whom we are tremendously proud." "Developing young players is an on-going process which requires commitment and dedication from the players and the coaching staff. Not all youngsters are going to make it to Super League level, but we aim to improve them and give them the best environment and chance to achieve their ambitions.""We have had to bring in juniors to catch up, but we are now on the verge of producing our own talents.""This week we have given extended contracts to Cooper, Penny and Harrison. They are all products of our Scholarship or Academy structure, Kevin and Mike are part time players, but we hope at the end of this season or next to bring them into a full time environment. We want them to be in a position where they are demanding inclusion in the senior squad and the match day seventeen."
Brains and BrawnIf you think about the stereotypes of a Rugby League forward then intelligence doesn't always feature prominently. Brawn and brains aren't a typical combination in the pack, however these are just two of Ben Harrison's developing skills.Ben completed his A-Level studies a year early in order to train full-time with the first team in the second half of last season; he has been rewarded with a place in the first team squad for 2006.As an emerging prop or second rower who is very physically advanced for his age, Harrison is an intelligent forward with fine ball handling skills for his size. Hailing from Cumbria, he was scouted by Wolves assistant coach Gary Chambers whilst playing for Barrow Island, and has a fine junior representative career.His growing junior honours list includes a recent call up to the England Under 18s side after a string of impressive showing for Warrington Wolves Under 21s side.Harrison has already represented Cumbria from U12 to U16, Lancashire at U17 and U18 level and featured in England sides from U15 to U17s, captaining England Schools at U16 and facing the Australian Institute ofSport at the end of 2005.After sailing through his exams he is now knuckling down on his chosen career"It's really beneficial to my game that I can train full-time. Throughout the week I can work on my skills and fitness and concentration fully on my rugby. "As a younger player it's tough getting through your studies and then cramming training and matches in.He continued: "There is so much you can learn off the other guys, Rob Parker has been a great help. He is only a young player himself, but you forget that because of the experience he has at the top level. We have worked on running better lines together and it's all good development." Following another superb win over Bradford at Morley RUFC Warrington Wolves Under 21s side now sit proudly at the top of the Senior Academy Championship.Harrison added: "The Senior Academy side is the perfect place to show what you can do. The new rule allowing more players over 21 is a smart one, we aren't filling the side with first team players, but two orthree top players add an awful lot of experience."Continued development at his current pace will without doubt see Harrison challenging for a first team place regularly. After a fourth place finish last season Paul Cullen has not only strengthened, but his task of picking his seventeen each week has been made all the tougher by the progress of a host of young rookies."I know it's a big step up and training full time will only benefit me in the long run. I got a chance against The Skolars and enjoyed it. The weather early in the season has dictated many of the games and I triedto stick to the basics. You have to look after the ball more and respect the conditions. It was really an introduction to the first team and hopefully I'll get more opportunities."
Challenge Cup Ticket NewsWarrington Wolves vs WhitehavenPowergen Challenge CupSunday 21st May 2006, kick-off 4pm Warrington Wolves will face Whitehaven in the Powergen Challenge Cup on Sunday, May 21, kick-off 4pm.The game has been scheduled at 4pm to avoid a clash with the BBC televised fixture and the club are hoping to attract a respectable attendance.Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders from 11am on Tuesday April 18th, with all season ticket holders eligible for a ˙2 discount on ticket prices until Saturday 20th May. All remaining tickets and seats are available on general sale from Tuesday 25th April, priced from ˙15-˙22 for adults, and ˙9-˙14 for concessions. Family tickets will cost between ˙30-˙35 for one adult and two children and ˙40-˙50 for two adults and two children.The Powergen Challenge Cup Round Five draw has produced an exciting fixture for all concerned. Wolves supporters can rest assured that we will be giving Whitehaven the respect they deserve and I do not intend to rest any players for this game. I know quite a lot about the Whitehaven squad including many of the players I have worked with in the past. This promises to be a traditional cup tie for all the supporters." Turnstiles will open at 2pm to allow spectators to watch the BBC Sport game on screens situated on the concourses.
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Rauhihi Returns To Wolves SquadClub captain Paul Rauhihi has been called in the 18 man squad for Warrington Wolves trip to Odsal on Saturday (April 8).The 32-year-old New Zealand Test prop joined the club from North Queensland Cowboys in the off season, but he has been limited to just one start to due to a hamstring tear. He has passed a fitness test and will travel with the squad to Yorkshire for the Engage Super League XI encounter with Bradford Bulls, Mark Gleeson has withdrawn from the squad due to a minor injury and Simon Grix misses out on selection.Warrington Wolves 18 man squad to face Bradford Bulls at Odsal on Saturday, April 8th (Kick-off 6pm):Stuart ReardonLee Briers (captain)Brent GroseHenry FaĂafiliChris LeikvollMichael SullivanJon ClarkePaul RauhihiDanny LimaMartin GleesonPaul WoodRob ParkerPaul NooneBen WestwoodLogan SwannMike WainwrightToa Kohe-LoveChris Bridge
Parker Looking to Renew AcquaintancesWolves forward Rob Parker believes the opening "arm wrestle" will be crucial in Saturday's clash with his former club Bradford Bulls on Saturday (April 8th), kick-off 6pm.Parker has been named in Paul Cullen's 20 man squad and is set to return to Odsal for the first time since his off season move. He has played five games so far this season for The Wolves and he is relishing the encounter against the Engage Super League Champions, which will be shown live on Sky Sports.Despite being only 23-years-old Parker is a super-professional forward with a high work rate and great technical ability, Parker has accumulated a fine CV in the game despite his young age he rose out from Bradford Bulls Academy to establish himself as an integral part of the powerful Bulls pack, collected Super League medals in 2003 and 2005 and played in a winning Challenge Cup Final (2003) and World Club Challenge (2004). Rob was appointed England captain in 2004 and led his country to the European Nations Cup. A near ever present in the all conquering Bradford team which won the league and cup double in 2003, he missed out on a spot in the 2003 Grand Final against Wigan, though he did play in the Bulls Grand Final defeat to Leeds the following season.Parker is among five ex-Bulls in the initial squad and they are using their knowledge of their former employers to plot their downfall at the week. Parker believes that the strength of the Warrington side can unsettle The Bulls. He said: "A team like Bradford have few weaknesses, but if anything their physical strength can actually be their weakness. The Bulls often try to overpower teams early and we are well aware we need to win the arm wrestle early in the game. Bradford impose themselves on the game early and get the ball out to the wings. I think Harlequins gave a good example of what you can do at Odsal if you mix it up. They don't necessarily like it when sides take the fight to them and show off their own strength, ideally we want them playing catch up.Stuart Reardon, who still lives just a stones throw away from The Bulls home ground, is in contention for Cullen's side after making his return to match action in the Powergen Challenge Cup. A broken hand sustainedin a training sessions kept Reardon out for five weeks and after a frustrating spell on the sidelines he bounced back in style racing 80 metre for a try against London Skolars. Reardon enjoyed a rapid rise from Academy to Super League and Test rugby league, adapting with ease to each level he has reached. A strong and pacey three-quarter with fine footwork, he is a quality performer at fullback, centre and wing. Reardon, said: "I'm regaining my fitness all the time, being sharp for a match is completely different. I'll feel better with the more games I take part in and more game time I have. I came through the Skolars game well, although I was slightly tired after running full length for a try. To get the cup game out the way was a boost and it only a matter of time before I'm at my sharpest."
Back a Winner with the WolvesWarrington Wolves fans can join in the Grand National action with a free draw at Wolfware.Supporters who purchase tickets for the fixtures against Bradford (away) or Salford (home) before 1pm on Saturday, April 8 can draw one of the 40 national entries from Wolfie's 'lucky horse box' and cheer on theirselection whilst supporting Warrington Wolves.Tickets for the trip to Odsal on Saturday are on sale at Wolfware with reduced prices only available from the club shop. Supporters can also snap up the remaining tickets for the Good Friday clash with Salford City Reds at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.Director of Commercial Development at Warrington Wolves, Dave Hutchinson said: "We are giving supporters the chance to enjoy the action of The Grand National, while backing The Wolves in their Engage Super League XIcampaign."Fans have no need to gamble their hard earned cash on the race, instead they can continue to support their club and see if they can back a winner with Warrington Wolves."If your horse goes on to win the Grand National then you will net a signed Warrington Wolves rugby ball, if your selection is placed in the top four you will win a top prize from Wolfware. One entry to the draw per transaction, competition open from 12noon until 1pm Saturday, April 8.
Bradford Triple HeaderA veritable Rugby fest is available for fans this Saturday (8th April), with both Wolves Academy games being switched to Morley Rugby Union club prior to the first team fixture against the Bulls in the evening.Gary Chambers' Under 21's take on their Bradford counterparts in a top of the table clash at 12pm, as the two teams battle it out to see who will lose their unbeaten record this season and take top spot.Dave Elliot's Under 18 Academy side kick-off at 2pm and will be looking to pick up their first points of the season after a sterling effort against St Helens last week.Directions to Morley RUFC:Scatcherd LaneMorleyWest YorkshireLS27 0JJMORLEY RFC is situated just off the main A650 Wakefield to Bradford Road. Access via the motorway networks, is the M62 Junction 29 from the M1 and the East, and Junction 27 from the West.. Coming off at either Junction take the A650 towards Morley.FROM THE EASTAlong the A650 towards Bradford, along the duel carrageway to first set of traffic lights at tingley bar, keep in the left hand lane and follow the signs for Bradford, continue up duel carrageway, through 2 sets of traffic lights, past the Mermaid Fish Restaurant, through next set of traffic lights, past the Half Way House Public House, road bends to the right, take the 2nd right, St Andrews Avenue, immediately before the Church. (MORLEY RFC sign half way up lamp post). go down here until you reach a small roundabout, go straight across, MORLEY RFC is 200 yards further down on the left.FROM THE WESTAlong the A650 towards Wakefield, through a set of traffic lights, passing the Angel Public House on the left, continue along this road passing 2 petrol stations, on the left is the Old Vicarage Hotel and a Church, turn left immediately after the Church into St Andrews Avenue, (MORLEY RFC sign half way up a lamp post), go down here until you reach a small round about, go straight across, MORLEY RFC is 200 yards further down on the left.