Under 21's Aren't Firing Yet' - RileyDespite a 100% start to the Senior Academy season Chris Riley believes The Wolves Under 21's side have yet to produce their finest rugby. The promising young winger has touched down four times so far this season during a string of impressive performances against Salford, Huddersfield, Hull and Wigan.Riley, an elusive and deceptively strong wide player has so far found first team opportunities limited, however he is happy to bide his time in Gary Chambers side who currently top the Senior Academy Championship along with Bradford Bulls after four wins on the trot.He said: "At the start of the season we looked at the strength of the squad and knew we'd compete. We've had a great start, but I don't think we are playing our best stuff just yet. It's pleasing to be winning, against Wigan we showed what we can do, but the side has a lot more to show during the season in terms of ability."The Warrington born wingman joined the club from Woolston Rovers, working his way through the Service Area teams and club scholarship. Part of Warrington Junior Academy teams which won the First Division in 2003 and 2004, he made a try scoring debut for England Academy against France at Knowsley Road in 2005, shortly before breaking into the Wolves team. Riley also appeared for England U17 against the Australian Institute of Sport at the end of last season. After making his debut in the Super League as a 17 year old in 2005 Chris has continued to develop his all round game."So far Super League stars like Mike Wainwright, Mark Hilton, Richie Barnett, Michael Sullivan and Danny Lima have added experience, strength and guile to an already solid and well established side. The continued progression of players such Chris Riley, Ben Harrison, Steve Pickersgill and Simon Grix has been just as notable. For such young players they are showing a maturity on and off the field well ahead of their years.He added: "The Under 21's side have a good combination of first team players who are knocking on the door and youngsters who are beginning to make a name for themselves.""It's beneficial for my game to play with the senior lads who have featured this season. As a team we are doing fine across the field. I think the emergence of several junior players like Mike Cooper, Kevin Penny and Steven Roper also been vitally important to the development of the senior academy side." Riley explained.
Swann Hoping Added Aggression Can Tame WildcatsKiwi international second rower Logan Swann believes increased aggression and desire is needed by The Wolves ahead of Sunday's trip to Belle Vue.Swann, who featured in Warrington's disappointing home defeat to the Catalans Dragons last weekend, thinks the squad will have to cut out sloppy errors before playing the exciting brand of rugby league the supporters crave.Paul Cullen's side will be hoping to reproduce the away form they showed at The JJB Stadium against Wigan Warriors earlier this month and Logan Swann thinks lessons can be learned from Saturday's slip up. Swann, who is expected to feature against Wakefield, explained: "Against The Catalans we started in third gear and then made errors from there, I don't think it was all about complacency, but we definitely made it difficult for ourselves. This week we have put in extra work so we can cut out the type of errors that cost us.""In training we talked about the defeat, but now we need to start Sunday's game positively. The squad have been putting the emphasis on resolving problem areas and developing a winning attitude. Aggression and desire are both important and we need these elements directly from the kick-off.""Ideally we wanted a win against the French and from there we saw the potential to get a roll on with the following game. That wasn't the case, but a win at Wakefield could be the confidence boost we need to build some momentum.""As a group of players we want to show our supporters who travel to Yorkshire how much we care."A virus has limited Logan Swann to just three appearances so far this season; however he has now fully recovered from the illness which he admits knocked him for six in February.He was a class act in his first season at Warrington after returning to his specialist position as an 'edge' backrower. A strong and athletic runner who takes control of the fringes in defence, he forms a devastating triangle on the Wolves right edge alongside Martin Gleeson and Henry Fa'afili, scoring a double figure tries count of his own in 2005. A junior with Otahuhu Leopards and Allersley Eagles in New Zealand, Swann joined the Auckland Warriors colts in their inaugural season as a franchise in the Australian competition in 1995. Achievedthe unusual distinction of winning three Test caps before he had even played first grade for the Warriors, called up to the New Zealand squad for the 1996 whitewash against Great Britain after impressing for a NewZealand Residents XIII against the touring Lions. Went on to become a stalwart of the Warriors side for seven seasons, winning the Minor Premiership in 2002 and playing in the Grand Final defeat to Sydney Roosters the same year. Part of the history-making Kiwi tourists of 1998 who became the first New Zealand side to win a Test series in Great Britain, he also played in the 2000 World Cup Final. Joined Bradford Bulls for a season in 2004, winning the World Club Challenge and playing in a losing Grand Final for the second time in his career, against Leeds Rhinos.
Female Fans Get 'Wolfed Up'Warrington Wolves army of female fans can now get ŠWolfed UpĂ in style with the clubsĂ new alternative strip.Kit suppliers Puma have designed a fitted womenĂs version of the popular Wolves blue jersey, which is now on sale along with the home shirt in the club shop and online at wolfwareonline.com. Ladies can be kitted out from this week in the stylish jersey that has been the talk of the terraces, particularly after that famous win from ŠThe Boys in BlueĂ against Wigan Warriors.Local girl Emma Hayes, was one of the first fans to try out the new shirt, she said: "ItĂs great for us girls that we have a fitted shirt rather than having a huge baggy menĂs shirt down to our knees. ItĂs really stylish, not only the colours, but also the fit. ItĂs the kind of jersey you can wear anywhere, not just on matchday."Director of Commercial Development at Warrington Wolves, Dave Hutchinson, said: "A large percentage of our supporter base are women, they enjoy wearing their colours just as much as the men in the stands and on the terrace.""The days of ladies having to wear oversized menĂs shirts is thankfully behind us, the feminine looking and fitted shirts are ideal for our army of female followers."The shirt is priced ˙40 with sizes 8-18 available. Warrington Wolves now have a full range of t-shirts for female supporters in various colours and styles, they are priced from ˙10-˙13.49.
Away Match TicketsEngage Super League Round Seven: vs Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, at Belle VueSunday, March 26th 3:30pm KOTickets are currently on sale for Warrington Wolves away fixture with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at Belle Vue on Sunday, March 26th (kick-off 3.30pm).Supporters preparing to travel to Yorkshire can support The Wolves by buying terrace tickets in advance as the visiting club now take 10% of the sale of pre-purchased tickets. Due to record away ticket sales last season supporters raised over ˙15,000 for the club. Tickets are available from Wolfware priced ˙15 adults and ˙9 for concessions.
Wolves Confirm Kick-Off TimesWarrington Wolves can confirm the kick-off times for the Bank Holiday Engage Super League fixtures away at Castleford Tigers and at home to Leeds Rhinos.On Monday, April 17, The Wolves travel to The Jungle for an early evening tussle with the Yorkshire club, kick-off will be at 5.35pm. Leeds Rhinos will be travelling over The Pennines to The Halliwell Jones on Monday, May 1 and the game will commence at 2.05pm.
Cullen Issues Rallying Call to SupportersEngage Super League Round 6Warrington Wolves -v- Catalan DragonsSaturday 18th March, 6:00pm KO Warrington Wolves head coach Paul Cullen has issued a rallying call to supporters ahead of Saturday's historic clash with Engage Super League newboys Catalans Dragons.The buzz is back at The Halliwell Jones Stadium after last Friday evenings heroics at The JJB Stadium.The travelling fans more than played their part in the triumph and Cullen is hoping the fans get behind his side bid to make The Halliwell Jones Stadium a fortress.The supporters can play a vital role from the stands with the boisterous and vocal backing they offer The Wolves.Paul Cullen said: "The supporters at this club can make a huge difference. Together with the players and coaching staff they are duty bound to work for the positive benefit of Warrington Wolves. We need the fans support at every game, let's hope they get behind us."Perpignan based Catalans Dragons this week welcomed new Australian coach Mick Potter and he will be hoping to make an immediate impact as the French go in search of their first victory on the road. With time running out the East Stand is edging close to capacity, with around 50 tickets remaining on sale.The club also have 250 tickets remaining on sale in the South Stand, and another 250 in the North Stand. Supporters leaving it late can pay on the gate in the West Stand.Tickets are on sale now from the club shop, or online atwww.wolfwareonline.com.
Team News - 18 Man SquadLong term absentees Stuart Reardon and Paul Rauhihi remain sidelined ahead of Saturday eveningĂs clash between Warrington Wolves and Catalans Dragons. Paul Cullen has selected a strong looking 18 man squad including Michael Sullivan and Danny Lima, the trio all featured in the Wolves Senior Academy victory over Wigan on Tuesday night. Stuart Reardon (hand) and Paul Rauhihi (hamstring) are expected to be available for selection in the coming weeks.Warrington Wolves 18 man squad:Brent GroseHenry FaĂafiliMartin GleesonToa Kohe-LoveLee BriersMichael SullivanChris LeikvollJon ClarkeLogan SwannMike WainwrightPaul NooneRob ParkerMartin GleesonBen WestwoodPaul WoodDanny LimaRichie BarnettChris Bridge
Challenge Cup Ticket NewsPowergen Challenge Cup Fourth RoundWarrington Wolves vs. London SkolarsSunday, April 2nd, kick off 3pmWarrington Wolves have announced a discount for season ticket holders ahead of the Powergen Challenge Cup encounter with National League Two outfit London Skolars.All eyes will be on Wembley come Saturday, August 26, but Warrington Wolves get an early taste of the capital with the visit of a quickly developing Skolars side.The draw, which took place at Leeds Armories on Monday evening, saw The Wolves pared with the Londoners for what promises to be a landmark event in The Skolars short history.Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holder from 11am on Tuesday, March 21st priced from ˙13-˙20 for adults and ˙7-˙12 for concessions. After an initial sale all tickets will be available on general sale from Saturday, March 25 priced from ˙15-˙22 for adults, ˙9-˙14 for concessions. Family tickets will cost between ˙30-˙35 for 1 adult and two children and ˙40-˙50 for two adults and two children. The club is hoping to a healthy crowd for the fixture as Paul Cullen brings his quest to lead The Wolves to Wembley for the eagerly awaited return of the final to the capital.Head coach Paul Cullen, said: "We will show the respect to London Skolars they deserve, they have already done well to get to the fourth round draw and itĂs an interesting tie. The players and coaching staff are all looking forward to welcoming The Skolars."Club captain Paul Rauhihi, commented: "At the moment we know very little about London Skolars, we will look after our own game and the lads all want to feature in The Challenge Cup. ItĂs a tournament steeped in history and to play at Wembley in my first year in England would be a highlight of my career."The Wolves rivals London Skolars were founded during the Centenary Season of the Rugby Football League in 1995. Initially created for post-university graduates in London, the club quickly became one open to all and reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of Rugby League in the English capital.In 2002 the clubĂs application to join the National Leagues the following year was accepted, the first club in 80 years to make the jump from the amateur ranks to the professional leagues.The club finished last n National League 2 in 2003, but made big strides forwards in 2004. The appointment of Latham Tawhai as a full-time coach at the end of the 2005 season see the club aiming to take another step upwards. After 10 years in the National Leagues with Keighley, Hunslet, Rochdale, Hull KR and most recently Doncaster, Latham Tawhai has also made an impressive start to his coaching career at Drighlington ARLFC, who won the Pennine League Premier Division and Yorkshire Cup winners last season under his charge.
Rnd 6 Team NewsLong term absentees Stuart Reardon and Paul Rauhihi remain sidelined ahead of Saturday evening's clash between Warrington Wolves and Catalans Dragons.Paul Cullen has still been able to select a strong looking 20 man squad including Michael Sullivan, Steve Pickersgill and Danny Lima, the trio all featured in the Wolves Senior Academy victory over Wigan on Tuesday night. Stuart Reardon (hand) and Paul Rauhihi (hamstring) are expected to be available for selection in the coming weeks.Warrington Wolves 20 man squad:Brent GroseHenry Fa'afiliMartin GleesonToa Kohe-LoveLee BriersMichael SullivanChris LeikvollJon ClarkeMark HiltonLogan SwannMike WainwrightPaul NooneRob ParkerMartin GleesonBen WestwoodPaul WoodDanny LimaRichie BarnettSteve PickersgillChris Bridge
Bridge Hoping to Retain Half-Back SpotWolvesĂ half back Chris Bridge says he is more than happy to stay out the limelight at The Halliwell Jones Stadium as Warrington hope to continue their climb up the Engage Super League table.This Saturday evening Warrington Wolves play host to the Catalans Dragons and Bridge, a ˙30,000 signing from Bradford Bulls at the start of 2005 is hoping to continue displaying his early season form.After being left out of the first fixture against Salford Bridge was given an opportunity to prove his worth at Huddersfield; he took his chance by the scruff of the neck and was unlucky to find himself on the losing side at The Galpharm Stadium.Since that defeat Bridge has retained his place in the starting thirteen; however that doesnĂt mean heĂs resting on his laurels. He believes one disappointing effort could see any player dropped out of Paul CullenĂs starting line up.Bridge said: "IĂm really pleased at how things are going at the moment, there is plenty of competition for places so to be starting shows youĂre playing well.""We have a very strong squad across the board and every lad knows if youĂre not coming up with the goods then you will be dropped. I feel IĂm working well with Lee and itĂs good to see him kicking well, I donĂt mind if he has the goal kicking duty if he is doing the business."After penning a three year deal Bridge quickly established himself in Paul CullenĂs side featuring on the wing towards the end of last season after spells at scrum half, stand-off and centre.In Super League XI Oldham born Bridge has impressed at scrum half and is planned to keep hold of his starting jersey.For a playmaker he has a powerful physique and hits hard in defence, Wigan Warriors found to their cost last week that Bridge has dangerous footwork and can step through the line with ease.He added: "We are only a few games in, but IĂm benefiting from being fully fit. I must admit I was lucky not to have broken my arm and delighted when I got the all clear, I donĂt want to miss out.""As a team we are beginning to fire and personally I feel my link up play is coming on well. IĂm combining really well with Toa Kohe-Love at the moment, IĂve worked on my passing and IĂm simply trying to create openings by spinning it out for Toa and the other lads."Bridge first caught the eye as one of the heroes of England AcademyĂs historic first ever series victory over the Australian Schoolboys, he played centre in both ŠTestsĂ of the 2002 Academy series. Chris also played for North West Counties and Lancashire schools as a junior before turning professional with Huddersfield Giants Academy. Upon the GiantsĂ relegation from Super League in 2001, he was ruled a free agent at tribunal enabling Super League champions Bradford Bulls to sign him. A dominating figure for the BullsĂ Academy, he won the Dave Valentine Memorial Trophy in their Senior Academy Grand Final defeat to Wigan Warriors in 2003.