Club StatementWarrington Wolves would like to release the following club statement concerning the RFL disciplinary complaint: 10/2006 (Huddersfield Giants vs Warrington Wolves, 19/02/06): "Warrington Wolves are satisfied with the response of the disciplinary investigator from the Rugby Football League after our allegation of a breach of the rules was made out by them. Having considered all the details and mitigating factors, the club believe Mr Cooper's substantial fine is the correct course of action from the RFL. Warrington Wolves would now like to conclude this case and draw a line under the matter."
Cullens CommentPaul Cullen gives his candid views on the Round 6 game against the Catalans at the weekend and looks towards this weekends fixture against the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.You said on Saturday evening you had 'carried' several players, what is causing this - attitude or ability? Attitude. The respect required to take that game out of the hands of a very spirited and desperate Les Catalans team was not offered by everyone in the Warrington seventeen. We sent them some very weak signals early on, they received these, and used them to their advantage.What can you do to put this right? We will attempt to reinforce the message that was not respected by a number of our players, which is to fully respect the fighting qualities of our opponents.When you fought back to a winning position in the second half should you really kill the game from there?Yes. The response at half-time offered encouragement, but we failed to work hard enough in defence to control their last desperate attempts to get back in the game. Players took short cuts and we were found out.On second view what do you make of Michael Sullivan's short ball to Chris Bridge in the middle of the park that was deemed forward by Mr Ganson? That decision did not cost us the game, nor did any other; we were soft and we got punished. Are you missing any fighting spirit, drive or motivation from some members of the playing squad? I thought that was visible from the kick off, from some it was simply a game too far which is an unacceptable weakness. What positives do you take from such a defeat? I would not insult the intelligence of our supporters by offering cheap sound bites on the back of that performance. Honesty is the only policy; our effort was not good enough.Will you talk much about the game this week or sign it off as a bad day at the office?We will not hide from the very obvious areas of our preparation that need to be addressed.In Paul Rauhihi and Stuart Reardon you are missing two first grade internationals, are the missing personnel really beginning to hit you hard? No, the 17 that took to the field against Les Catalans were more than capable of winning that game.Wakefield have had a struggling start this season, they will be as hungry as ever to turn the tables. What threats have you identified from The Wildcats?The threat is very simple; if our attitude is dishonest we will lose the game. You have arguably played some of your best Rugby on the road this season; do you feel under less pressure away from The Halliwell Jones Stadium? No, individuals did not respect the ball against Salford and other individuals did not respect the game against Les Catalans.
Team NewsWarrington Wolves Head Coach Paul Cullen will be hoping to call on the services of Great Britain centre Martin Gleeson for the trip to Belle Vue on Sunday (March 26), kick off 3.30pm. Despite suffering a facial injury, which required eight stitches, Gleeson is expected to feature in the Mothering Sunday encounter against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.X-rays earlier this week showed no break of Gleeson's cheekbone following a clash during the defeat at home to the Catalans Dragons and he has been included in The Wolves initial 20 man squad.Stuart Reardon (hand) and Paul Rauhihi (hamstring) are still unavailable for selection for the fixture, medical staff say the pair are making steady progress and could be in contention for The Wolves next Engage Super League tie.Warrington Wolves 20 man squad vs Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Brent GroseHenry Fa'afiliMartin GleesonToa Kohe-LoveLee BriersMichael SullivanChris LeikvollJon ClarkeMark HiltonLogan SwannMike WainwrightPaul NooneRob ParkerMark GleesonBen WestwoodPaul WoodDanny LimaRichie BarnettChris BridgeSteve Pickersgill
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