Paul Cullen New Head CoachPaul Cullen, former Wolves' player has been announced as Warrington's new coach. Cullen has signed with the club until the end of Super League IX.Paul, 39 years old(4.3.63)signed from local club Crosfields on 25.11.80. He went on to play 15 seasons with Warrington debuting in the Lancashire Cup against Barrow on 16/08/81. His last game for club was in Rnd 22 of SL 1 away against Saints on 26/08/96.Played 330, Sub 18, Tries 56 Pts 217Capped 3 times for Lancashire.Paul started his career off at stand-off playing with Ken Kelly and Parry Gordon, moved into the centres and played with John Bevan. Later moved into the pack at loose forward and second row.Paul resides in Appleton, Warrington with his wife Chris and their two sons, Joshua and Scott.Coaching Career After finally quitting from the game in the first season of Super League with a troublesome knee injury Paul took charge as caretaker coach, along with RL Legend Alex Murphy, to defeat Wigan 35-24 prior to Darryl Van de Velde's appointment. Paul was Under-21 and assistant coach to Van de Velde before leaving to take up the position of head coach at Cumbrian side Whitehaven on the 19th August 2000. Cullen's first season with Whitehaven started bumpy with five losses in a row, but the team went on to win the next four and in total that season 17, losing 13 and winning 1. The highlight of the season was the fifth round draw against World Club Champions St.Helens at the Recreation Ground, Whitehaven eventually went down 34-22. This present NFP season Whitehaven have won 14 games, drawn 1 and lost 10 under the direction of Cullen, achieving a 56.0% win rate.Paul was also the Assistant Coach to the Lancashire squad for this year's Origin Series, Lancashire won 2-0.
Plange DepartsWarrington Wolves have parted company with their Head Coach, Dave Plange through mutual agreement. The club would like to thank Dave for all his hard work, which has been much appreciated.At present Paul Darbyshire is in charge of the running of the first team. The club is seeking to appoint a replacement Head Coach and will make an announcement in the near future.
Player Update1. Lee Penny - the RFL Committee have decided that he has no case to answer to for a late challenge on Higham in the game against St. Helens last weekend.2.Rob Smyth is back in full training with the first team, he had a run out with the Academy against Hull F.C the other week. He is in the training team for this week and could feature in the first team this weekend.4. Steve Maden has been a regular feature in the Academy side and is back to full fitness after breaking his leg back in April against Hull FC Academy. At present, Steve has fractured his wrist but is in training and will have the cast removed next week.5. Leon Felton - in training and has been a sub in the last 2 first grade games.6. Lee Briers - test results have come back inconclusive to what is causing the fatigue, but has resumed training and will have a late fitness test ahead of the Cas game.8. Mark Hilton - OK9. Jon Clarke - OK10. Dale Laughton is now back in full training and hopes to make the team this weekend.11. Darren Burns - OK12. Dean Busby - OK13. Sid Domic had scans and tests taken at hospital yesterday and we await the results. He is being rested at present and is not expected to play this weekend.14. Tommy O'Reilly OK, training with the first team and has has several run outs with the Academy.15. Paul Marquet - OK16. Jerome Guisset - One match ban and a fine for a high tackle17. Matt Sturm - on loan to Whitehaven until the end of August18. Nick Fozzard - OK21. Paul Wood - OK22. Kev Crouthers on loan at Dewsbury until the end of August23. John Hill training with first team and making appearances for the Academy24. Paul Noone - OK25. Leroy Rivett - OK, training with first team26. Dave Alstead - OK27. Gary Hulse on loan at Chorley Lynx until mid August30. Graham Appo - returned from an ankle injury and training with the first team.31. Mike Callan - OK33. Nat Wood - OK34. Ben Westwood - OK35. Richie Mathers - OK36. Dean Gaskell struggling with an ankle injury picked up at St. Helens.
Wolves Fans go MobileWarrington Wolves will become one of the first Rugby League clubs to allow its fans to decide which player will be nominated "man of the match" by using SMS text messaging. The service is the first of many to be introduced by the Wolves as they grasp the opportunities afforded by the mobile phone.Through the service, fans will simply text the number of their nominated player to the mobile number provided and their vote will be instantly registered. As an added bonus all voters will be entered into a draw for a variety of exclusive Wolves prizes.Wolves Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe commented, "I think that from a fans point of view, being able to influence the choice of man of the match is a fantastic way of getting involved in the game. Wolves are very pleased to be among the first league clubs to use mobile technology in this way and look forward to introducing new and innovative mobile products to enhance the all round experience for our fans."SMS text messaging has seen tremendous growth with June 2002 showing the daily rate almost triple over a two-year period, Britons now send 45 million text messages each day across the four UK GSM network operators compared to just over 32 million sent in June 2001. All mobile services are provided by wireless agency Siren World Wide and technical partner MPP Global Solutions.
Sids Rugby Summer SizzlerSid Domic and Wolfie have teamed up with Golden Gator for a summer of fun. If you like playing sport and would like to fund out more about life with the Wolves, then join us on our 2-day sports scheme.
|DAY 1Leisure Centre Fun 10:00am-2:00pm||Sports coaching with Sport Warrington followed by Leisure Centre based activity (packed lunch required).||DAY 2Life at the Wolves Den10:00am-2:00pm||Wilderspool Stadium, home of your heroes, learn more and tackle Sid Domic and ask him what he loves about the game. Win a prize on Wolfie's Quiz Time.|
Injury NewsWolves players Darren Burns, Sid Domic and Graham Appo will be subject to late fitness tests ahead of Saturday's game against Hull FC, K.O 6.05pm.Darren Burns suffered a scratch to the cornea resulting in blood forming behind the eye during Sunday's game against Salford. Darren has been rested for three days and will resume training on Thursday morning. He will then visit an eye specialist on Thursday afternoon to see how it reacted to training.Sid Domic is suffering from post viral syndrome and is still undergoing tests. He has been rested this week, but will resume training on Friday with a late fitness test on Saturday.Graham Appo who would have been recalled to the first team squad to cover the possible absences has suffered an ankle injury in training. Head Coach, Dave Plange commented, "Appo's start depends on whether the physios can get him right for Saturday's game. We are hoping that Darren and Sid will be both fit in time. Dean Busby will be in the 17 for Saturday's game. Which is a plus for us."Halifax have recalled Danny Halliwell from his week to week loan for their match this week. Danny is in discussions with both clubs about extending his loan at Warrington.
Team for SalfordHead Coach Dave Plange has named his team to face Salford City Reds at Wilderspool Stadium on Sunday 21st July, kick off 3.00pm.1. Lee Penny28. Danny Halliwell34. Ben Westwood11. Darren Burns26. Dave Alstead6. Lee Briers33. Nat Wood18. Nick Fozzard9. Jon Clarke8. Mark Hilton16. Jerome Guisset15. Paul Marquet13. Sid DomicSubs:35. Richie Mathers21. Paul Wood24. Paul Noone12. Dean BusbyMatt Sturm - Matt has gone on a month's loan to Whitehaven in the NFP his first game will be this Sunday against Oldham at Whitehaven. Matt broke his hand during the Wolves clash against Hull FC (5/5/02), he has played in the Wolves Academy, but has gone to Whitehaven through mutual agreement to regain match fitness.Rob Smyth - back in full training and contention for first team position after suffering a chest infection.Leon Felton - back in full training after virus and has been representing Warrington at Academy level.Tommy O'Reilly - back in full training after suffering ligament damage to ankle.Kevin Crouthers - has returned to first team training after several spells with Chorley Lynx and is vying for a first team position. Has played at Academy level since returning in June.John Hill - first team training and representing the Academy.Paul Noone - has been representing the Academy but over the last couple of first grade games has featured on the subs bench. Paul did do a spell with Chorley in May.Leroy Rivett - back in first team training after a chest infection and is available for first team selection.Gary Hulse- representing the Academy at present vying for a first team position.Michael Watts - loan player from Chorley has returned to the NFP club in June.Graham Appo - available for selection and has been representing the Academy.Mike Callan - training alongside the first team and representing the AcademyCraig McDowell - returned to Bradford after month's loan expired.Craig Johnson - signed from Wigan Academy has been training with the first team since May and has featured in the Wolves Academy.
CondolencesWarrington Wolves are saddened by the news that Shannon Bradsaw lost her fight to a rare form of leukaemia called 'a plastic amnemia'.The Wolves first heard of Shannon's plight in May when her family organised a Blood Testing Clinic in Warrington. All the players, coaching staff and administration staff where touched by the appeal so much so that they were all tested to see whether they could possibly be a match. Unfortunately, none of those tested at the initial clinic where a match, but did go on the Bone Marrow register as potential donors.The club learnt that a match was found for Shannon last week, but she had taken a turn for the worse and was too ill to have the operation. The club would like to pass on their condolences to all who knew this brave little girl.
Laughton SidelinedWolves prop Dale Laughton has been sidelined for a possible three weeks after taking a knock to his back in Sunday's game against Widnes Vikings at the Halton Stadium. Dale was substituted by Jerome Guisset in the 13 minute of the game aftertaking a knee to the back in a tackle.Dale has suffered recurring back problems for several seasons and was sidelined for six rounds (03/03/02 - Halifax until 30/04/02 - London) at the beginning of this season after under going an operation on his back.Head Coach Dave Plange commented, "It is a blow to the team to have Dale sidelined with a back problem, he was struggling at Widnes after a knock and the reason why I took him off the game. At the moment I think he will be out for at least three weeks while he undergoes intense physio to rectify the problem."On Sunday I will probably move Nick Fozzard to prop and start Jez (Guisset) at second row."
Wolves Go BananasThe Wolves will be holding their Summer Festival at Victoria Park on Wednesday 17th July, 1-3pm. The event is being supported by Asda in the Cockhedge Centre who are providing 300 bananas to keep the energy levels of the 25 teams entering from 13 Primary Schools in the Warrington Area.The idea behind the event is the finale of the Primary School's Summer Term giving schools the opportunity to put their skills to the test against other schools. All schools participating have been involved in the Wolves Community Development coaching clusters which run for six weeks at a time through out term times.The schools participating in this event are (at the time of going to press):