Wolves Take on BullsWarrington Wolves have today announced that they will play Bradford Bulls in a Pre-Season Friendly on January 2nd 2006.The game, which will kick off at 3.00 pm at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, and is part of the Wolves preparations for the start of engage Super League XI on February 12th.Bulls Coach Brian Noble said today:"I am delighted we have been able to arrange this game against high quality opposition. We are aiming to hit the ground running when we take on the Australian Champions. We will be fielding a very competitive side and it will give our supporters an early opportunity to see some of our new signings, including Stanley Gene and Adam Watene in action. It will also be a great opportunity for some of our younger players to show what they can do against a very good Warrington side."Warrington Coach Paul Cullen commented:"Our programme is about blending Senior, U21 and U18 players into a squad to compete in serious trial games over the Xmas and New Year period and is delighted to have the opportunity to pit them against such strong opposition as Bradford Bulls. This policy protects the international players and allows those recovering from operations to fully rest and rehabilitate for the forthcoming Super league season.It mixes new overseas and local recruits with established 1st team players and those who we are attempting to fast track; it also provides us with the opportunity to work combinations that may be used in Super League X1."
Wolves Open at HomeThe Wolves will open their engage Super League XI campaign at home to the Salford City Reds on Sunday 12th February, Kick-off 3pm.The one fixture most Wolves fans will be looking for is the away game against new side Catalan Dragons. Saturday 6th May sees the Wolves visit the Aime Giral stadium to lock horns on foreign soil with the Southern French side.May is a tough month starting with Leeds at home before 2 away games back to back within the space of 12 days, including a long trip to France and then the ever-tough visit to Knowsley road to cap things off.A trip to the Capital in June to the renamed London side Harlequins Rugby League at the Stoop is also usually a highlight for the army of travelling fans, a 6pm kick-off on the Saturday evening should help the journey up but maybe not back home.The Wolves initially appear 9 times in front of the Sky Sports Cameras:
- Rnd 3. Hull FC, 25th Feb @ Halliwell-Jones
- Rnd 4. St Helens, 3rd March @ Halliwell-Jones
- Rnd 6. Catalan Dragons, 18th March @ Halliwell-Jones
- Rnd 8. Bradford, 8th April @ Odsal
- Rnd 10. Castleford, 17th April @ Wheldon
- Rnd 12. Leeds, 1st May @ Halliwell-Jones
- Rnd 16. Harlequins RL, 10th June @ The Stoop
- Rnd 19. Castleford, 1st July @ Wheldon Rd
- Rnd 21. Hull FC, 15th July @ KC Stadium
Gleeson Lends a Hand to HattonWarrington Wolves Great Britain star Martin Gleeson took time out ahead of Great BritainĂs crunch Gillette Tri Nations match with Australia on Saturday to see first hand how Ricky Hatton was preparing ahead of his ŠUnificationĂ fight in Sheffield with Carlos Maussa.Hatton, the IBF Light Welterweight World Champion, faces WBA Champ Maussa at the Hallam FM Arena on Saturday 26th November, and Gleeson was certainly impressed with the ŠHitmanĂsĂ condition, after being invited along to meet Hatton courtesy of the event promoters, Fight Academy.Martin Gleeson said: "Ricky was a top bloke and IĂd like to wish him all the best for the Maussa fight. ItĂs the same night as the Tri Nations Final at Elland Road so hopefully weĂll have our own reason to celebrate that evening too. The Final will be finished before Ricky takes to the ring, and Sheffield is obviously only down the road from Leeds, so hopefully weĂll be there to cheer him on."
Bevan Debuts17th November marks the sixtieth anniversary of Brian Bevan's debut for Warrington. Bevan played on the right wing, as A.N.Other, for Warrington against Oldham at Wilderspool, in place of the injured Albert Johnson.Warrington won the match 12 - 3. Bevan did not score a try but a side steeping run created a try for his centre Les Jones. The Warrington team that day was: Belshaw, Bevan, L.Jones, Higginbottom, Ratcliffe, Helme, Fairclough, H.Jones, Cotton, Miller, Bennett, Gregory, Taylor. Brian Bevan was in the Australian Navy and whilst on leave contacted Bill Shankland to fix him up with a trial. Both Leeds and Hunslet did not respond to Shankland's request for a trial for the young Australian, however Warrington did and Bevan played for the "A" team on 10 November 1945. He scored a dazzling try in a 23 - 8 victory over Widnes at Wilderspool.Immediately after the Oldham match Warrington signed up the young winger on a three year contract. Brian Bevan returned to the Australian Navy and was demobbed in January 1946. He returned to Warrington in August 1946 to begin his three year contract (he stayed 16 years at Wilderspool). The rest is history as Bevan went on to amass a career record of 796 tries, 225 more than his nearest rival, Billy Boston. Brian Bevan is the only player to be inducted into both the British and Australian Halls of Fame. He was truly a Legend of Rugby League.
Wolves Stripped and ReadyThe Wolves are delighted to announce that their new Puma kit may now be pre-ordered online fromwww.wolfwareonline.com. Before becoming available to purchase from Wolfware on Thursday 24th November.Brilliant white with traditional primrose and blue markings, the latest shirt features the very popular polycotton fabric.The garment has already proved popular with members of next yearĂs playing squad, Mike Wainwright has enthused that, "This kit is just what we need as we continue our progress. ItĂs light, comfortable and durable and should come up as good as new in the wash."Martin Gleeson was particularly excited about the shorts,"The shirtĂs great but IĂm really looking forward to pulling on the new shorts with their superb 'half-moon' design."Paul Rauhihi was less committal,"Does my bum look big in these shorts?" was his major concern.
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Pre-Season FriendliesWarrington Wolves can confirm the following fixtures have been put in place for the pre-season of Engage Super League XI: WIRE FM BOXING DAY CHALLENGEMonday 26th December 2005Widnes Vikings v Warrington WolvesHalton Stadium, WidnesKick off 3.00pmWednesday 11th January 2006 Swinton Lions v Warrington WolvesSedgley Park RUFC, WhitefieldKick off 7.30pm MIKE WAINWRIGHT TESTIMONIAL GAMEWarrington Wolves v Salford City RedsSunday 29th January 2006The Halliwell Jones StadiumKick off 3.00pmTicketing information will be forthcoming.
Pre-Order Wolves Home KitWarrington Wolves are offering their fans the unique opportunity of pre-ordering their home kits before they go on general sale on Thursday 24th November from 9.00am in Wolfware in the North Stand of the Halliwell Jones Stadium. The kits will preview online atwww.wolfwareonline.com from Thursday 17th November and pre-orders* can be booked online.This seasonĂs shirt will continue to retail at the same price as last season offering great value for money.
4 Make the England Academy U17sWarrington Wolves are delighted to announce that four of their players have been named in the England Academy U17s. The players are Chris Riley, 17, Ben Harrison, 17, Danny Colquitt, 16 and Michael Cooper, 16.Chris Riley, winger/fullback made his debut for the Wolves first team against Huddersfield Giants (12th August 05) and scored his first try against Widnes in the Wolves historic win of 16-60 at the Halton Stadium. Chris has featured in both Academy Teams for the Wolves last season having started in the Foundation Academy in 2004.Ben Harrison, 17 year old forward who has played consistently for both Academy teams since joining the Wolves Foundation from Barrow Island ARLFC in March 2004. Ben who last season completed his A-level studies a year early took up the opportunity to train with the first team and is just awaiting his debut. He also captained England Schools Under 16Ăs last season.Danny Colquitt, a renowned hard working back rower who signed from Blackbrook in St Helens to the Foundation Academy last season has played for both Academies last season.Michael Cooper, a big strong hard hitting frontrower, who signed from local club Latchford last season to the Foundation Academy and is pushing forward into the Junior and Senior Academies.Junior Academy Coach Dave Elliott commented, "This is a great honour for the lads to gain international recognition for their talents and hardwork in all the academies at the Wolves this season. It is also an achievement for Michael Cooper who is in the age group below Colquitt, Harrison and Riley to achieve recognition so early in his career."The two internationals against the AIS, who are coached by ex-Warrington Coach Brian Johnson will be hosted by Castleford Tigers at the The Jungle on Friday, November 25 (Kick off 7.00pm.) and St Helens at Knowsley Road on Wednesday, November 30 (Kick off 7.00pm).They will also compete against GB U18`s amateur team on Monday 21st November, 7.00pm at Spotland, Rochdale.
Wolves Chairman Receives Highest Honour of WarringtonWarrington Wolves would like to send their public congratulations to their Chairman, Lord Hoyle of Warrington who was appointed an Honorary Freeman of the Borough at an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council on Friday 11th November 2005.The Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour that a Council can award and Lord Hoyle has received this honour based on his services to the Borough of Warrington.The former MP for Warrington was awarded the freedom of Gibraltar in September 2004 and was selected for this honour after his work to promote the self determination of Gibraltarians.