Briers Named Wales CaptainWolves skipper Lee Briers will captain Wales in their opening match of the European Nations Cup against Scotland on October 16th at Bridgend.The 27-year old halfback has missed the last two Cup tournaments through injury, winngin the last of his 10 Welsh caps in 2002 against the Kiwis."Lee was the obvious choice as skipper," commented the Welsh Coach Martin Hall. "He has done really well at Warrington this year and has always excelled at international level. I know he can do the job for us this autumn and bring the European Nations Cup back to Wales."Making his international debut in 1998 for Wales against England at Widnes. He was the standout player in the 2000 World Cup for the Principality, making a huge impact against World Champions Australia in the semi-final, scoring a try and two drop goals. Lee made his full Great Britain debut against France in Agen in 2001.The full Wales squad will be announced early next week.The 2005 European Nations Cup tournamentGroup 1IrelandScotlandWalesGroup 2FranceGeorgiaRussiaWeek 1 - 15-16 OctoberFrance vs Russia at Arles, Saturday 15th October, 5pmWales vs Scotland at Brewery Field, Bridgend, Sunday 16th October, 3pmWeek 2 - Sunday 23 OctoberRussia vs Georgia at Luzniki Stadium, Moscow, 3pmScotland vs Ireland at Glasgow Hawks RFC, 2.30pmWeek 3 - 29-30 OctoberIreland vs Wales at Terenure College RFC, Dublin, Saturday 29th October, 3pmGeorgia vs France at National Stadium, Tbilisi, Sunday 30th October, 7pmWeek 4Saturday 5th November European Nations Cup Final, Carcassonne, ko tbc
Chambers to lead CumbriaWolves assistant coach Gary Chambers has been re-appointed as the Cumbria county team head coach for the third successive year.The Cumbrian-born coach will be leading Cumbria when they play Ireland in a representative game at the Recreation Ground, Whitehaven on Sunday, October 16 (Kick off 3.00pm).Chambers was in charge of the revived Cumbrian team against New Zealand 'A' in 2003 and then the combined Australia-New Zealand ANZACS team last year.Chambers said: "Being appointed for the third time is just as exciting as it was for the first time."I'm a proud Cumbrian and I relish each challenge given to the county side. "Ireland will provide a stern task for us. They have included eleven players with Super League experience in their squad and we shall have to take them very seriously."Cumbrian Rugby League is in better shape than it has been for many years and I'm confident that we will go into the game in a great frame of mind".The Cumbrian team manager will be Des Byrne, the chairman of Whitehaven RLFC while Chambers will be assisted by Les Ash from Workington Town and Peter Smith from Whitehaven.Added Chambers: "We shall be announcing our squad closer to the game".
A Farewell to JoeyThe Wolves are delighted to announce that their fans will have an opportunity to bid "A Farewell to Andrew Johns".Joey, who flies home, next week, is looking forward to meeting some of the Wolves faithful next Tuesday, 4th October.The event, a Question and Answer Session, will take place in the PrimeTime Lounge in the Martin Dawes Stand. It will commence at 6.00pm and last for an hour; Head Coach Paul Cullen will be taking part in the Q&A.Admission is by ticket only, limited to 2 per person and priced at just ˙1.00 for adults and 50 pence for children. Tickets will be available from Wolfware, tomorrow Saturday from 9am-5pm. All proceeds will go to the Scholarship Trip to Australia.
England -v- KiwisWarrington Wolves are delighted that the Halliwell Jones Stadium has been selected by The Rugby Football League to host the International match between England and New Zealand. The match will be on Sunday 6 November with a 2.15pm kick-off.Ticket Prices are:North Stand Central seats ű Adults ˙15 and Concessions ˙5North Stand Wing seats ű Adults ˙12 and Concessions ˙5Martin Dawes East Stand (unreserved) seats ű Adults ˙12, Concessions ˙5 and Family Ticket ˙20 (2 adults and 2 concessions)South & West Standing ű Adults ˙10 and Concessions ˙3Tickets will be available from 17 October in the Wolfware shop. Tickets can be pre-ordered online atwww.wolfwareonline.com from Monday 3 October or by calling the Wolfware shop on 01925 248880.Hospitality packages are available in conjunction with Heathcotes of Warrington. Places are available in the Prime Time Lounge of the Martin Dawes Stand for ˙ 40 + vat (˙ 47). Included will be your seat, a three course meal and a comedian pre match. For further details or to make a booking please contact either Julie or Kyle on 01925 248880.This could be the first chance that Warrington Wolves fans get to see Kiwi star Paul Rauhihi play at The Halliwell Jones Stadium. Hoping to make the England team will be Ben Westwood (2004 European Nations player of the tournament), Chris Bridge, Mark Gleeson and Paul Wood.
Cullens CommentPaul Cullen looks towards the clubs first home play off game in Super League this weekend and reviews the final round of the year.WAS THERE EVER A POINT IN THE GAME THAT YOU THOUGHT THAT THE 2 POINTS WHERE SLIPPING AWAY?No, not at all. We have proven a number of times this year that the players can rally when under severe pressure. If we can come back from 30 ű 6 after an hour at Bradford, we can dig in with the best. IT WAS A GAME WITH MANY INCIDENTS OF ILL DISCIPLINE FROM PLAYERS, I.E. CHRIS BRIDGE ű SIN BIN, PAUL NOONE ű HIGH TACKLE AND BRENTĂS ŠTRIPPINGĂ, IS THAT A CONCERN FOR YOU? All games with such intensity will feature such incidents; our discipline was very good against Leeds and even better against a very dynamic and very determined Hull side. WAS IT A SIGH OF RELIEF WHEN MARK HILTON DECLARED HIMSELF FIT FOR THE GAME? To express relief would indicate apprehension pre-game and that certainly was not the case, we beat Leeds with out Mark Hilton and we were more than capable of repeating that at the KC. But we are delighted Mark came through the game at Hull and is available for selection along with Ben Westwood and Mike Wainwright for the return.WHEN A SITUATION LIKE THIS OCCURS AT THE 11TH HOUR, HOW HARD IS IT TO RE-ARRANGE THE TEAM? ItĂs not the first time this year that we have lost players the day before the game, the day of the game and even in the warm up and its testimony to our game and structure that whoever steps in doesnĂt weaken the effort. LOOKING AHEAD TO THIS WEEKĂS PLAY-OFF GAME WE FACE HULL FC FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A WEEK, IS THAT ADVANTAGE PLAYING THEM SO SOON AFTER BEATING THEM?We both know an awful lot about each other; because this is the fourth time we have played this year. They have an extra dimensions coming in and a number of injuries to look after, we have extra dimensions coming in and fortunately no injuries to consider.IS THERE ANY CHANGE TO YOUR PREPARATION THIS WEEK WITH IT BEING A PLAY-OFF SITUATION AND FACING THE SAME TEAM AS LAST WEEK?We have been in play off mode now for the last 3 to 4 weeks, the sessions are very sharp, very short and aimed to peak the side for game day.
Ticketing Update: Hull FCWarrington Wolves has approximately 100 unsold seats in the executive area of the North Stand. The seats are now for sales at ˙ 22 for adults and ˙ 14 concession, i.e. seat only tickets. These tickets are now available in the Wolfware Shop.There are also standing tickets available in the West Stand, adults ˙14 and concession ˙8. The West Stand tickets are still available in the Wolfware Shop and online atwww.wolfwareonline.com until 12 noon on Friday (for collection from Ticket Office on Saturday, after 3pm).Tickets will remain on sale at the Wolfware Shop until 3pm on Saturday and then from the Ticket Office until kick-off. All turnstiles will be ticket only.
Ticketing BulletinHome Playoff Ticket update:Playoff fever has hit the Warrington public as Wolves supporters have quickly snapped up all 9,000 available tickets in record time. North, East and South Stands completely sold out by the end of the first day of general sales, meaning that many fans were left were left without a ticket for the Wolves' 1st ever home playoff tie.Therefore, due to overwhelming demand, the Wolves have reclaimed a third of the West Stand tickets from Hull, and these are available to purchase from the club shop now. All 1,000 extra tickets are expected to sell out before the weekend and fans are encouraged to purchase early to avoid disappointment.Tickets can also be purchased online atwww.wolfwareonline.com.
Play Off Team NewsPaul Cullen has named his 20 man squad to face Hull FC in the Engage Super League Play-Off on Saturday 24th September 2005, kick off 6.00pm.1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson4. Toa Kohe Love6. Lee Briers (C)7. Nathan Wood8. Chris Leikvoll9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton11. Logan Swann12. Mike Wainwright13. Paul Noone14. Mark Gleeson15. Ben Westwood16. Paul Wood17. Danny Lima23. Andrew Bracek25. Chris Bridge28. Chris Riley31. Andrew JohnsRESTED:5 Dean Gaskell19 Daryl Cardiss21 Simon Grix22 Steve Pickersgill27 Ben Harrison
Ticket Update: Play OffAll stands are now Sold Out (with exception of some of the North stand tickets still at the printers), the tickets for the West Stand have gone on general sale to Hull fans today.North Stand: Sold OutSouth Stand: Sold OutEast Stand: Sold OutWest Stand: All tickets to Hull(Note: Season Ticket Holders with tickets 74-111 we have not received these from the printers yet and they are due Wednesday and will be reserved for Season Ticket Holders until Thursday 5pm).In addition, any unsold hospitality tickets, the seats will be made available for purchase on Friday 23rd September from 12noon.Tickets are no longer on sale online.
Gleeson A DreamWolves centre Martin Gleeson has been named in this years 2005 engage Super League Dream Team along with players from St Helens, Leeds, Hull and Bradford.The team is chosen by a panel of Rugby League media who regularly cover the engage Super League competition and is based on form throughout the 28 Round Regular season.There are 10 players within the 2005 selection who qualify to play for Great Britain including newly appointed captain Jamie Peacock.There is also one former Kangaroo tourist and one New Zealand international within the line-up.The 2005 engage Super League Dream TeamFull Back - Paul Wellens (St Helens)Wing - Mark Calderwood (Leeds Rhinos)Centre - Jamie Lyon (St Helens)Centre - Martin Gleeson (Warrington Wolves)Wing - Darren Albert (St Helens)Stand Off - Paul Cooke (Hull FC)Scrum Half - Rob Burrow (Leeds Rhinos)Prop - Jamie Thackray (Hull FC)Hooker - Keiron Cunningham (St Helens)Prop - Paul Anderson (St Helens)S/Row - Jamie Peacock (Bradford Bulls)S/Row - Ali Lauitiiti (Leeds Rhinos)Loose Fwd - Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos)