Cullens CommentHead Coach Paul Cullen looks towards this weekends fixture and the debut of Andrew Johns and the signing of Stuart Reardon and Richie Barnett jnr for next season.ITĂS BEEN A BUSY WEEK OFF THE FIELD WITH THE ARRIVAL OF ANDREW JOHNS AND THE SIGNINGS OF STUART REARDON, RICHIE BARNETT JNR AND THE RE-SIGNING OF PAUL NOONE. HOW HAVE YOU KEPT YOUR MIND ON THIS WEEKĂS GAME?We have simply prioritised making the most efficient use of the fit and able bodied players available.LEEDS, DO YOU THINK THAT YOU NOW HAVE THE MAN POWER TO OVER TURN THEM?I certainly hope so, they had their defensive qualities thoroughly examined and questioned in the last three games and they have to overcome the Andrew Johns situation. The Rhinos position going into this game is unique and so is ours.LOOKING BACK TO SALFORD ON SUNDAY, WHERE YOU HAPPY WITH THE RESULT?Very pleased with the two points, very pleased with the second half effort, very pleased with Nathan WoodĂs game saving contribution in the first 40 and very satisfied that we have the ability to correct and improve in the heat of the game.WHAT IS THE INJURY NEWS THIS WEEK?Ben Westwood is our only concern with an ankle that he has rolled twice in two consecutive games.HOW HAS ANDREW JOHNS FITTED INTO TRAINING THIS WEEK?As if he has been here all season.WHY REARDON?Stuart Reardon, I am delighted to add another international three quarter to the Club, Stuart has proved that he has the ability to play and win Grand Finals and compete at the highest international level at 23 we believe that his best years are yet to come.WHY RICHIE BARNETT JNR?Richie Barnett has tremendous pace and natural instinctive winger, a great physical presence and proven try scorer at only 24 his best years are yet to come. AND FINALLY WHY PAUL NOONE?Delighted to continue are working relationship with Paul Noone, technically and tactically very proficient and has been of great value to the club so far and we greatly look forward to Paul making an even bigger impact for 2006 and hopefully beyond.WHILST ANNOUNCING CAPTURES FOR 2006 DOES THIS FORCE ANY RELEASES?Unfortunately Dean Gaskell has not been offered a place in our squad for next year. He is a player that still ahs great potential and a player who we sincerely hope continues to improve and reap the benefits of all the hard work he puts in.
Wolves Double SigningWarrington Wolves have signed Stuart Reardon from Bradford Bulls and Richie Barnett Junior from Hull FC for the Engage Super League XI season.Stuart, 23 has signed a 3 year deal with the club and will join the team pre-season along with Richie.Richie, 24 a winger has signed a 2 year deal with the club and is expected to bring an intelligent approach to the game combined with his immense speed. Richie signed for Hull from Gateshead Thunder in 2004 after playing two seasons with the club making 33 +1 appearances and scoring 12 tries, the former Leeds Metropolitan University student who has represented Great Britain students, crossed for fourteen tries in seventeen starts and six appearances off the bench. That in it self in a phenomenal strike rate at whatever level you play the game. This season Richie has been on loan to Widnes Vikings playing 4 games and scoring 2 tries to gain invaluable first grade game time.Stuart, a fullback/winger is a Bradford local who signed to the Bulls from West Bowling ARLFC in 2000 and burst onto the scene in 2003 in spectacular style. Covered the full back role in the absence of Mick Withers and his performance in the Grand Final that year earned him the coveted Harry Sunderland Trophy as the Man of the Match. Last season saw him feature mainly on the wing and his performances saw him selected for the Tri Nations Series in which he made an outstanding contribution. He has already represented England 'A' and has been called into the Great Britain training squad. Reardon, who has scored 32 tries in 78 appearances for the Odsal club, had loan spells at Featherstone and Salford earlier in his career but firmly established himself in the Bradford line-up this season.Head Coach Paul Cullen commented on his new duo:"Stuart Reardon - delighted to add another international three quarter to the Club, Stuart has proved that he has the ability to play and win Grand Finals and compete at the highest international level at 23 we believe that his best years are yet to come. "Richie Barnett has tremendous pace and natural instinctive winger, a great physical presence and proven try scorer at only 24 his best years are yet to come."
Rd27 Team NewsHead Coach Paul Cullen has named his 20 man squad to face the Leeds Rhinos on Saturday night in Round 27 of the engage Super League at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.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 Johns (D)
Wolves Launch 2006 Season TicketsFollowing a successful Super League X campaign, Warrington Wolves are delighted to announce the launch of our eagerly awaited 2006 Season Tickets. They will be available for purchase at the club shop from 11am on Tuesday 13th September, with current North Stand ticket holders having until the 3rd October to renew their present seat.Adult prices start at ˙150 in the South Stand, ˙170 in the East and ˙220 in the North Stand. Junior Wolfpack season tickets start at ˙50 South, ˙55 East and ˙70 North, which includes both home AND away games.The Super League XI season will see a number of changes to stadium policy at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, most noticeably the implementation of astrong>no smoking policy throughout, and also the East Stand will revert tostrong>reserved seating. Therefore an East Stand Renewal Night will be held from 4pm to 8pm on Monday 12th September, in the Hospitality Lounge of the Martin Dawes Stand, for current East season ticket holders only. The purpose of this night is specifically for the renewal of East Season Tickets and seat choice for the forthcoming season.All current season ticket holder are asked to bring along their 2005 season ticket to speed up the renewal procedure.Exclusive Internet FacilityIf you would like to avoid the hassle and queues of purchasing in person from the club shop, then take advantage of our secure online ticketing facility atwww.wolfwareonline.com. This exclusive service will be available from Thursday 8th September for North and South renewals. Key Season Ticket Dates*12th September ű East Stand Renewal Night and seat choice for east season ticket holders only (4pm-8pm)*13th September ű All other season tickets available for renewals only, and South tickets available to non-season ticket holders*26th September ű East Stand seats become available tocurrent South and North Stand season ticket holders*3rd October ű Seat renewal deadline. All un-renewedseats in the North and East Stands become available to non-season ticket holders*1st November ű Earlybird deadline*22 December ű Wolfpack Earlybird deadlineAge CriteriaWolfpack - Aged between 5-16 (year 11 at school). Please note a photocopy of a birth certificate is requiredStudent - Aged 18+ and in full time education. Any person in part-time education will not qualify of our student rate. A photocopy of a college/university card showing course dates or a college letter of confirmation is required.Concession - Aged 60 years or over.
Bevan a Legend in OzBrian Bevan was yesterday inducted into AustraliaĂs NRL Hall of Fame at the Dally M Awards ceremony in Sydney. In doing so he becomes the first player to be a member of both the RFL and NRL Hall of Fame. This is a remarkable recognition of an Australian who played his rugby in England.Bevan is rugby leagueĂs record try scorer with a phenomenal 796 tries in 688 matches in a 20 year career in England. His tryscoring feats are legendary and it is a measure of this that his nearest rival, Billy Boston trails 225 tries behind Bevan.Brian Bevan spent 18 seasons at Wilderspool scoring 740 tries in 620 matches. His many highlights include three Championships and two Challenge Cup victories, including the famous 1954 replay at Odsal and so many memorable tries.He becomes the fourth Warrington player in the NRL Hall of Fame, joining Harry Bath, Dave Brown and Bobby Fulton.Warrington Wolves did not forget their most famous player in the move from Wilderspool Stadium to the Halliwell Jones Stadium. The well known Bevan statue came with the Club on its stadium move and a specially constructed ˘Bevan Wall÷ is a reminder of the Great ManĂs achievements.
Rd27 Ticket UpdateEngage Super League Round 27 Vs Leeds RhinosSaturday 10th September, 6:00pm KOAs he lands in England, Andrew Johns fever has hit Warrington and as predicted ticket sales for the final home game of the season are selling at an astonishing rate.There are now fewer than 800 tickets remaining for the West Stand which has been split 50:50 with Leeds fans. However, as Leeds now have fewer than 200 of their allocation remaining, demand is sky-high and we are expecting the stand to sell out before the weekend arrives.Dave Gittins, Ticket Office Manager comments:"All fans wishing to witness Andrew Johns' Wolves debut are strongly advised to purchase tickets without delay as a total sell-out is pretty much guaranteed. Saturday should be an amazing day and I am sure that he will be bowled over by the greeting of a full house at The Halliwell Jones Stadium."Tickets are available now from Wolfware, the ticket hotline on (01925) 248888 or online atwww.wolfwareonline.com
Johns ArrivesAndrew Johns arrived in Warrington today to begin his first training session with his new team mates and get ready for this Saturdays match against reigning Super League champions Leeds Rhions.After a very long trip, with three changes of plane, he arrived in the country this morning and after concerns in the media that a knock to the shin might put him in doubt for this weekends game he is looking forward to his debut.
Johns: 31Warrington Wolves can confirm that Andrew Johns, who will be on loan to the club from Newcastle Knights, has been given squad number 31. Andrew Johns merchandise with his new squad number is now available in the Wolfware shop and onwolwareonline.com.Johns, who is 31 - a tie in with his squad number, is due to fly in to the UK early next week to meet his new team mates and begin preparation for the Round 27 clash with the reigning Super League and World Champions Leeds Rhinos.Tickets for the game can be purchased from Wolfware at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on (01925)248888 or viawolfwareonline.
Cullens CommentPaul Cullen gives his views on the break in between the Super League and who will be de-registered.HOW HAVE YOU AND THE TEAM SPENT YOUR WEEK'S BREAK?Light duties, pre-Challenge Cup Final those who needed to train did, those who didn't were rested and a normal weeks preparation post Cup Final.HAVE THE BREAKS FOR THE POWERGEN CHALLENGE CUP THIS YEAR THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER BEING BENEFICIAL OR A HINDERANCE TO GAME PREPARATION?They have been of great benefit to date and hopefully will be even more so as the grind of the play-offs swings into full force. WAS IT THE EXPECTED OUTCOME OF THE CHALLENGE CUP FOR YOU?No team is unbeatable. HOW HAVE THE INJURIES PROGRESSED - DEAN GASKELL AND MIKE WAINWRIGHT?Both are doubtful for the Salford game.HAVE YOU MADE THE DIFFICULT DECISION ABOUT WHICH PLAYER IS TO BE DE-REGISTERED TO ALLOW ANDREW JOHNS TO PLAY?It will be Graham Appo who will be de-registered sue to his shoulder injury. It is an unfortunate time of season for Graham to get injured. The option is there for Graham to be still available for us if any one of the three overseas players gets injured. Whether Graham wants to take up that option, or chooses not to do because it is too difficult for him, is his decision and we'll support him either way. Contractually he is secure and he won't lose out financially in this situation.WE NEED ONE MORE POINT TO CONSOLIDATE OUR PLACE IN THE TOP SIX, DO YOU THINK SALFORD WILL BE AN EASY CONTEST ON SUNDAY?Playing Salford is never easy as we found out on Good Friday, but our preparation is about what we intend to do. WE HAVE SEVERAL PLAYERS OUT OF CONTRACT AT THE END OF THIS SEASON IN PARTICULAR DEAN GASKELL AND PAUL NOONE, WILL YOU BE RETAINING THEM OR RELEASING THEM?Any announcements will be made at the appropriate time.
Leeds Rhinos Ticket UpdateEngage Super League Round 22 vs Leeds RhinosSaturday 10th September, 6:00pm KONext Saturday sees the Wolves debut of the Worlds Greatest Player, Andrew Johns, and fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early to guarantee entrance to this momentous occasion. A full house of over 13,000 is anticipated for this final home game of the season, and as expected current sales have already surpassed the record set at the previous home game against St Helens.With less that 100 tickets now available for the East Stand, 500 for the South and 400 in the North, it means that there are now fewer than 1,000 tickets remaining for the ŠtraditionalĂ home areas. However due to the high volume of tickets sold and the uniqueness of the game, West stand tickets have been split 50:50 split between Wolves and Rhinos fans.Dave Gittins, Ticketing Office Manger comments:"We recognise that the debut of Andrew Johns in Primrose and Blue will be a unique occasion in our history and the interest not only from Wolves fans but from rugby league fans in general has been amazing. It is completely unheard of for us to have so few North Stand seats remaining, and also the East Stand looks likely to sell-out by tomorrow, with the South Stand almost certain to go by the end of the weekend. We encourage all fans to purchase tickets in advance to avoid the disappointment of missing this great event."