Young Wolves For EnglandWarrington WolvesÆ development strategies received a much deserved compliment last week when the announcement of the England Academy Under 17Æs squad to face the elite of the Australian Institute of Sport this winter, contained a quartet of Wolves products.Danny Colquitt, Michael Cooper, Ben Harrison and Chris Riley all have the chance to lead the charge when the England Academy Under 17Æs step out to contest a two game International Series against some of the best Australia can throw against them in November, after being named in a 24-man England Academy training squad from which selections will be made to take on the elite young Australians, who will all be products of one of the worldÆs greatest sources of talent, a dedicated system created for the pursuit of athletic excellence at the very top level.Chris Riley demonstrated that he has the character to make it at the top when he came through a gruelling test on his Engage Super League debut last week, whilst Cooper, Colquitt and Harrison canÆt be far behind him. And with such an acknowledged world star as Andrew Johns soon to make his Warrington landfall, what better environment could there be for taking the new generations of Warrington players through to a fresh level?Head Coach will be former Hull, Leeds, Castleford and Great Britain star Lee Crooks, who will have former Warrington and Huddersfield forward Basil Richards, now on the coaching staff of the Bradford Bulls, as his Assistant, whilst Team Manager will be St. Helens Development Manager Mike Rush.The selectors have named a 24-man squad, which will be trimmed to a playing strength of 20 following a warm-up game to be played in November.The full squad comprises seven players from the Wigan Warriors club, with half a dozen from St. Helens, four from the Warrington Wolves, three from the Leeds Rhinos and one each from the Bradford Bulls, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, as follows (in alphabetical order):James Archibald ¡ Leeds RhinosSam Burgess ¡ Bradford BullsPaul Clough ¡ St HelensDanny Colquitt ¡ Warrington WolvesMichael Cooper ¡ Warrington WolvesThomas Coyle ¡ Wigan WarriorsLeroy Cudjoe - Huddersfield GiantsKyle Eastmond ¡ St HelensDale Ferguson ¡ Wakefield Trinity WildcatsChris Frodsham ¡ St HelensSean Gleeson ¡ Wigan WarriorsDarrell Goulding ¡ Wigan WarriorsMichael Haley ¡ Leeds RhinosBen Harrison ¡ Warrington WolvesDean Hatton ¡ Wigan WarriorsBen Kavanagh ¡ Wigan WarriorsThomas Lee ¡ Hull FCDean McGilvray ¡ St HelensMichael McIllorum ¡ Wigan WarriorsScott Moore ¡ St HelensCraig Rennison ¡ Wigan WarriorsChris Riley ¡ Warrington WolvesSteven Tyrer ¡ St HelensJoe Walsh ¡ Leeds Rhinos
Cycle Train to WidnesNearly thirty Wolves fans decided to 'cycle themselves fitter' to Widnes and back for the recent Wolves versus Vikings fixture.The sun shone on these righteous eco-travellers and even the Widnes fans seemed to approve.A secure parking area was kindly provided by the Vikings and, saddle-soreness notwithstanding, a fine time was had by all.The exercise was so successful that it will be repeated when we next visit the Halton Stadium on August 21st.If you are interested, call Community Wolves on 01925 248894.
Cullens CommentPaul Cullen looks at the recent run of games and looks to the derby match this weekend with Widnes Vikings.3 LOSSES IN A ROW ARE YOU CONCERNED?Challenged and focussed on our performance against Widnes, no other team in the competition has beaten Leeds and St Helens back to back. We hit a fresher side last week who were the best team on the night. WHAT TO YOU CONTRIBUTE THE POOR PERFORMANCE ON FRIDAY AGAINST HUDDERSFIELD TO?A far better effort from Huddersfield than they offered in our previous two victories so far this season and a Warrington side who sent some very dangerous signals to the Giants in the first two sets. DO YOU THINK IT'S TIME TO SHAKE UP THE TEAM AND PLAY SOME MORE YOUNGSTERS AND SHOW OLD HEADS THAT THEIR POSITIONS ARE NOT SAFE IF THEY CONTINUE TO PLAY THAT WAY?Some of the old heads have carried this team over the previous 24 rounds and some of the youngsters and squad players who we would have expected to lighten their load have not made the contribution required for a variety of reasons; which are injury, inexperience and form. LIVE ON SKY SPORTS STEVEO COMMENTED DURING THE HUDDERSFIELD GAME THAT IF ANDREW JOHNS WAS WATCHING THE GAME HE WOULD BE TURNING HIS CONTRACT INTO CONFETTI. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT?Nothing at all.JUST HOW SERIOUS IS LEE BRIERS'S INJURY?Sufficient to force his absence against Wigan and London, furtherdamaged against Leeds which forced his absence against Saints and Huddersfield. HAS IT BEEN FRUSTRATING HAVING YOUR CAPTAIN SIDELINED FOR CRUCIAL GAMES THIS SEASON?We have won some very difficult games this year without Lee Briers, the London Broncos who were in great form being the most recent. Leeds and St Helens have proven that they are probably the only two teams in the competition that can consistently perform when injuries hit the senior players. CAN WE EXPECT ANYMORE SIGNINGS BEFORE THE END OF THIS SEASON?There are no imminent signings and at the moment our focus is not on next year, it's on Widnes.
Wolves Meet The PublicWarrington Wolves fans will have the fantastic opportunity to meet their engage Super League heroes when Paul Wood and Mark Gleeson make an appearance at the ASDA store in Birchwood, Warrington. Anyone who visits the store between 2:00 and 3:00pm on Friday, August 19 will be able to get autographs and have their pictures taken with the players.Warrington's hooker, Mark Gleeson, is one of the best up and coming players in Super League. Likewise his teammate, second rower, Paul Wood, has played for the first team for the last four seasons and is one of the best upcoming Great Britain forward prospects.There will be a prize draw for customers to win two season tickets to see Warrington's engage Super League home matches in 2006. Visitors are reminded to bring cameras and pictures/memorabilia for the players to sign!Child Trust Fund and Over-50s Life Cover product information will be available in-store. strong>engage Mutual Assurance helps families protect their financial welfare through simple, accessible, value for money protection and savings products.
Cullens CommentPaul Cullen gives his view on the Saints game last week and looks towards this Friday evening against the Huddersfield Giants.POST MORTEM TO FRIDAY NIGHT?Very simple, the sin bin killed us; two tries in that ten minutes period took a very good St Helens side too far away. One poor kick chase and the quality that we are all aware of who was invited to score. A SECOND DEFEAT TO ANOTHER TOP TABLE CONTENDER, DOES THAT REINFORCE THE GAP BETWEEN POSITION 1/2 AND 3/4 SPOT?With out doubt and the fact that we don't hide from, we will have to beat our very best to beat Saints or Leeds and no team can afford to be down to 12 men against them.DO YOU THINK THE TEAM MISSED BRIERS' EXPERIENCE AND COMMUNICATION?We have beaten a number of teams this year with out Lee Briers or Nathan Wood and occasionally without either of them. We did very well to push Saints backwards, our kick and chase was excellent with one exception,but our composure at the top end of the field failed to break them down. That does not mean they can't be broken if and when we get to full strength.WHAT HAVE YOU DONE THIS WEEK IN TRAINING TO CORRECT THOSE MISTAKES MADE?Reinforced our go forward to kick and chase and hopefully made more efficient use of our shape and structures in their twenty. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF COMMENTS IN THE PRESS SINCE FRIDAY'S GAME SAYING THAT ANDREW JOHNS IS WARRINGTON'S SAVIOUR. DO YOU THINK THERE IS TOO MUCH EXPECTATION OF JOHN'S WINNING GAMES SINGLE HANDEDLY?With the exception of Saints and Leeds all the other ten teams rely heavily on one- go to- man, we are working very hard to spread the work load. HUDDERSFIELD THIS WEEK, ARE YOU EXPECTING A TOUGH CONTEST?As always against the Giants, especially with Paul Reilly returning from his suspension.WHO ARE THE DANGER MEN FOR THE GIANTS?Their go- to man offensively is Chris Thorman with Brad Drew always a threat running from dummy half. HOW IS GRAHAM APPO AFTER FRIDAY'S GAME?Apps was a little dazed between the ears and a little sore in the shoulder, but is rehabbing with a real purpose and is aiming to be fit and available for Widnes.ARE YOU EXPECTING LEE BACK FOR THIS WEEKEND?No we will air on the side of caution; we are aiming for Widnes, ironically the game six weeks ago when he originally did it. The attempted short term comebacks have not worked and the thigh has now been completely shutdown and protected.HOW IS THE RECRUITING PLAN FOR 2006 COMING ALONG?Quietly and efficiently.
Rd 24 18 Man SquadCoach Paul Cullen has named his 18 man squad to face the Huddersfield Giants on Friday 12th August 2005, kick off 8pm live on Sky Sports.1 Brent Grose2 Henry Fa'afili3 Martin Gleeson4 Toa Kohe Love7 Nathan Wood (C)8 Chris Leikvoll9 Jon Clarke10 Mark Hilton11 Logan Swann12 Mike Wainwright13 Paul Noone14 Mark Gleeson15 Ben Westwood16 Paul Wood17 Danny Lima22 Steve Pickersgill25 Chris Bridge28 Chris Riley (D)INJURIES5 Dean Gaskell - groin injury sustained in RND21 v London Broncos (17/07/05)6 Lee Briers - thigh injury sustained in RND 20 v Wigan Warriors (09/07/05)18 Graham Appo - shoulder injury sustained in Rnd23 v St Helens (05/08/05)U21s19 Daryl Cardiss21 Simon Grix23 Andrew Bracek26 Nicky Royle27 Ben Harrison
Powergen Skills DayOn Thursday 18th August the Wolves Award Winning Community Team will be teaming up with Powergen to deliver a 'Fun Rugby League Skills Day' at The Halliwell Jones Stadium!The event is open to all 8-11 year olds and will incorporate a Stadium Tour, use of the brand new Philip Williams 'Sport Wall' and an introduction to the equipment and sports incorporated within the Wolves new Liverpool John Lennon 'Fitkids' programme.Warrington Wolves stars will also be in attendance towards the end of the day to sign autographs and answer all of your questions!The activities start at 11am and run till 3.15pm and the event is completely free of charge!*A packed lunch is required*Suitable outdoor kit and footwear will be needed (no boots please)You will also have use of the fantastic Rugby League 'Skill Zone' Inflatable, where you will be able to take part in passing, tackling and kicking activities.If you would like to come and join the fun, please contact Debbie Blackburn on 01925 248894 to register.Please note that places for this event are limited and are ONLY available by pre-booking. For health and safety reasons, we will be unable to accept those who have not pre-booked.PLEASE NOTE THAT WARRINGTON WOLVES WOULD LIKE TO TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS AT THIS EVENT FOR THEIR RECORDS AND TO PUBLICISE THE WORK OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Rd23: Ticket UpdateRound 23 v St HelensTONIGHT8pm Kick OffSouth Stand: SOLD OUTMartin Dawes Stand: SOLD OUTNorth Stand: Less than 200 tickets available, with few togetherWest Stand: Are available to Warrington Wolves fans, the Club is expecting a large contingent of home fans to go in this stand.Please purchase your tickets from Wolfware on 01925 248888
Rd23 18 Man SquadPaul Cullen has named his 18-man squad to face St Helens on Friday night:1 Brent Grose2 Henry Fa'afili3 Martin Gleeson4 Toa Kohe Love7 Nathan Wood8 Chris Leikvoll9 Jon Clarke10 Mark Hilton11 Logan Swann12 Mike Wainwright13 Paul Noone14 Mark Gleeson15 Ben Westwood16 Paul Wood17 Danny Lima18 Graham Appo25 Chris Bridge28 Chris Riley (D)*INJURED:5. Dean Gaskell - groin injury sustained in RND21 v London Broncos (17.07.05)6. Lee Briers - thigh injury sustained in RND 20 v Wigan Warriors (09/07/05)U21s (NO MATCH THIS WEEKEND)19. Daryl Cardiss21. Simon Grix22. Steve Pickersgill23. Andrew Bracek26. Nicky Royle27. Ben Harrison*Chris Riley, 17 Woolston Rovers ARLFC signed 18 months ago and has gone through the system playing regular U21s this season. Has had representative honours for England and Lancashire this season, scoring for England against France. Featured in the pre-season friendlies on the wing against Widnes, Barrow and Whitehaven.
Joey' JoinsWarrington Wolves are offering Australian legend Andrew 'Joey' Johns, 31 the opportunity to play in British Super League. Johns, the current halfback with NRL club Newcastle Knights will be coming on loan to the Wolves until the end of season arriving in time to train sufficiently and play in Engage Super League X: Round 27 v Leeds Rhinos.He usually plays half-back, but has played in other positions at times throughout his career. He was born in Cessnock the son of a coal miner and country rugby league player. After playing junior rugby league in Cessnock, he joined the Newcastle Knights in 1989. He made his first grade debut in 1994 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs. On his first class debut for the Newcastle Knights he scored a record tally of points - 23 - for a player making his first Premiership start.He soon formed a partnership with his older brother Matthew, who played at five-eighth. He played a pivotal role in the Knights' 1997 ARL grand final against Manly, playing through injury. The partnership was broken in 2000 when salary cap pressures forced Matthew to leave the club and join Wigan Warriors.He would soon become captain of the team, and led the Knights to another grand final win, beating the Parramatta Eels 30-24 in 2001. He was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for man of the match.In his career, he has also represented his country at two World Cups, and one Kangaroo tour, playing 17 games for the Australian Kangaroos. He has also played in 23 games for the New South Wales Blues in a decade of State of Origin, captaining the side to a series win in 2001 and 2003. In a surprising move by NSW Origin selectors, Andrew Johns was picked to replace injured halfback Trent Barrett in this year's State of Origin Game 2 and Game 3. Johns made his comeback from a broken jaw and has been out of action for much of the last 18 months due to a knee reconstruction. He has also played for the Country Origin side in 1995 and 1996.He is often considered the best player of his generation, but has been plagued by injury in the past few seasons, often before or during the finals series. He was the target of a massive offer from rugby union in 2004, but decided to stay on with the Knights until 2007 on a two-year deal, which includes a contract with Channel 9 at the end of his career.He is a life member of the Knights, alongside his brother, Matthew Johns.Representative Honours
- Country Origin 1995-1996
- 23 games for NSW 1995-2002, 2005
- 17 Tests 1995-2002
- World Cups 1995, 2000
- Kangaroo tour 2001
- He has captained Club, State and Country
- Most Valuable Player in 1995 World Cup
- Dally M winner in 1998, 1999 and 2002
- Provan-Summons Medal winner in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
- Rugby League Week's Player of the Year 1998, 1999, 2002
- NRL Player of the Year 1998, 1999, 2002
- Won Golden Boot award as best player in the world 1999, 2001
- Player of the Series Australia v Great Britain 2001
- Clive Churchill Medal 2001