Player BannedWarrington Wolves player, David Highton, 22 has been banned from the game until 30th April 2002 under the RFL's Doping Control regulations.Head Coach Darryl Van de Velde commented, "I support the decision taken by the RFL, because I firmly believe there is no place in the game for players who cheat the system. However, I do have some sympathy in David's case as he took the product in good faith for an injury advised by an source outside of the RFL."Warrington Wolves will not be making any further comment and will not be making any of its representatives available for an interview on this subject.
Darryl will not extend contractDarryl Van de Velde announced today that he would not be seeking extension to his current contract, which expires at the end of this season. Darryl will be returning to Australia at the end of the season.He has chosen this time to announce his departure to give the Board the opportunity to appoint his successor for Super League VII. He advised the Board that this would also give them the opportunity to re-sign the clubs' core players for the following season.Darryl Van de Velde does not wish to comment any further at this stage other than, "My main focus from now until the end of the season, is to maintain a winning sequence and to improve the team's position in the league."Over the past three seasons under the control of van de Velde the Wolves have climbed the Super League table from 10th in Super League III to just outside a play-off place in 6th last season.
Briers - No fracture!It has been confirmed that Lee Briers has not fractured his thumb as first feared last night in the Origin game. Lee represented Lancashire in the Origin game at Headingley last night, but left the field after approx 30 minutes of the first half after taking a knock in a tackle.Briers, the only Warrington player to have been picked for this years Origin game, is likely to be side lined for Warrington's game against Salford at the Willows on Sunday, as a precaution until the swelling reduces.
WATCH THE GAME SKY T.V. DIDN'T WANT!!!WolvesVWiganFirst Showing of the Video!AT: The Touchdown Club, Wilderspool ON: Thursday 7th June 2001 @ 7:30pm
- ENTRANCE ú1.00 PER PERSON
- RAFFLE TO WIN FIRST COPY OF THE VIDEO
- VIDEO ON SALE @ ú10.00 ON THE NIGHT/li>
- VIDEO ON GENERAL SALE ON FRIDAY MORNING FROM THE CLUB SHOP PRICED ú11.00 /ul>
Briers named in Origin sideLee Briers has been name in the stand-off role for Lancashire for tomorrows "Origin" match against Yorkshire.Lee will partner late inclusion Paul Deacon in the half back roles and will up against the White Rose duo of Danny Orr (Castleford Tigers) and Tony Smith (Hull FC).LancashireKris Radlinski (Wigan Warriors)Paul Wellens (St Helens)Paul Johnson (Wigan Warriors)Gary Connolly (Wigan Warriors)Dom Peters (London Broncos)Lee Briers (Warrington Wolves)Paul Deacon (Bradford Bulls)Terry O'Connor (Wigan Warriors)Keiron Cunningham (St Helens)Barrie McDermott (Leeds Rhinos)Paul Sculthorpe (St Helens)Chris Joynt (St Helens)Andy Farrell (Wigan Warriors)Subs:Neil Turley (Leigh Centurions)Tim Jonkers (St Helens)Andy Coley (Salford City Reds)Terry Newton (Wigan Warriors)Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos)YorkshireDaryll Cardiss (Halifax Blue Sox)Leon Pryce (Bradford Bulls)Chev Walker (Leeds Rhinos)Keith Senior (Leeds Rhinos)David Hodgson (Wigan Warriors)Danny Orr (Castleford Tigers)Tony Smith (Hull FC)Brian McDermott (Bradford Bulls)James Lowes (Bradford Bulls)Stuart Fielden (Bradford Bulls)Jamie Peacock (Bradford Bulls)Lee Radford (Bradford Bulls)Lee Gilmour (Bradford Bulls)Sub:Francis Maloney (Salford City Reds)Francis Cummins (Leeds Rhinos)Paul King (Hull FC)Darren Fleary (Leeds Rhinos)Paul Anderson (Bradford Bulls)
Kidwell in Opta TeamA good two-try performance at the weekend has seen Kiwi David Kidwell be named in the Opta stats team of the week in the centre position. Topping this weeks stats is Andy Farrell who narrowly beat Iestyn Harris and Adrian Lam for the top spot.Opta Team of the Week - Tetley's Super League Round Twelve
- Richie Barnett (London Broncos) - 1200 points
- Tevita Vaikona (Bradford Bulls) - 976/li>
- Lee Gilmour (Bradford Bulls) - 1294/li>
- David Kidwell (Warrington Wolves) - 1140/li>
- Dominic Peters (London Broncos) - 608/li>
- Iestyn Harris (Leeds Rhinos) - 1416/li>
- Adrian Lam (Wigan Warriors) - 1412/li>
- Stuart Fielden (Bradford Bulls) - 1008/li>
- Keiron Cunningham (St Helens) - 1260/li>
- Jim Gannon (Halifax Blue Sox) - 902/li>
- Andy Hay (Leeds Rhinos) - 852/li>
- Shayne McMenemy (Halifax Blue Sox) - 804/li>
- Andrew Farrell (Wigan Warriors) - 1420
Origin Express!The "Origin" match between Lancashire and Yorkshire at Headingley on Tuesday 5th June is a fantastic opportunity for Wolves fans to cheer on Lancashire to a resounding victory over old rivals Yorkshire.The package is simple, buy a ticket and for an extra two pounds get coach travel to and from the game!Prices are:Adults ú12.00Concession ú7.00The club have been limited to the number of tickets available for this promotion and they are already selling fast contact the club shop on (01925) 235005 for details or bookings. The coach will leave at 5:30pm from St James car park.
Briers in OriginWolves stand off Lee Briers has been selected for the Lancashire squad for the Origin: The Game 2001 on 5th June 2001, at Headingley.Briers made an impact on the Lincoln World Cup 2000 in a strong partnership with Iesytn Harris, will they revive that partnership for the Origin?Lee joined Warrington in 1997 from neighbours St Helens, 1999 has been his most successful year for the club amassing 196 points from 83 goals, 6 tries and six field goals. Lee looks on target to beat that total this season with 9 tries and 40 goals (108 points) from 13 appearances.
Round 10 Team NewsWith last weeks opportunity to rise into sixth place sadly lost the Wolves have a match in which they play a side that is below them in the table but able to play some stunning rugby to a high degree. The two teams immediately above the Wolves, Castleford (on nine points) and London (on ten points), face each other this afternoon but only a runaway victory by the homeside would give us any chance of increasing a place this evening with a -51 points deficit. With the Public Inquiry in full swing and the likelihood of the Inspector visiting the match the game is under more scrutiny than usual, and two important points are up for grabs.Squad:HunteSmythLoveSibbitPennyBriersLangerMasellaClarkeNutleyMercerBusbyNikauSubs.AlsteadMcCurrieGuissetKidwellThe return of Lee Penny to the squad after last week ruling himself out still unfit is a boost. Also straight in on loan from London Broncos at hooker is Jon Clarke who has taken over from the injured Dave Highton.Dave Highton is likely to be out for the next 8 weeks with his facial fracture but is looking to get back into the team as soon as possible and has been training with the first team squad. Steve Georgallis, who impressed with his workrate and commitment, is looking to be available for the last three games of the season and is anxious to get back to some training.