Rd 13 - Team NewsPaul Cullen has named his initla 20 man squad to face Wigan Warriors this Sunday in Round 13 of the engage Super League.1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson4. Toa Kohe Love5. Dean Gaskell6. Lee Briers7. Nathan Wood8. Chris Leikvoll9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton11. Logan Swann12. Mike Wainwright13. Paul Noone14. Mark Gleeson15. Ben Westwood16. Paul Wood17. Danny Lima22. Steve Pickersgill23. Andrew Bracek25. Chris BridgeINJURY NEWS:18. Graham Appo - recovering from a knee op (2/5/05)19. Daryl Cardiss - hamstring/back pre-season injury sustained pre-Boxing Day friendly v Widnes (26/12/04)21. Simon Grix - fractured fibula/ankle socket, dislocated ankle and torn ligaments sustained in U21s grading fixture v Leeds Rhinos (26/02/05)ON LOAN:20. Warren StevensU21s:26. Nicky Royle
Wainwright Signs for 2006Wolves backrower Mike Wainwright has agreed a one year extension to his contract that will see him at the club until the end of 2006. Mike, who has been ever present so far this season in the backrow, was signed from local club Woolston Rovers making his debut for Warrington back in 1994 against Doncaster.A NEW CONTRACT SIGNED UNTIL THE END OF 2006, ARE YOU GOING TO FINISH YOUR CAREER HERE?Yes I have one more year then I will take it from there.WERE YOU WORRIED WITH THE TALK OF NEW SIGNINGS FOR 2006 PRIOR TO SIGNING YOUR NEW DEAL?Not really as the team is improving week by week and new signings will just make us stronger in the future.WHAT WOULD WINNING A TROPHY WITH WARRINGTON MEAN TO YOU?It would mean everything to me win a trophy here. Next year will be my 14th season in rugby and I have yet to win a trophy in 1st grade.BEING PLAYER OF THE YEAR LAST SEASON DOES THAT PLACE YOU UNDER ANY MORE PRESSURE TO PERFORM THIS YEAR?No it didnĂt I am happy with my form this season, I am really enjoying my rugby and to win the player of the year last season was an honour but it has not put me under any undue pressure this year.THE RIGHT EDGE HAS BEEN SCORING TRIES FOR FUN THIS SEASON, HOW DO YOU FEEL THE LEFT EDGE HAS GONE?The left has been stronger following Nat WoodĂs return after injury. The right edge has been stronger as the players on that side have been consistently the same Lee Briers, Martin Gleeson and Henry FaĂafili. We have had a few changes so itĂs going to take a while to click.WE PLAYED WIGAN OFF THE PARK AT HOME LAST SEASON, CAN YOU BETTER THAT THIS YEAR?The most important thing is to get the win, however you beat Wigan is a good win and I am confident we will win.AFTER THE HAMMERING AT SALFORD A BIG MONTH FOLLOWED WITH WINS OVER WIDNES, WAKEFIELD, BRADFORD AND HULL, HOW DO YOU KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING?Since our defeat against Salford and the victory over Widnes the atmosphere in the club has been more relaxed and that has brought out the best in the team.ONLY MARTIN GLEESON IN THE GREAT BRITAIN SQUAD, ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED THAT YOU AND MORE OF YOUR TEAM MATES DIDNĂT GET INCLUDED?A few players in the squad did deserve to be in Mark Hilton, Ben Westwood, Jon Clarke and Lee Briers have been playing really well. Though there is still time for everyone.HOW HAVE YOU SPENT YOUR TIME SINCE THE LAST GAME AGAINST ST HELENS?5 days in Spain with the family relaxing, the next best thing to being in the Challenge Cup.IF YOU COULD MAKE ONE RULE CHANGE IN THE GAME WHAT WOULD IT BE?Whoever scores the try kicks the goal!
Cullen is Coach of the MonthWolves Coach Paul Cullen has picked up the monthly engage Super League award for best coach. Paul was presented with his award by former player Parry Gordon, the ex-scrum half who made 543 appearances for the club.Cullen was nominated for the accolade by the awardĂs independent panel of journalists who were impressed by his grit in driving his side to win three of the last four matches after a shaky start to the season. Warrington has pulled off victories against Bradford Bulls, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Hull before losing by just one point away to St Helens.He said: "I am absolutely delighted to be selected for this Award. We had a tough start to the season and are now starting to find our form and may this continue in our efforts to secure a Top six place."
Wolves StatementFollowing the statement issued by Eamon McManus, Chairman of St. Helens Rugby League Club in relation to the termination of Ian Millward's contract, Warrington Wolves confirm that Lord Hoyle, the Clubs Chairman, wrote to their Chairman in regard to foul language being used against one of the club's employees. This course of action we would take for any one of our employees subjected to verbal abuse.Ian Millward subsequently apologised and this apology was accepted by our employee and with that the matter was closed as far as Warrington Wolves were concerned.The relationship between St. Helens and their Head Coach is a matter for them, as indeed is any action they take following their investigations.
Wolves Origin PlayersWarrington Wolves have had five players selected for the Lancashire Junior Academy (under 18) squad for the Origin match against Yorkshire at the Halton Stadium, Widnes on Saturday 21 May, kick-off 3.30pm. This year's U18s Lancashire Junior Academy Coach is the Wolves' Scholarship Manager Vinny Webb.The players are:
- Chris Riley, a 17 year old winger or full-back. He has played in the academy grading matches for both the under 18s and under 21s. He was a member of last season's Foundation Academy (under 16s) team.
- Andrew Bracek, an 18 year old forward signed from St Helens at the end of the 2004 season. He has made 5 Super League appearances as substitute this season. He went on last season's successful Great Britain Junior Academy tour of Australasia.
- Ben Harrison, a 17 year old forward. He has played in the academy grading matches for both the under 18s and under 21s. He was a member of last season's Foundation Academy (under 16s) team. He captained England Schools (Under 16s) last season.
- Luke Murfin, an 18 year old back row forward. In his second season at Warrington Wolves, he too has been a regular in the Under 18s and played some matches for the Under 21s.
- Kyle Neal, a 17 year old prop forward. He will celebrate his 18th birthday the day before the Origin match. He is in his second season at Warrington Wolves.
Wolves Academy Kicks OffThe Wolves Under 18 Academy side kicks-off it's first match of the Championship this Saturday against Wigan Warriors, after a great run in the initial four match grading phase.The Warriors bring the cream of their Academy to Wilderspool for the 3pm kick-off as the young Wolves look to continue their grading phase form having beaten London, Leigh and Academt Champions Leeds.The match is preceeded by the Under 16 Foundation Academy at 1pm who are up against local rivals Widnes Vikings.Full fixtures are available for Academy games on the Wolf Web Fixtures item.
Wolves Players WantedFollowing their success of winning the lower division title in their first season, Warrington Wolves Ladies' Rugby League team carried their excellent form into the upper division in this campaign. They are now looking to recruit new players for their 2005-2006 season.Training is carried out by qualified professional coaches, it's fun and suitable for everyone from newcomers to experienced players. Anyone interested in becoming part of the team can either come to training at Victoria Park, Warrington, on Thursdays 8:00 till 9:00PM, or contact Steve Nixon on 07814 382 662, or Jane Banks on 01925 248880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
100th Anniversary of 1st Cup Win29th April 2005 is the 100th anniversary of Warrington's first Challenge Cup Trophy success.img src="1905_team.jpg" caption="The 1905 Challenge Cup Winning Team" alt="The 1905 Challenge Cup Winning Team" width="375" height="233" hspace="2" vspace="2" border="0" align="right">Jackie Fish scored both tries in a 6 - 0 win over Hull Kingston Rovers at a wet Headingley.Warrington made their third Challenge Cup final appearance thanks to a brilliant interception try by Fish against Bradford in the semi-final. Warrington had beaten Morecambe, Keighley (after a replay) and Wigan in earlier rounds. The replay at Keighley kicked off an hour late, at 5pm, because of the late arrival of the train carrying the Warrington team.Match ReportA dreary and wet day restricted the crowd to 19,638 for the final at Headingley, Leeds. The weather conditions made the pitch very soft which suited the heavier Hull KR pack.Initially the match was dominated to the two packs and did not move into the respective 25's for the first half hour. At which point Jackie Fish made a great break, but slipped on the wet turf with the line at his mercy. It was the only scoring opportunity of the first half.Warrington went ahead within three minutes of the restart when Fish scored a try in the corner. His second came following a scrum in the Warrington half. Scrum half Davies raced down the field, eventually passing to Isherwood, who handed on to Fish. Fish galloped away and placed the ball between the posts. Hallam missed the conversion and a subsequent penalty. Warrington were now on top and finished worthy winners.TeamJack Hallam (captain), a full back who played 217 matches for Warrington.Jackie Fish, Warrington's first Superstar, scored 215 tries and 262 goals for 1,169 points, he scored 3 tries in 3 England appearances and scored 16 tries for Lancashire in 16 matches.Danny Isherwood, played 217 matches for Warrington and one for Lancashire.George Dickenson, played in the first Test match against Australia, and also represented England and Lancashire.T Kenyon, scored a try in the 3rd round win over Wigan.Ernie Brookes, "The Terrier" also played in the first Test match against Australia and scored a try & 2 goals.Dai Davies, the final was the last of his 61 games for Warrington.Alf Boardman, the first player to play over 400 matches for Warrington, once for Engalnd and 6 for Lancashire.George Thomas, played in the first ever International match and was killed in action on the Somme.Frank Shugars, an international who went on the first Great Britain tour to Australia.G.Jolley, a forward who did not score in 136 matches for Warrington.James Belton, a Cheshire county forward who played 158 matches for Warrington.Arthur Naylor, a Lancashire county forward who played 202 matches for Warrington.W Swift, a forward who played 102 matches for Warrington.Bill Harmer, a forward who played 187 matches for Warrington.
Rd 12 - 18 Man SquadPaul Cullen names his final 18 man squad for the Round 12 engage Super League match against St Helens this Friday evening.1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson4. Toa Kohe Love6. Lee Briers7. 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 Bridge
Grose Extends til 2008Wolves in form back Brent Grose, 26 has extended his contract by three years today to keep him at The Halliwell Jones Stadium until 2008. His original contract was due to expire in November of this year.A NEW 3 YEAR DEAL SIGNED THAT WILL SEE YOU STAY WITH THE WOLVES UNTIL THE END OF 2008, YOU MUST BE DELIGHTED?IĂm very happy to stay here as is my fianc┌e Kylie. I love it here and I can see myself staying here for the rest of my career.WHAT WERE THE FACTORS IN DECIDING YOUR FUTURE LAY HERE AT THE HALLIWELL JONES STADIUM?There were a few factors I had to take into consideration. I have been here a few years and that I was happy here on and off the field. This place is really going somewhere and I wanted to be part of it.WHERE DO YOU SEE THE WOLVES IN 3 YEARS TIME?Competing in the Grand Final and winning them. I think that goal is achievable now and in the coming years.DO YOU SEE YOURSELF RETUNING TO THE NRL AFTER 2008?IĂm not holding out for offers to go back then. I have had offers for next year but IĂm not interested, Warrington is where I call my home now.IN YOUR TWO AND A HALF YEARS HERE WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FONDEST MEMORIES?My first year was a great year when we made the top six. The whole leaving Wilderspool event and being my first year made it exciting and really enjoyable.FANS WERE CRITICAL OF YOU AT FULL BACK INITIALLY. YOU NOW LOOK LIKE YOU HAVE PLAYED THERE ALL YOUR CAREER, IS IT A GREAT FEELING TO PROVE THE DOUBTERS WRONG?It is but I donĂt pay to much attention to the doubters. The only people I listen to are the coaching staff, my team mates and my Dad.LOOKING AHEAD TO FRIDAY NIGHTĂS GAME, DO YOU THINK THE TIME IS RIGHT TO BREAK THE WOLVES KNOWSLEY ROAD HOODOO?It couldnĂt be a better time could it? We are all confident that we can come away with two points on Friday.CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR IMPENDING WEDDING AT THE END OF THE SEASON, IS IT HARD TO ORGANISE THIS WITH YOUR RUGBY COMMITMENTS?Kylie my fianc┌e sorted most of it out before we flew over here for this season, I leave most of the planning to her. IĂm really looking forward to married life!