UEFA European Women's ChampionshipWarrington Wolves welcomed England womenĂs goalkeeper Rachel Brown to launch The Wolves involvement in the 2005 UEFA European WomenĂs Championship during the halftime interval of The Wolves home game against Bradford Bulls on Sunday 10th April.The Halliwell Jones Stadium will be hosting the Group B games and a Semi Final of the UEFA WomenĂs Championship in June. Group B consists of Germany, France, Italy and Norway.Rachel Brown plays for Everton, whom she joined on her return to England in January 2003 after completing a football scholarship in the United States. She studied at the University of Pittsburgh and played for the Pittsburgh Panthers, while she studied for a degree in physiotherapy, having transferred from Alabama College in 2000.During her four years in America, she was named Goalkeeper of the Year for the Eastern Conference every year, and she holds the University record for the least goals conceded in a season.One of RachelĂs earlier career highlights was as one of the youngest players ű at 15 years old ű to take part in the 1996 FA WomenĂs Cup Final on behalf of Liverpool where the match went to penalties. Having played eight matches at U18 level, Rachel proved her potential when she appeared as a last minute replacement in the England Senior team and helped them qualify for the 2001 UEFA European WomenĂs Championships in November 2000. After starting off the 2003-04 season well she suffered a serious injury tearing her ACL, which kept her out for most of the season. She has since returned stronger in 2005.The games that will taking place at The Halliwell Jones Stadium are:Group BMonday 6th June - Germany v Norway - Kick off 6.00pmThursday 9th June - France v Norway - Kick off 8.00pmSunday 12th June - Germany v France - Kick off 3.00pmThursday 16th June - Semi Final - Kick off 6.30pmTickets for all the games being held at the Halliwell Jones stadium are on sale now, priced ˙5 for adults and ˙2.50 for concessions. Tickets for the semi-final will be priced at the same great value. Tickets can either be purchased or pre-ordered from the Warrington Wolves ticket office or by calling the ticket hotline on 01925 248888.Special group discounts are available for groups of over 15 (including at least 3 adults) and booking forms can be downloaded fromwww.TheFA.com/Euro2005 or by emailing
RD 8 - 18 NamedPaul Cullen has named his 18-man squad to face Bradford Bulls on Sunday 10th April 2005, kick off 3.00pm at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson4. Toa Kohe Love6. Lee Briers7. Nathan Wood8. Chris Leikvoll9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton12. Mike Wainwright13. Paul Noone14. Mark Gleeson15. Ben Westwood16. Paul Wood17. Danny Lima18. Graham Appo20. Warren Stevens22. Steve PickersgillINJURY NEWS:11. Logan Swann - ankle injury sustained in Rnd7 v Salford (25/03/05)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)25. Chris Bridge - illU21's5. Dean Gaskell23. Andrew Bracek26. Nicky Royle
Rd 8 Team NewsPaul Cullen has named a 20 man squad to face the Bradford Bulls this Sunday, kick-off 3pm.1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson4. Toa Kohe Love5. Dean Gaskell6. Lee Briers7. Nathan Wood8. Chris Leikvoll9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton12. Mike Wainwright13. Paul Noone14. Mark Gleeson15. Ben Westwood16. Paul Wood17. Danny Lima18. Graham Appo20. Warren Stevens22. Steve Pickersgill25. Chris BridgeINJURY NEWS:11. Logan Swann - ankle injury sustained in Rnd7 v Salford (25/03/05)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)U21s23. Andrew Bracek26. Nicky Royle
Cullens CommentCoach Paul Cullen gives his view on the Challenge Cup game against Leeds and looks towards this weekends clash with the Bradford Bulls.WHAT IS THE MOOD LIKE IN CAMP THIS WEEK AFTER A WIN AGAINST WIDNES ON TUESDAY AND THEN A CLOSE GAME AGAINST LEEDS ON SATURDAY?The mood is one that is looking forward to testing ourselves again against one of the best teams in the competition. We have enjoyed our games against the Bulls recently but are determined to come away from this one with the win as opposed to a one point defeat or a draw. WHERE YOU PLEASED WITH THE PERFORMANCE IN THE POWERGEN CHALLENGE CUP?Pleased with the effort from most by most considering the circumstances that we had to manage for the nine days prior to the Cup game but ultimately disappointed that we did not have enough to take what would have been a deserved win, the inclusion of Andrew Dunnemann who didn't play against Wakefield previously proved to be a defining factor.BRADFORD HAVE HAD A ROCKY START TO THE ENGAGE SUPER LEAGUE LIKE US ARE YOU EXPECTING IT TO BE A TOUGH ENCOUNTER?Their form could be considered as indifferent but however they startedan 80 point score line regardless of opposition shows things are back on track. They had the luxury of resting key players for their Cup game last week, when we had to play players who were very short on game time. HOW IS NATHAN WOOD, HE LOOKED TO BE LIMPING AT THE END OF THE MATCH? IS HE FIT FOR SUNDAY'S MATCH?Yes he is fit and he did remarkably well to push his body back so early from his original injury. CAN WE EXPECT ANY PLAYERS BACK THIS WEEKEND FROM INJURY?We have great hopes that Paul Noone and Toa Kohe Love maybe fit to return to action.
CC4 - 18 NamedHead Coach Paul Cullen has named his 18 man squad to travel to Headingley tomorrow to face Leeds Rhinos in the Powergen Challenge Cup Round 4 draw.1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson5. Dean Gaskell6. Lee Briers7. Nathan Wood8. Chris Leikvoll9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton12. Mike Wainwright14. Mark Gleeson15. Ben Westwood16. Paul Wood17. Danny Lima18. Graham Appo20. Warren Stevens22. Steve Pickersgill25. Chris Bridge
Cullens CommentPaul Cullen comments on the Easter fixtures against Salford and Widnes and looks towards this weekends Challenge Cup fourth round tie at Headingley.CONGRATULATIONS ON THE TWO POINTS AGAINST WIDNES, WHERE YOU HAPPY WITH THE PERFORMANCE DISPLAYED?Not entirely but that should not detract from the effort. Widnes did not come here to lose in that manner, but four first half tries chipped away at their resolve. We were confident that if we could handle their early energy we could open them up later on. We were patient and that was rewarded.DO YOU FEEL THAT THE PLAYERS ANSWERED THEIR CRITICS IN PARTICULAR HENRY FA'AFILI WITH HIS TWO TRIES?Our focus is simply to improve the performance and confidence of every individual player and I believe that we are making progress in doing that. Our second half performance against Salford was simply unacceptable, across the board and our performance against Widnes wasour attempt to correct that.GOING BACK TO THE SALFORD MATCH WHAT WAS THE REASONING BEHIND KEEPING THE PLAYERS ON THE PITCH AFTER THE GAME?Our original plan was to stretch down post game and then travel to a post game training session, which we did. We thanked our supporters received their opinions and did not hide. WHAT DID YOU SAY TO THEM AFTER WITNESSING THAT PERFORMANCE?I reminded them, that if we don't fight we don't win. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT PRESSURE IN RECENT WEEKS. HOW DO YOU HANDLE IT?By refusing to allow it in.YOU SIGNED LEE BRIERS LAST WEEK. WHY SO EARLY IN THE SEASON?2006 and 2007 will come around very quickly and this is a part of our long term strategy.IS THERE ANYMORE CONTRACT EXTENSIONS IN THE OFFING?We have our targets both from within and outside our current squad. IS THERE A CONCERN WHEN PLAYERS SIGN CONTRACTS SO EARLY IN THE SEASON THAT THEY MAY LAPSE INTO A COMFORT ZONE OF KNOWING THEY ARE SAFE NEXT SEASON? The comfort zone theory is countered by the not available theory.LOOKING AHEAD TO THIS WEEKEND LEEDS WILL BE 'SMARTING' FROM THEIR DEFEAT AT THE HANDS OF AN OUTSTANDING WAKEFIELD. DO YOU THINK THAT WARRINGTON WILL FEEL THE SHOCK WAVES OF THAT DEFEAT?If Leeds are smarting from Wakefield we are still red raw from Salford. WHAT IS THE INJURY SITUATION GOING INTO THIS WEEKEND'S MATCH?The 20 man squad announced is literally the 20 fittest men left available, the requirement from the powers that be is that even if you don't have 20 fully fit men available 72 hours before kick off you need to announce those that our slightly less injured. HOW LONG IS DARYL CARDISS OFF PLAYING? HE IS THE ONLY PLAYER BESIDES SIMON GRIX TO MAKE A FIRST TEAM APPEARANCE THIS SEASON SO FAR, IS HIS STUBBORN INJURY A CONCERN?Both Daryl and Simon are on our (long term) injured list and are still at least a month away from game related training. WHAT IS THE INTEREST IN MATT ORFORD?Our policy is never to comment on players that we have not signed. Sufficed to say we have the ambition to bring players of the highestquality to Warrington.
CC4: Team NewsHead Coach Paul Cullen has named a 20-man squad to face Leeds Rhinos in the Powergen Challenge Cup Round 4 draw at Headingley on Saturday.1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson4. Toa Kohe Love5. Dean Gaskell6. Lee Briers7. Nat Wood8. Chris Leikvoll9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton12. Mike Wainwright14. Mark Gleeson15. Ben Westwood16. Paul Wood17. Danny Lima18. Graham Appo20. Warren Stevens22. Steve Pickersgill23. Andrew Bracek25. Chris BridgeINJURY NEWS:11. Logan Swann - ankle injury sustained in Rnd7 v Salford (25/03/05)13. Paul Noone - knee injury sustained in Rnd3 v Hull (27/02/05)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)
Briers CommitsWolves captain Lee Briers has signed a two year extension to his contract which was due to end in November 2005, keeping him at the club until the end of 2007.At 26, the Wolves captain is already on his way to becoming a Warrington legend. His career pointĂs tally of 1495 is sixth on the all time club scorers list and he is closing in on Derek Whitehead in fifth; Briers also holds the club record for points scored in a match with 40 against York in 2000. Has a world-class kicking game with tremendous distance and accuracy from deep; Briers has matured into a first-rate organising stand-off who frees his three-quarters through holes with the weight and timing of his balls. Only 19 when the Wolves paid ˙65000 to take him from St Helens in 1997 as a replacement for Iestyn Harris, Briers was an instant success winning Super League Young Player of the Year and making a man of the match winning debut for Great Britain U19 against France at Elland Road. Made his international debut in 1998 for Wales and was the outstanding Welsh player in their 2000 World Cup campaign including a memorable display against the Kangaroos in the semi-final. Made his full GB debut against France in Agen, 2001. Was appointed Warrington captain after the retirement of Matt Rodwell in 2002, Briers has suffered with injury over the past two years but when on the field continues to be a match-winning stand-off.Club Captain Lee Briers commented, "I am delighted to be staying at Warrington Wolves for another two seasons, I have made a commitment to the club to push for the Top Six and that is what I intend to do."Head Coach Paul Cullen, "Lee Briers is an integral part of our long term strategy."
Rnd 7 Team NewsThe Wolves have named a 20 man squad ahead of this weekend's Easter fixtures with Salford on Friday and Widnes on the Tuesday.1 Brent GROSE2 Henry FAAFILI3 Martin GLEESON4 Toa KOHE LOVE5 Dean GASKELL6 Lee BRIERS25 Chris BRIDGE10 Mark HILTON15 Ben WESTWOOD14 Mark GLEESON17 Danny LIMA11 Logan SWANN12 Mike WAINWRIGHT9 Jon CLARKE18 Graham APPO23 Andy BRACEK20 Warren STEVENS16 Paul WOOD26 Nicky ROYLE22 Steve PICKERSGILLINJURY NEWS:7. Nathan Wood - knee injury sustained in Rnd3 v Hull (27/02/05)8. Chris Leikvoll - calf injury sustained in training week beginning (14/03/05)13. Paul Noone - knee injury sustained in Rnd3 v Hull (27/02/05)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)
Cullens CommentCoach Paul Cullen looks back at the two points gained over the Huddersfield Giants and looks towards a busy Easter period.HAPPY WITH THE TWO POINTS?Satisfied at the way we dug in and fought for the win. All the balls did not stick but we responded in a manner that was technically and tactically good enough to deserve 2 points. WAS IT TOUGH GOING IN PARTICULAR IN DEFENCE OF OUR LINE IN THE LAST 20 MINUTES?It was tough going defending our line for almost 80 minutes. The best team never loses in a contest; we handled the negatives far better than they did. ANY COMMENT ON THE 40/20 THAT WASN'T?It was and it wasn't. The video clearly shows that the touch judge's guesstimate from 45m away was wrong, just as the video shows that the same touch judges guesstimate that Henry Faafili stepped in touch from 35m away was wrong. Negatives happen in a game, human error is a part of sport and we handled the situations very professionally.WHERE YOU PLEASED WITH CHRIS BRIDGE'S DEBUT?He worked very hard for a full 80 minutes, the first time for over 6 months. Chris is the 4th half back we have had to use on our left edgein 6 games and will take time to become fully match fit and connect fluently within the team. WHAT PREPARATION IS IN PLACE FOR THE TWO GAMES IN FOUR DAYS?Most of the physical preparation is already in the bank, the short turn around steals recovery time, which is the greatest issue! TWO TOUGH MATCHES; FIRST WITH SALFORD WHO ARE ON LEVEL POINTS WITH USE AND THEN WIDNES WHO ARE JUST BELOW US IN THE TABLE. WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING FROM THE ENCOUNTERS? Games that can shape our season, Salford are a much improved unit than last year and our defeat over Easter to Widnes, saved their season and ruined ours! HOW IS PAUL NOONE RECOVERING FROM HIS ARTHOSCOPE?As well as can be expected, he is back in the gym pushing himself to the limits. WHAT IS THE INJURY NEWS THIS WEEK? EXPECTING ANY BACK?Mark Hilton is rated as doubtful, he was withdrawn injured after 15 minutes against Huddersfield and could not return. The young props that rotated against a tough Giants pack did very well in his absence.Paul Wood, who withdrew just before kick off with a stomach complaint is expected to be available.