All Systems Go!Coach Paul Cullen looks forward to the start of Super League X with an away visit to the London Broncos on Sunday.IN THE OFF SEASON YOU HAVE RECRUITED 8 PLAYERS, WHAT ARE YOU HOPES FOR THEM?For their contributions individually and collectively to improve our performance in both competitions for the seasons ahead. YOU HAVE RECRUITED QUITE A FEW YOUNG PLAYERS: ANDY BRACEK, SIMON GRIX, CHRIS BRIDGE AND NICKY ROYLE AND UPGRADED TWO: STEVE PICKERSGILL AND PHIL BERRY. WHAT IS YOUR REASONING BEHIND THEIR SIGNING?To fill the void of players under the age of 21 who can positively contribute to the first team effort. The squad I inherited had too many older players who could not get a weekly run because of the age restrictions in the U21 competition. The entire squad can now have thefacility to get match fit and ready when the time comes.HOW DO YOU KEEP THE PRESSURE OFF THE YOUNG PLAYERS?A measured introduction in to a progressive side.WHAT IS A GOOD RECRUITMENT POLICY?One that works short-term, mid-term and long-term. The factors for our 2005 recruitment campaign included position specific, the budget and the20/20/30 rule.WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WARM WINTER TRAINING?None of the sessions are frozen or flooded off.DO YOU TAKE A LOT FROM FRIENDLIES? IF SO WHERE YOU CONCERNED WITH THE SLOW START OF THE TEAM AGAINST SALFORD?Trials are a very important part of our preparation; where you can notonly learn about yourselves but the qualities of your opponents. We have found a very different Widnes team to last year and a much improved Salford team their styles of play have altered greatly from Tetley's Super League IX.WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE COMING SEASON?To simply improve our performance in both competitions. Whatever expectations that there are for the Wolves in 2005 I guarantee none willbe greater of the players and coaching staff.WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WIGAN SIGNING JEROME GUISSET?Our win against Wigan last year has obviously struck a cord.ANY REGRETS IN LETTING HIM GO?Only people with a degree in hindsight could have any regrets; budgets and 20/20/30 rule dictated the pace on our decisions.THE POWERGEN CHALLENGE CUP MADE THE MOVE TO LATER IN THE YEAR AND DOES NOT START UNTIL AFTER ROUND 8 OF SUPER LEAGUE ARE YOU GOING TO FIND IT HARD TO FOCUS ON BOTH COMPETITIONS?No harder than any other coach in Super League and as an ex player pre-Super League we were used to playing the rounds of the Challenge Cup mid season and the final being towards the end of the season. It is a challenge that we simply look forward to. WE TRAVEL TO LONDON THIS WEEKEND, THEY HAVE RECRUITED 11 PLAYERS IN THE OFF SEASON DO YOU THINK THAT IS AN ADVANTAGE PLAYING A TEAM WITH SO MANY NEW PLAYERS WHO HAVEN'T HAD TIME TO GEL?They have had exactly the same preparation time as we have had and the inclusion of so many ex-NRL players has to improve your playing stock. IT'S A TOUGH COMP THIS SEASON WITH TWO BEING RELEGATED TO MAKE ROOM FOR UTC NEXT YEAR. DO YOU THINK THAT THIS ADDS MORE PRESSURE TO TEAMS WHO NORMALLY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE TABLE?We still remember the pressure of being involved in a relegation fight and are absolutely determined that we won't be involved in this one.DO YOU THINK THE NEW RULING OF ANNOUNCING YOUR SQUADS 72 AND 24 HOURS BEFORE KICK OFF IS GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO YOUR PREPARATION?Not at all to us as it is not to dissimilar to the way we have prepared for the last two years.WHAT IS THE INJURY SITUATION, ARE YOU STARTING THE SEASON WITH A CLEAN SHEET?Only Daryl Cardiss with his hamstring and Chris Bridge with his ankle are not available for selection from our 26 man squad.WHO IS YOUR TIP FOR THE SUPER LEAGUE TITLE THIS SEASON?The team that finds the formula to take it off Leeds.AND FOR RELEGATION?Any two of the other eleven!
Round 1: Team NewsThe Wolves have named their initial squad for the opening round of Super League X this weekend at Griffin Park against the London Broncos. 1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson4. Toa Kohe Love5. Dean Gaskell6. Lee Briers (c)7. Nat Wood8. Chris Leikvoll9. Jon Clarke10. Mark Hilton11. Logan Swann12. Mike Wainwright13. Paul Noone14. Mark Gleeson15. Ben Westwood16. Paul Wood17. Danny Lima18. Graham Appo20. Warren Stevens21. Simon GrixINJURIES:19. Daryl Cardiss - hamstring25. Chris Bridge - ankleU21s22. Steve Pickersgill23. Andrew Bracek24. Phil Berry26. Nicky Royle
The Halliwell Jones Stadium Opts for No Smoking in 2006 The Halliwell Jones Stadium, home to Warrington Wolves will be a No Smoking venue from 1st January 2006; in readiness for Super League XI season. This move is part of the clubĂs Award winning Community Programme to improve knowledge of health and wellbeing and also comes after requests from fans to consider the option to improve their enjoyment of the sport in a smoke free environment.The fans of Warrington Wolves started a campaign via the clubĂs website forum to draw attention to the fact that they disliked smoking at the stadium and that it ruined their enjoyment of coming to the stadium. As a result of this campaign the Wolves issued a questionnaire to the fans at the end of TetleyĂs Super League IX asking for their view on The Halliwell Jones Stadium becoming a No Smoking environment. An overwhelming 63% of the 8,294 returned questionnaires wanted to see the stadium become a No Smoking zone.The club is continually striving to improve the matchday enjoyment for the fans and as a result will be introducing a complete ban on smoking in all areas of The Halliwell Jones Stadium for the start of the Super League XI, giving fans therefore a seasonĂs notice on change. The importance of health is at the forefront of the Wolves in 2005 with the opening of the new NHS/PCT Health Centre in the Martin Dawes Stand.After much research into the subject of No Smoking and the effects of passive smoking, the club feels that the health of its fans to be very important, given the effects of passive smoking which includes eye irritation, headache, cough, sore throat, dizziness and nausea. These unpleasant side effects ruin many fans enjoyment when attending a game and with the increasing number of children coming to games the club has decided to act now rather than wait for the results of the governmentĂs White Paper on Public Health to become legislation at the end of 2008.Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe commented on the pioneering move, "The Board of Directors are extremely eager to improve the matchday environment and whilst it is not easy to please every fan on this issue the health of all of our fans has to be our utmost priority."
Wolves Alternative ShirtThe Wolves launched their alternative shirt for the Super League X season this evening with players on hand to sign autographs and have their pictures taken with fans. For those not able to attend the shirt will be on sale in the Wolf Ware shop in the morning priced Adults ˙42, Children ˙32.Call Wolf Ware Mon-Sat 9am to 5pm, Tel: (01925)248888 to get yours now
"Official Beer" of the WolvesTetley's continue to be committed to RL after confirming a sponsorship deal to become the "Official Beer" of Warrington Wolves.Tetley's, who have been involved in rugby league at all levels including title sponsors of Tetley's Rugby Super League for the past five years, are firmly established as 'The Beer' of Rugby League.The exclusive deal includes player appearances, tickets and perimeter signage. Tetley's will support this association with ongoing trade and PR campaigns as the brand looks to continue their support to rugby league.Gareth Roberts, Sponsorship Controller Carlsberg UK, said: "The deal demonstrates Tetley's continued support and commitment to Rugby League. We aim to build on the success of our five years as title sponsor and help the sport achieve the status it deserves. We are looking forward to a prosperous relationship with the club and it's supporters."Julie Cleave-Moore, Commercial Manager at Warrington Wolves, added: "We had a great working relationship with Tetley's during their period as title sponsor and we are confident this can only improve as we welcome them as the club's Official Beer sponsor."
Wolves Take on Royle SpeedWarrington Wolves have signed winger Nicky Royle, 21 on a part time one year deal while he continues his Sports Studies degree at Liverpool Hope University. Nicky will train with the first team around his studies and will be available for selection for the first team and Senior Academy. This latest signing continues to give Warrington more options for Super League X.Nicky started his amateur career in Rugby Union playing for Halton Hornets RUFC before being selected for the Lancashire Rugby Union open age team. He then moved on to play Rugby Union for Manchester and then played for Sale Sharks in the 7Ăs competition. He then played for Liverpool St Helens Rugby Union team before signing for Widnes Vikings at the beginning of 2004 after impressing them in the Wire FM Boxing Day Challenge of 2003 at Wilderspool and another friendly against Widnes Barbarians he was awarded a contract. Nicky made 13 appearances and scoring 7 tries in 2004. During WidnesĂ pre-season training camp he played in the World Sevens in Sydney. Nicky made his first team debut for Widnes at the Halliwell Jones Stadium against Warrington on 9th April 2004. After leaving Widnes at the end of 2004 he returned to play rugby union at Liverpool St Helens club. Nicky is known for his speed clocking 10.4 seconds for the 100 metres.Nicky commented on his move back into rugby league, "Warrington is a good team with a lot of ambition and I want to be part of a club with the ambition to go places on and off the field."Paul Cullen commented on his latest recruit for the Super League X campaign, "Nick caught our eye last year with his sensational speed, his availability is a bonus and we look forward to helping him realise his potential."
Wolves Take on St RoccoĂsWarrington Wolves have taken on St RoccoĂs Hospice as their Charity for 2005.St RoccoĂs Hospice is a Warrington based charity on Lockton Lane and is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. With running costs of ˙1.6 million each year, the Wolves are aiming to help them reach their target in 2005.St RoccoĂs offers emotional and clinical support to patients dealing with cancer, including a range of therapies and support to families. Due to the increasing need for support, the Hospice would like to extend in the future to provide a wider range of services, including additional therapies, occupational therapy and support for carers. All the team and coaching staff have visited the hospice to learn more about the importance of the services provided and how important the partnership is in their 20th year.Warrington Wolves and St RoccoĂs Hospice will officially launch their partnership at the Wolves first home game on Sunday 20th February v Leigh Centurions with a bucket collection. This event will be the first of many in 2005 to help St RoccoĂs to meet their target. The ŠPrimrose and BluesĂ Brothers will be participating in the Jailbreak event on Friday 11th March and children will be invited to run with the Wolves in the summer, more details to follow.Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe commented on the new partnership, "I believe that more and more people in their day to day lives are hearing of and being touched by many instances relating to families members and friends having cancer and by 'pulling together' to support St. RoccoĂs in their work, we can all help in our own small way to fight back."Claire Manock, Appeals Manager at St RoccoĂs said "We are delighted that Warrington Wolves have adopted St RoccoĂs as its charity for 2005. When the players visited the Hospice, all the staff and patients were thrilled to meet them. The high profile of the Wolves in the local community will help us tremendously in promoting our 20th anniversary events."
Alternative Strip LaunchWarrington Wolves will be launching their alternative strip for Super League X on Monday 7th February 2005 in the Martin Dawes Stand, The Halliwell Jones Stadium from 7.30pm. Paul Cullen and first team players will be available for autographs on the night.This will be a unique opportunity to meet the Wolves stars before battle commences in SLX.
Super League X Home OpenerSuper League X: Round 2Warrington Wolves v Leigh CenturionsSunday 20th February 2005, kick off 3:00pmTickets for the Wolves opening Super League fixture against Leigh Centurions on February 20th are now on sale. Following last seasonĂs ˘lock-out÷ at the first ever game at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Wolves fans are being urged to act quickly to avoid disappointment.Community and Marketing Manager, Sean Mellor commented, "With the slightly reduced stadium capacity for the club to meet with all the Health and Safety requirements, the increased uptake of Season Tickets and the allocation of the West Stand to our visitors from Leigh, there are actually only 4,000 available to Wolves fans for our opening fixture. That sounds like quite a lot of tickets until one realises that Wolves fans snapped up over twice that figure for last SeasonĂs 'Home Opener'."North - Adult: ˙20 Concession & Junior: ˙12East - Adult: ˙16 Concession & Junioe: ˙8West - Adult: ˙14 Concession & Junior: ˙8South - Adult: ˙14 Concession & Junior: ˙8TICKET HOTLINE: 01925 248888Wolfware is open Monday-Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm
Wolves Build BridgeWarrington Wolves have signed Chris Bridge, 20 from Bradford Bulls for ˙30,000 on a 3 year deal after he underwent an arthroscope on his ankle following a medical. Chris, a halfback made 14 apps last season scoring 4 tries and 6 goals (28 points). Former clubs include Huddersfield Giants. An Oldham product he represented England Academy in both their victories over the Australian Schoolboys and took the man of the Match Award in the Under 21's Grand Final in 2003. He missed last season's final through injury. A player touted with great pace and vision.Head Coach Paul Cullen commented, "We are delighted to add yet another outstanding prospect to our ranks, we believe that Chris Bridge has international potential and we offer him every facility to achieve that."Chris decided to move to Warrington as "it is a club on the move and I want to be part of it."DOB: 5/07/84Height: 6ft 0inWeight: 12st 12lbSquad Number: 25