Sibbit to Miss Out on LanzaroteWarrington Wolves centre Ian Sibbit will miss out on the ClubĘs warm winter training in Lanazarote, 15th-22nd January 2004 due to him suffering from a twisted knee.Head Coach Paul Cullen commented,"Ian will not be travelling to Lanzarote with the first team for our warm winter training due to him twisting his knee in training. Lanzarote is not a place for rehab players, as it is not a holiday it is serious training camp and we will be working on our skills."
Meet the boysThe Wolves unveiled their new signings for the 2004 season at a press conference today. Danny Lima, John Wilshere, Chris Leikvoll and Mike Forshaw were in attendance along with club captain Lee Briers and coach Paul Cullen.Asked whether his signings for the season had been completed Paul Cullen commented, "The door isn't shut on signings for 2004, but I'm happy with the 26 man squad that I have available, we're in a much stronger position at this stage in the season than we were 12 months ago.""The front row is stronger position both physically and with experience. At the back end of last season we lost some games by being pushed off by bigger packs, that won't happen this year."Still recovering from a broken wrist Lee Briers was looking forward to the new challenge of Super League IX, "It's progressing well, I had an x-ray on it last week and it's doing well.""Lee won't be pushed or brought on early, it will be a medical decision whether he will start or not", commented Paul Cullen.With both Danny Lima and Chris Leikvoll being expectant fathers, as both of their wives are still in Australia, Paul thanked them for their committment to the club, "It's a massive committment for their wives and family and we greatly appreciate their efforts to allow us bring them across and train. They have made great efforts on the training pitch in the short time they have been here."With the Wolves due to fly to Lanzarote next week for a warm weather training camp the players and coaches were looking forward to some good conditions, "We are taking 25 players to Lanzarote and we're looking for some good training conditions as opposed to having to slip and slide around a rain soaked training paddock, it doesn't help with the skills training we are doing. It's not a holiday, we have a very serious training programme."The only player missing the camp will be Ian Sibbit who is suffering from a twisted knee and is currently undergoing rehab treatment.
Kick starting' a new era of Rrugby in WarringtonA special celebration is being held to mark a new era in the life of Rugby League Football in Warrington.The Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Pauline Nelson, a self-confessed rugby league fanatic, will hold a special Civic Reception at Warrington Town Hall on Saturday 10th January 2004 to honour the town's rugby league team, Warrington Wolves RLFC, as they begin a new era at their new state-of-the-art Halliwell Jones Stadium.Wolves fans are also being invited to meet outside the front of the Town Hall (from 12 noon) to hear Wolves Head Coach Paul Cullen and the players set out their stall for the Super League IX season and help kick start a new era of rugby league in the town.It will also be the first chance for fans to see and hear from the new players who will form a major part of the Wolves' assault on the Super League IX title.The Mayor Cllr Nelson, Chairman of the Club Lord Hoyle, Paul Cullen and some of the players will speak to fans via loudspeaker from the steps of the Town Hall for around half an hour.The team will then be invited inside the Town Hall for the civic reception being hosted by the Mayor.The Mayor, Cllr Nelson, said: "As a huge fan of rugby league and, in particular, the Wolves, I couldn't be more excited at the prospect of the new era that is about to begin. There is a great air of excitement and anticipation about the forthcoming season and I wanted to honour that by hosting this Civic Reception for the team."The reception in the Town Hall is being held for the team itself, however, we couldn't do something like this without including the great fans of Warrington Wolves RLFC. They are the best and most passionate rugby league fans around! We hope they come along, help us all celebrate the new era that is about to begin and kick start the season like only the Wolves fans can!"The last time a Civic Reception was held to honour Warrington Rugby Football League Club was in 1990 when the team made the Challenge Cup Final against Wigan.Fans are invited to come along to the front of the Town Hall from around 11.45am and the Mayor, Paul Cullen and the team will appear on the steps of the Town Hall at 12 noon. The outdoor event should last for around half an hour.Unfortunately, there is no parking available for members of the public on the foyer, annexes or driveways of the Town Hall. However, Legh Street Car Park and the car park to the rear of Bank House will be available to paying customers as usual.
Number one Wolves' fan scores own winner at Birchwood CentreWarrington Wolves' biggest fan Adam Clawley has scored his own winner this Christmas.Adam, nine, was one of more than 300 children who completed their Christmas Wish List after they visited Santa at the Birchwood Shopping Centre.Now his wish to receive lots of rugby goodies is about to come true thanks to the Centre and a little help from Warrington Wolves.Adam, who has Downs Syndrome and attends Foxwood Special School, is a well known face at the rugby league club.He has been the club mascot at Wigan games for the past three years and watches training twice a month.When he was in hospital recently, Adam was even treated to a special visit by his favourite player, team captain Lee Briers.Adam's mum Sheila Hulme said: "Adam can't play rugby but he adores the game. Although he can't read or write he remembers everything about the game. It's quite amazing. He will be thrilled to hear that he's won anything on his Wish List to Santa."Warrington Wolves spokesperson Gina Coldrick said: "Adam is a fantastic little boy. We're all thrilled he has won this."Birchwood Shopping Centre Manager David Wightman said: "We were overwhelmed with the number of children who wrote to Santa this year and it was very difficult choosing one letter, but we feel we have a very deserving winner with Adam."<
Wolves to face VikingsHead Coach Paul Cullen has named his side to face Widnes Vikings in the WIRE FM Boxing Day Challenge, Friday 26th December 2003, kick off 3.00pm:Nick OwenPhil BerryRichard VarkulisBen WestwoodDean GaskellJamie DurbinGary HulseWarren StevensMark GleesonMark HiltonMike WainwrightJerome GuissetPaul NooneLiam McGovinJohn PickersgillSteve PickersgillPhil BraddishDave AshtonPlayer Background:Phil Braddish - 21, plays second row and is a strong running back row forward who has made 7 appearances for the U21s scoring a try. PhilĘs junior club is local club Crosfields. Phil featured in the New Zealand A game in October.Jamie Durbin - 19, scrum half/stand off made his first Super League debut for the Wolves against WIGAN WARRIORS in Round 21. JAMIE signed for the Wolves when he was 12 from Halton Hornets ARLFC, Widnes and has played for the Wolves in the Junior and Senior Academy. This season JAMIE has made 20 appearances for the Senior Academy scoring 4 tries and 2 Drop Goals. He made his debut for the first team in a pre-season friendly against his hometown team Widnes in the WIRE FM Boxing Day Challenge (26/12/02) scoring a try. JAMIE was also selected as the August edition RUGBY LEAGUE WORLDĘS Young Player to watch.Dean Gaskell - 20, wing. Dean made his debut for the Wolves first team against St. Helens in August 2002; unfortunately, he injured his Achilles in that game and was sidelined for the rest of the season. Gaskell is a former Wigan St. PatrickĘs amateur who spent three years with the Wigan Warriors Junior Academy. He is a utility player who prefers to play on the wing. Scored his first Super League try against Halifax in Round 26.Mark Gleeson - 21, hooker. Gleese re-signed pre-season after taking time out last season to travel in Australia. Mark signed for the Wolves originally in 1999 to the Academy from the amateur club, Ince St. Williams. He progressed through the ranks making his debut for the first team against Bradford Bulls in 2001 scoring a try in his debut.Jermome Guisset - 25, prop/second row. Hard hitting prop Guisset has proved himself last season representing his country, France in internationals and playing in the World 7Ęs in Australia in January 2003 and played in Russia in the Triangular Nations, which France won this year. Jerome has also represented his country in the European Nations, but missed out on the Final against England at Wilderspool due to injury. He is strong and dependable who is a threat to any opposition. Jerome was only the second Frenchman to play first grade rugby in Australia and the Wolves first ever Frenchman.Mark Hilton - 28, prop. Mark enters his tenth season with the Wolves and is in his Testimonial year. Mark is one of the clubĘs most experienced players at the age of 28. Beast as he popularly known by the crowd for his aggression in defence proved himself having spent the 2001out of the game with injury. He is back to his renowned form and was rewarded by being chosen for the Lancashire squad for the Origin Series 2002.Gary Hulse - 21, halfback who signed from Crosfields in 2000 playing for the Academy making his Super League debut in Super League VI with a try on his debut against Castleford. This pocket dynamo has surprised many when he donned a Super League jersey. Small in statue he may be, but Gary is big on heart and big on ability, Gary has evolved as an outstanding scrum half with competitive nature and a burning ambition to be the very best at his trade. Gary has made 17 appearances for the first team this season scoring 2 tries, his favourite one against his hometown club Widnes at the Halton Stadium.Liam McGovin - 19, stand off/loose forward, played his junior rugby at Halton Hornets ARLFC, Widnes along with Jamie Durbin. Was named Top Gun at the U16Ęs National Camp in 2000. Signed for St Helens and played in theyĘre Academy system U18s/U21s. Has joined the Wolves U21s.Paul Noone - 21, prop/second row who signed at the age of 14 from Widnes Tigers to the Wolves Academy. Nooney has a superb defensive ability and is constantly working hard throughout the game. In attack he has good hands and is always willing to take the ball forward. Talented back rower, uncomprising defender with great vision; he creates opportunities for the people around him. A versatile player who can adapt to most positions on the field. Paul has made 26 appearances this season scoring a try against Wakefield in the last TetleyĘs Super League fixture ever at Wilderspool.Nick Owen - 19, fullback signed from Woolston Rovers in 2001 and has worked his way up through the ranks featuring in 2001/2002 in the Junior Academy before moving into the Senior Academy last season, this season he has made 14 appearances, scoring 2 tries and kicking 63 goals and 1 Drop Goal. Nick made his first team debut for the Wolves in the WIRE FM Boxing Day Challenge (26/12/02) scoring a try and being chosen as the Man of the Match.Steve Pickersgill - 18 second row/forward. Steve has signed with the Wolves under an educational apprenticeship in conjunction with Warrington Borough Council. Rugby League runs in the family, his father; Roy played for Warrington in the 1970s and his brother John Pickersgill plays with the WarringtonĘs U21s. Squadbuilder fans organisation, in which they pay his wages by contributing ś5.00 a month, sponsors ęPickĘ. Steve has played mainly for the U18Ęs this season, but has lined up next to his brother in the U21s scoring 3 tries from 6 appearances.John Pickersgill - 19 prop signed for Wolves U21s from Crosfields ARLFC in 2002. Captained BARLA in their recent tour of Australia in April 2003. John started his Rugby League career at the age of 14, having played football before then. Brother of Steve.Warren Stevens - 25, prop/second row. Warren another former Wolves player (Mike Wainwright also returned at the beginning of the 2003 season from Salford City Reds) who returned to the ranks under Head Coach Paul Cullen. Warren signed towards the end of TetleyĘs Super League VII from NFP Whitehaven; he originally signed for the clubĘs Academy in 1996 and made his debut against Bradford Bulls at the age of 17. Warren represented the GB Academy side in 1997 against France. In 1999 he spent a year in Australia playing a country level for Clarence in south Brisbane, before signing for Salford City Reds in 2001. Warren has made 24 appearances for the first team this season.Mike Wainwright - 28, loose forward. Mike a Warrington old boy who returned last season after a three-year spell with Salford City Reds. Mike originally signed for the Wolves in 1994-5 from local amateur club, Woolston Rovers. Wainwright was the product of the successful Wolves Academy and played alongside Paul Sculthorpe and Iestyn Harris. Wainwright has the ability to play loose forward or second row.Ben Westwood - 21, centre, signed from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in June 2002 on a two and half year deal. Ben started his Rugby League career with the Wildcats Academy in 1999. Ben has been touted as a ępotential GB playerĘ and was named in the Yorkshire team for the Origin Series 2002. Ben broke his leg in Round 5 against Bradford Bull in April, therefore making 18 appearances for the first team this season scoring 8 tries with two coming in the last TetleyĘs Super League game ever to be played at Wilderspool Stadium against his former club Wakefield in a 52-12 victory.Richard Varkulis - 20, centre, former club Leigh Miners ARLFC and also featured in the Leigh Academy in 2000, BARLA Great Britain Young Lions in 2001, signed to the U21s this season and scored 30 tries in 24 games. Richard has signed a full time one-year contract and has started training with the first team.<
Woody Faces SurgeryWarrington Wolves prop Paul Wood is due to see a specialist on Friday with regards to a rip to the cartilage in his shoulder which recent scans have indicated. If surgery is required it will be done on Friday, if that is the decision of the specialist. The injury is specific to the GB v New Zealand A game and GB have taken the responsibility for the medical procedures.Paul Wood is still expected to be available for the start of TetleyĘs Super League IX.<
Home Shirt - Super League IX SeasonThe Club would like to apologise to all of our fans for the delay in the Home Shirts for the 2004 season arriving at the shop at Wilderspool.This delay has unfortunately been totally out of the control of the Club. Whilst the original shirt launch date of 4 December 2003 for fans wanting their shirt for Christmas, has unfortunately not been achieved, we have now been advised that the shirts will be available for purchase from this week-end.Due to this delay, the Club shop will open on Sunday 21 December 2003 between the hours of 11.00 am and 3.00 pm for the benefit of our loyal fans (the best in Super League!)Our apologies once again.The prices are as last year: ś42.00 for Adults in sizes SML-XXXXXXL and ś32.00 for the children Small Boys ū XS<
Wolves Keep it YoungWarrington Wolves have signed young players Jamie Durbin, 19 on a three year contract which places him full-time, Steve Pickersgill, 18 on a part-time two year contract which is designed to see him progress through to a full time contract status within this period. Nick Owen, 19 has signed a one year contract which sees him move into the full time training squad alongside Jamie.Jamie Durbin, 19 made his first Super League debut for the Wolves in Rnd 21 of the TetleyĘs Super League VIII competition against WIGAN WARRIORS. JAMIE signed for the Wolves when he was 12 from Halton Hornets ARLFC, Widnes and has played for the Wolves in the Junior and Senior Academy. This season Jamie has made 17 appearances for the Senior Academy scoring 3 tries and 2 Drop Goals. He made his debut for the first team in a pre-season friendly against his home town team Widnes in the WIRE FM Boxing Day Challenge (26/12/02) scoring a try. Jamie was also selected as the August 2003 edition Rugby League World's Young Player to watch. Jamie featured at scrum half in the New Zealand ęAĘ tour game in October 2003.Jamie commented on going full time, "I have really enjoyed my time at Warrington Wolves and have worked well under the current coaching staff, so much so I want to carry on my career here. I am aiming to break into the first team squad with a view to becoming a regular."Steve Pickersgill, 18 second row/forward. Steve has signed with the Wolves under an educational apprenticeship inconjunction with Warrington Borough Council. Rugby League runs in the family, his father; Roy played for Warrington in the 1970s and his brother John Pickersgill plays with the WarringtonĘs U21s. ęPickĘ is sponsored by Squadbuilder fans organisation in which they pay his wages by contributing ś5.00 a month. Steve has played mainly for the U18Ęs this season, but has lined up next to his brother in the U21s scoring 3 tries from 6 appearances.Nick Owen, 19, fullback signed from Woolston Rovers in 2001 and has worked his way up through the ranks featuring in 2001/2002 in the Junior Academy before moving into the Senior Academy last season, this season he has made 14 appearances, scoring 2 tries and kicking 63 goals and 1 Drop Goal. Nick made his first team debut for the Wolves in the WIRE FM Boxing Day Challenge (26/12/02) scoring a try and being chosen as the Man of the Match. Nick played fullback in the New Zealand ęAĘ tour match in October 2003.Nick Owen, is a Warringtonian and it is very important for him to play his home town team, "I am pushing for a first team place, whether it is coming off the bench or starting, my main aim this season is to make and impact and be noticed. I have never considered going to another club as Warrington is my home town team and everyone always wants to play for their town team and IĘve achieved it."Head Coach Paul Cullen commented, "We are balancing the short term immediate needs of a progressive Senior squad with the long term production of our own young talent. Owen and Durbin are working full time within the Senior squad already and we expect Pickersgill to be breaking into that environment very shortly."
4 in a Row for Community AwardWarrington Wolves Community Development team won the Best Community Programme for the fourth time in succession at the annual Kingston Communication 2003 Super League Marketing awards ceremony held at the McAlpine Stadium.The award was accepted by Community and Marketing Manager Sean Mellor, Community Development Co-ordinator Debbie Blackburn and Warrington Borough Council Sports development Officer Neil Kelly. Sean paid particular tribute to all those that had helped maintain the high standard of Community activity within the club, with a special mention to hard work done by Debbie behind the scenes.Other nominations for the club during the evening were for Gina Coldrick's as best PR and Media department and Wolfie as Best Mascot.Sean was also the recipient of a Special Award of "Best Guerrilla Marketing Strategy" for the creative campaign for the home fixture against Widnes Vikings.
Pre-Season FriendliesThe Wolves have announced two pre-season with the first being the annual Wire FM Challenge on Boxing Day, followed by a match against the newly promoted Salford City Reds on 1st February.WIRE FM BOXING DAY CHALLENGEWarrington Wolves v Widnes VikingsFriday 26th December 2003Kick Off 3.00pmWarrington Wolves v Salford City RedsSunday 1st February 2004Kick Off 3:00pmBoth games take place at Wilderspool Stadium and the prices for both are as follows:Bevan Stand Adult: ś12Bevan Stand Concession: ś6Ground Adult: ś10Ground Concession: ś5