Wolves v Warriors - Head to HeadSaturdayĂs game against Wigan will be a clash of the physical as WiganĂs Hodgson comes up against Westwood, who makes his home debut for the Wolves after scoring 2 tries against London at the weekend against London in Carcassonne, France.Hodgson is a fast and elusive winger who can also play centre and has been an important factor in the Wigan line up this season. Westwood is a speedy and strong runner, who is set for future stardom, brought in to strengthen the WolvesĂ centres which has been greatly effected by injury and players leaving the club.Westwood and Hodgson where recently team mates in the last Origin game at Headingley, Hodgson starting and Westwood on the bench. SaturdayĂs game sees them go head to head with the intention of coming out on top, a clear winner.Westwood has a lot to prove in front of the home crowd, there is a lot of expectation resting on the shoulderĂs of the 20 year old, exűWakefield Trinity Wildcats player. Wolves are in need of points; they stand third from bottom on 6 points while their competitorĂs stand in third position on 20 points. A big difference on paper, but how will they compare on the field.Another physical clash will be that of WolvesĂ prop Nick Fozzard and WiganĂs Terry OĂConnor. OĂConnor is a popular front row forward at Wigan who has proved himself to be a powerful force in their defence. Fozzard has been a consistent player for the Wolves this season ever since he exploded on to the scene after a long period out through injury.The two came up against each other in the recent Origin Series; Fozz for Yorkshire and OĂConnor for Lancashire, both played a physical game with Lancashire coming off the better overall. SaturdayĂs game is a rematch, which will come out on top?
Wolves Sign Up YoungsterThe Wolves have signed Richard Mather, 18 from Leeds Rhinos Academy until the end of the season with a view to extending his contract further.Mather has the ability to play at numerous positions - fullback, stand off, scrum half and wing.Mather has featured in the Yorkshire Academy in the recent U19s Origin Series scoring a try in the second game at Wilderspool. He has also toured Australia and New Zealand with the GB Academy last July. Head Coach, Dave Plange commented, "I've known Richard a while and have kept an eye on his development since leaving Leeds last year. He is a young player with tremendous potential with great attitude towards the game. I believe he will go to the top, the club is looking to take him further in his development. There will be an opportunity for him the gain first team experience at the back end of the season."By taking him on contract until the end of the season, it gives us the opportunity to satisfy ourselves that he can play at this level, before investing in his future. He looks like the calibre of player that we are looking for here at the Wolves. We are looking for young players to develop and make a strong Warrington over the next few years. He will feature in this week's Academy game against Wigan before the main game."Richard was excited by the offer to play first team, "Warrington came in with an offer to play first team rugby and this was an opportunity that I have craved. I feel that I will bring enthusiasm to the team as I am looking to learn. This is a new experience for me and a big step from Academy. I am just going to do my best and take on board all the advice and experience that I am going to gain at Warrington."Academy Fixture: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors @ Wilderspool KO: 4.30pm, Saturday 29th June 2002
Wolves Attendance Project Presentation DayThe Wolves will be holding a presentation day for the pupils who attended the "The Warrington Wolves Attendance Project", this will be held on Saturday 29th June before the Wolves taken on Wigan Warriors. The event will start at 4:00pm with members of the press invited to attend from 5:00pm.The presentation is to celebrate the pupils finishing "Attendance Project" and also completing their final year at high school. The event will be held in the "Playing for Success" centre at Wilderspool Stadium. There will be a prize giving for all children who have attended and completed the project. Followed by refreshments before kick off of the evening's game.What is the Attendance Project?The Wolves Attendance Project first started in September 2001; it was a joint initiative with Warrington Education Department, Connexions and the European Social Fund. The aim of this project is to improve the attendance record of high school pupils in the Warrington area. The idea is to improve their attendance record through 'the power of sport' which will result in improving their confidence and life skills by being in association with the club. There are four high schools in the Warrington area working within the scheme, William Beamont, Padgate, Penketh and Sir Thomas Boteler, with five pupils attending one day a week at the Playing for Success Centre. The schools participating in the project have noted a 30/40% increase in attendance at school since being involved with the scheme. The pupils have worked on their education, sport and life skills while at the Centre. There have been numerous visits to local amenities within the scheme, which have been organised and booked by the pupils themselves to improve their communication skills and confidence in human interaction. Pupils from the above four high schools had attendance records of between 30-70% during their academic career and this was the reason for them being nominated to attend the project by their respective schools.As a result of this academic year's Attendance project Shaun Chilvers from Penketh High School as been signed to the Wolves Junior Academy team.
Let The Challenge BeginThe Wolves take on Wigan Warriors in Round 16 of Tetley's Super League VII. The Wolves are in need of points having only won three games so far in the campaign. Head Coach, Dave Plange accesses the situation of the upcoming game and last weekend's fixture in Carcassonne, France."Stuart Raper's influence is now paying dividends for the Wigan outfit and as such, this fixture represents a massive challenge for us. Having said that, I'm sure that the conditions cannot come close to the levels of physical demand placed upon the players in last week's inferno in Carcassonne. It was a pity to have undergone such torture to get back within striking distance only to have the game cruelly sealed in London's favour some six minutes from time. Having said that the players are looking forward to the challenge and are confident of coming up with a committed display over the eighty minutes and if this can be achieved, then I'm sure there will be plenty of excitement for both sets of supporters."Warrington and London saw over 500 fans travel to the South of France for Round 15 to support the team, "I would at this stage like to pay the utmost respect to all of the travelling supporters who ventured out to the south of France. It was a remarkable effort on your part and was very much appreciated by all concerned with the club."This weekend will see the possible return of Warrington's long term injuries, "On the injury front, we are now close to reaching a full strength squad of players with Dean Busby and Lee Penny close to returning to full active condition which of course presents us with selection headaches but I would much rather have these kinds of problems."
Hot in the CiteThe Wolves trip to Carcassonne was big hit with the army of travelling fans from Warrington, but the heatwave in the area caused problems with not just the fans looking for shade on the open terracing but the players on the field.The temperature, even at 7pm in the evening was scorching hot, being reported as in the 90's gave both squads some problems. The subs benches had to be covered with towels to try and shade the players from the sun and extra water carriers were drafted in to help with the constant supply of liquids needed by the players. Match commissioner Ray Tennant also arranged for the game to be played in four quarters with a longer break for half-time to give players and officials much needed rest and recovery time in the sweltering conditions.Wolves coach David Plange commented, "Carcassonne as place is tremendous, the ambience and culture are fantastic but I wouldn't want to subject my players to those kind of conditions again."The Wolves have extended a welcome to the French side to play a friendly next year as part of pre-season preprartions.
t color="#F7D608" face="Arial" size=+2>Q&AThen evening was opened by Supporters' Trust Treasurer Richard Shanks who gave a presentation on the Trust and it's aims and benefits. On the "Top Table" were Coaches David Plange and Paul Darbyshire, Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe, Board member Peter Carey and players Dean Busby and Jon Clarke.Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe continued with a presentation on the new stadium. Andy told the room that the stadium would be try and be utilised 365 days of the year to maximise it's use and profit. News of the stadium being used by a "Premier League reserve side and also increasing the actual pitch size by 10 metres means it can be utilised by other sports.""Interior designs for the stadium are being presented to us next week and we will look at them and discuss them then.""We are hoping to break ground in January or February of next year with a 42 week build programme getting us ready for opening for the start of the Super League 9 season."Head Coach David Plange went through the "ins and outs" of the club for this season and finished up with announcing the signing of Leeds and Yorkshire Origin Academy player Richard Mather.The floor was then open to questions to the panel and the Wolves supporters took full advantage.Andy Gatcliffe gave a firm "No" when asked if the club had made an illegal approach for halfback Nathan Wood.Matters concerning the stadium were also at the forefront of some fans questions and whether the development was dependant on Super League status, again there were positive answers from the panel. "The stadium isn't dependant upon Super League status of the club" and David Plange further commented, "Are we going to stay up? Yes!".The name of the proposed stadium was asked about and news of negotiations with "a number of big name companies and big money" were currently being discussed.
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Team for Broncos in FranceHead Coach Dave Plange has named his team to face London Broncos in Carcassone, France on Saturday 22nd June.26. Dave Alstead 2.Rob Smyth 11.Darren Burns 34.Ben Westwood 25.Leroy Rivett 6.Lee Briers 33.Nathan Wood 10.Dale Laughton 9.Jon Clarke 8.Mark Hilton 16.Jerome Guisset 15.Paul Marquet 13.Sid DomicSubs:21.Paul Wood 18.Nick Fozzard 14.Tommy OĂReilly 28.Danny Halliwell
Learning Enters the Super League at Warrington WolvesWarrington Wolves Rugby League Club today played host to the launch of a study support centre that will use young peopleĂs love of rugby league to motivate them to learn.The centre, opened by Pensions Minister Ian McCartney, is part of the GovernmentĂs Playing for Success scheme which teams up sports clubs, local businesses and local government to create an inspirational environment where young people can boost their reading, numeracy and Information Communication and Technology (ICT) skills.Speaking at the launch Ian McCartney said: "I am delighted that Warrington Wolves are at the forefront of rugby leagueĂs involvement in Playing for Success. A successful education system builds pupilsĂ confidence, inspires them to learn and must also equip them with the skills and self-belief they need to achieve their potential. The Playing for Success initiative at Warrington will play an important role in this."Around 40,000 pupils have already benefited from this really important scheme that is engaging children through innovative, effective, targeted support. And we know Playing for Success is working. The latest evaluation published last month by Estelle Morris gave resounding confirmation of that."Playing for Success was launched in 1998. So far 45 football, rugby and other sports clubs have opened study centres with more due to open later in the year. A further 13 are exploring new and exciting ways to link education and sport under the ŠPlaying for SuccessĂ banner.A recent independent evaluation of Playing for Success confirms that the programme raises pupilsĂ skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT, benefiting both boys and girls equally, and regardless of ethnic background or special needs.
Hilton Recieves Call UpFour Warrington Wolves players have been named in the Origin squads for the first game at Wigan's JJB on Friday 14th June. For Lancashire Club Captain and scrum half, Lee Briers and prop Mark Hilton. Hilton, was named as a replacement for the injured Mike Forshaw from Bradford this morning.Mark was stunned at the call up, "This has come as a surprise, but a welcome one at that. I am looking forward to the challenge of taking on Yorkshire on Friday, if I am chosen in the starting line up. It is definitely a playing honour."For Yorkshire prop Nick Fozzard and new signing centre Ben Westwood where named in the squad yesterday.Nick was as surprised as team mate Mark about the call up, "I am excited to have the opportunity to represent my county at this level. This will definitely be a challenge playing against my teammates Mark and Lee, I am looking forward to it."Head Coach Dave Plange was delighted to have four players chosen to represent their respective counties, "All the players have worked extremely hard this season even though the points on the board have not reflected the commitment and passion that the whole team have put in. Nick has been a work horse this season and deserves the recognition of representing his county. Lee has lifted his game in thelast three to four weeks and has come along massively. He is definitely a contender for the GB squad this season. Wakefield coach, Peter Roe had tipped Ben to be picked and it is well deserved. This highlights just one of the reasons why I signed Ben. The late inclusion of Mark was no surprise, I had said he was boarding on selection and it is a triumph for him having come back from a year out of the game. I wish them all the best of luck."