Team and Match NewsPerformance Director, Steve Anderson has announced his squad to face Bradford Bulls in the Wolves last home game of the season this Sunday (9/09/01).Lee Penny, Kevin Crouthers, Toa Kohe Love, Anthony Swann, Alan Hunte, Ian Knott, Jon Clarke, Martin Masella, Danny Nutley, Jerome Guisset, Steve McCurrie, Paul Noone, Tawera Nikau, Lee Briers, Gary Hulse, David Bates, David Kidwell, Steve ThomasThis will be Toa Kohe Love, Danny Nutley, Tawera Nikau, Alan Hunte and Martin Masella's last home game for the Wolves. Post Match the team will stay on the field to pay tribute to the fans and Tawera Nikau as Club Captain will address the fans. Performance director, Steve Anderson will also address the Warrington faithful on this emotional day of farewells.Summer ConferenceSummer Conference, Northern Division Crewe Wolves will take on Chester Wolves on Sunday before the main game, kick off will be 12:30PM.Aiming for a Huge Bang!Warrington Wolves are hoping to achieve their largest crowd of the season to end Super League VI at Wilderspool on a high. Warrington's highest crowd so far this season was against St Helens in April - 8062.Arrive Early to enjoy the pre match entertainment of Wolves v Wolves and the Starlites!
Weston to the Wolves26 year-old Craig Weston has agreed a three-year deal to join the Wolves from local rivals Widnes Vikings. Weston has NRL experience with both the Gold Coast Seagulls and the South Queensland Crushers before moving to Huddersfield Giants.A former Australian schoolboy, Craig made his first grade debut at just 17 years of age, making him one of the youngest players to debut at that level in Australia.Craig's main attributes are his positional versatility in the backline having played stand-off, centre and fullback highlighted by his running and passing game. He also has an excellent kicking game as well as being an established goal kicker.Since arriving in England Craig has played at Huddersfield Giants for three seasons and recently had stints with Doncaster and Widnes in the NFP.Craig is yet another player Performance Director Steve Anderson is familiar with having worked with him when he played for the Queensland and Australian Schoolboy teams. Craig's development was closely scrutinised by Anderson while he attended 'Palm Beach Currumbin', the highly rated 'Sport of Excellence' school on the Gold Coast. The school is recognised throughout Australia for its talented youth programs across various sports including Rugby League. Craig was awarded a scholarship to attend where Anderson was involved as a representative of the Queensland Rugby League overseeing the implementation of the coaching programs.Steve Anderson is excited in renewing his relationship with Craig and believes that "Craig has under achieved considering the potential he displayed as a teenager." Anderson further suggests, "This has been due I think mainly to his ability to play several positions, which I feel, has worked against him and has hindered his ability to settle or develop to his full potential.""I have always believed Craig to be a pivot and he certainly will be considered in that position here.""Craig will offer not only his experience but a settling factor to the team. He will also offer particular qualities to the style of play we will be playing from week to week."
GB AndersonWarrington Wolves Performance Director, Steve Anderson is considering assisting the GB squad in their preparation ahead of the Ashes Series this autumn. Steve has been in discussions with David Waite and Greg MacCallum about a possible role within the coaching staff. Steve has previously assisted Australian Coach Chris Anderson with the Australian team, between 1998-2000 in which they where Tri-Nations Champions 1998 and World Cup Champions in 2000.Performance Director, Steve Anderson commented on his departure from the Australian team and the possibility of assisting the GB squad."The important thing is that I surrendered the position that I held with the Australian team due to my commitments at Warrington, the geographical situation was virtually impossible to carry on my work with them. It was a great disappointment to me, but with the advent of my unavailability for the Australian side, David Waite and Greg MacCallum made enquiries about my availability to help preparing the GB side. These enquires came a couple of months ago and I have thought seriously about them, especially with David being a personal and professional colleague of mine from Australia. My working with the GB squad is twofold showing my commitment to rugby league internationally and being part of the British system."National Head Coach and Technical Director, David Waite commented, "I'm please that Steve is in the country working with Warrington Wolves. In a positive sense, it is great that he is working within the British system. There has been discussion between myself and Steve about his expertise being used to help prepare the GB squad for the up and coming Ashes Series, but that is the position at present it is stillin the discussion stage."
Wolves Engineer Development PartnerA Warrington Business with a global reputation is making a substantial investment into the Wolves' Player Development plans.Simon and Paul Taberham, who own Howley-based Tab Refractories, have earmarked thousands of pounds to go to the Super League club in sponsorship.Managing Director, Simon Taberham said "I have been encouraged to see Steve give some of the young players a run out in recent games. Tab have a similar philosophy to the Wolves, as it is the only refractory company in Europe to continuously take school-leaver apprentices and give them a career pathway."Wolves' Director of Community and Marketing Adam Jude is delighted with the deal.He said "Simon is impressed with performance director Steve Anderson's policy and with the way he has already introduced young players into the first team since his arrival.""Simon and Paul are Warrington born and bred and realise the benefit of the club putting time and energy into developing the young talent that there is in the community."Wolves Performance Director, Steve Anderson coaching philosophy is based on development and he is reassured regarding the faith the business have already shown in his future plans for the Wolves. He stated that, "The commitment Tab is making, is going to assist the development of future professional players and this is great news for the club and the town as a whole."
O'Reilly InWarrington Wolves have signed the Papua New Guinean international Tommy O'Reilly on a two-year deal. He played for Papua New Guinea in the Lincoln World Cup 2000 competition and continues to feature in their line up. Tommy has featured in the Alliance team in Super League V. Tommy, 26 a scrum half, played on trial in last Friday's night's game against Leeds Rhinos impressing Performance Director, Steve Anderson.Steve commented, "I am familiar with Tommy's football career having watched him progress through Reddicliffe, Queensland as an up and coming teenager to the NRL Gold Coast Seagulls. Tommy's career has shown consistency and durability whilst in Australia, he has played confidently at half back and with this in mind his versatility will be of great benefit to our club next year.Tommy has performed at international level with Papua New Guinea for several years. I wish him well for his preparation for the upcoming Test Match against Australia. I look forward to having Tommy join the club for the 2002 season."Tommy is to represent Papua New Guinea against Australia on the 7th October, Tommy returns home in two weeks to begin preparation. He commented on his appointment with the club and playing for his country, "I am glad to be given the opportunity to prove myself in British Super League. I can't wait for Super League VII, training with the lads towards the end of this season has been good and promises to be an excellentgrounding for next season.I'm looking forward to playing the best next month, I'm keen to get home and start training. Playing Australia is always a test. I'm hoping the heat at home will play some effect on their performance. Playing Australia and playing Super League next season is a dream come true. Hard work but rewarding."
New Club Captain for WolvesWarrington Wolves have signed Matthew Rodwell from Penrith Panthers. Matthew, 29 a halfback has signed on a two year deal.Rodwell signed for his current club Penrith Panthers in 2000 and made his debut at first grade level in 1992 for Newcastle Knights. A talented halfback with exceptional kicking and passing game, he shows other superb halfback qualities including organisational skills and a neat running game. Matthew Rodwell will be the new Warrington Wolves Club captain going into Super League VII. Rodwell has amassed a career total of 179 appearances, 36 tries with four field goals.Steve Anderson commented on the signing of the club's new captain, "Matt's experience of ten season in the NRL in Australia will more than assist in the develop of our young players at the club. The present Penrith Panthers coach, Royce Simmons has paid tribute to Matt's involvement with the development side of things in Penrith. Which I consider important in a club captain, to look to develop the youth within a side. Rodwell is an experienced No.7 and combined with my earlier signing of his team mate Sid Domic at No.13 they will bring the experience into the side that I am looking for to take the side forward next season. Matt's organisational skills will be an attribute to the style of play that we will be playing at Wilderspool next season."
Fans ForumWarrington Wolves have re - signed Dean Busby, 27 on a two-year contract keeping him with the club until 2003.Dean made his rugby league debut for Hull in 1990/91 before a spell with St Helens and then he returned to Humberside to play for Hull Sharks in their first season in Super League in 1998. Busby joined Warrington in 1999 and has made 65 (33-sub) appearances for the club.Dean has played for England and Wales, and has been capped by GB at U21 level. Dean played for Wales in the Lincoln World Cup 2000 alongside fellow team mate Lee Briers. Dean has continued to appear in the Welsh line up throughout the 2001 season.Dean Busby commented on his commitment to the club, "I have been impressed by Steve's [Anderson] vision for the future of the club, especially with the youth programme that he is putting in place. The club have offered me an improved deal to stay with them and I have enjoyed my time here and feel that the future is strong for the club."Performance Director, Steve Anderson expressed, "Busby is a senior player that I feel will develop younger players like Noone and Knott. His experience is well documented having played for England and Wales in the U21s and Wales at first grade level. He has been a consistent player while he has been at Warrington and I'm looking for that consistency to continue from his game."
Hulse and Noone SignWarrington Wolves have signed Gary Hulse and Paul Noone for next season as part of their Youth Programme. Gary Hulse has signed a two-year deal with the club keeping him at Wilderspool until 2003. Hulse made his full debut for the Wolves with a try against Castleford Tigers (12/08/01). Hulse, 20, a Widnes lad signed from Crosfields ARLFC in 1999 and has featured regularly in the Alliance team in the last two seasons.Gary Hulse commented, "I am absolutely made up. It is something that I have always wanted to do, play rugby league professional. I am extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to do a job that I love. It is a dream come true. Crosfields ARLFC supported me throughout my early years and if it wasn't for them I would never have reached the position I am in today."Paul Noone has signed a one-year with a one-year option to keep him at Wilderspool for the immediate future. Noone is a talented back rower, a former GB Academy captain who has featured regularly in the first and Alliance team this season."I'm over the moon and can't wait to get started next season. I reckon that we are going to be strong competitors next season. I am looking forward to playing alongside the new signings and working alongside Steve [Anderson]. I would like to see us do better next season, break into the top five. I am very happy with the deal."Performance Director Steve Anderson commented on the signing of the club's youth."They are both excellent young talents, this highlights the youth policy that I have been maintaining. Both have very bright futures within the first team processes for next year. Gary is a dynamic young halfback whose game will further develop over the next twelve months. Paul has already achieved representative honours at Academy level and I can see the same at first team level in the next two to three years."
Fans ForumFans ForumWithPerformance Director: Steve AndersonChief Executive: Andy GatcliffeChairman: Lord Doug HoyleWednesday 12th September 20017:30pm for 8:00pm kick offPrice: ú2 Adultú1 ChildAsk all those questions you have been dying to know the answers to.."Why did the club let Toa go to Hull FC?""Who is going to re sign and who is leaving the club?"
Wolves to Face the SaintsWarrington Wolves have named their squad to face St Helens on Sunday 26th August 2001, kick off 3:00PM.Lee Penny, Kevin Crouthers (D), David Kidwell, Toa Kohe Love, Steve Thomas, Lee Briers, Gary Hulse, Martin Masella, Jon Clarke, David Bates, Tawera Nikau, Jerome Guisset, Ian Knott, Anthony Swann, Paul Noone, Dave Whittle, Danny Nutley, Steve McCurrieIt has been confirmed that Rob Smyth will be out for the rest of the season having popped his shoulder during the Castleford Tigers game on the 12th August.Warrington has brought in a fifth trialist, Kevin Crouthers who will be in the starting line up for Sunday's game. Crouthers, 25 can play either centre or on the wing and has come on trial from Dewsbury Rams on a week to week basis. Crouthers has played at Bradford Bulls (1998), London Broncos (2000), Doncaster Dragons (2000) and Widnes Vikings (2001).Performance Director, Steve Anderson commented, "Kevin is an acclaimed player, known for his attacking style of play and deft ball handling skills. I have offered him a trial with the Wolves on a week to week basis the same as all the other trialists - Bates, Whittle, Smith, Thomas and Swann. He will be given the opportunity to see how he performs at this level."Anthony Swann and Kevin Crouthers will have an outing in the U21's fixture tonight against Huddersfield Giants.