Nutley Signs for SharksWarrington Wolves player, Danny Nutley, 27 has signed a two year deal with Cronulla Sharks for the 2002 NRL campaign.Danny signed for Warrington Wolves from South Queensland Crushers prior to the 1998 season. Nutley, has played 98+1 games for the Wolves scoring 3 tries.Danny commented, "I have signed a two year deal with the Sharks. It is a great opportunity for me and I am looking forward to the new challenge in Australia. I have enjoyed my time with the Wolves and my aim for the rest of the season is to make our way into the top Five."The Warrington Wolves Board commented, "Over recent weeks there have been several meetings with Danny Nutley over his future career path. The Club was extremely keen to retain Danny's services and a greatly improved offer was made to him, to which he gave his full consideration.It has not been an easy decision for Danny but personal family circumstances have taken priority for him at this time. As a result he will be returning home to Australia at the end of the season to join the Cronulla Sharks."
Team NewsThe squad to face current World Club Champions St Helens is:Alan HunteRob SmythIan SibbitDavid KidwellLee PennyLee BriersAllan LangerJerome GuissetJon ClarkeDanny NutleyGary MercerDean BusbyTawera NikauSteve McCurriePaul WoodMartin MasellaPaul Noone
Alfie ReturnsWolves Captain Allan Langer arrived back at Wilderspool today to meet the Rugby League press after his man-of-the-match winning performance against New South Wales in this years final State of Origin match.Langer, who is 35 at the end of the month, gave a stunning performance for his home state and tipped the overall balance of wins to Queensland."I had to do it for Queensland and the way I left I felt I owed it to them, and my coach Wayne Bennett.", said Langer.Turning to the current game and last weeks performance against Halifax Langer commented "The boys played well last week and they've trained well this week, finishing off with a good session today. With 11 games to go we are still in with a chance of the top five".Langer, who flew back in on Thursday, has only had a couple of training sessions this week but isn't taking the threat of a potentially depleted Saints side easily, "It'll be a tough game on Saturday and we can't worry about their side, wee have to concentrate on ours. Winning form is good form and that helps. They're a tough side and they're not the World Club Champions for nothing."When prompted about his future Langer confirmed that he would be taking up a position with the Brisbane Broncos at the end of his contract, "Brisbane is a great club but its been great here and the friends Ive made are fantasttic, I wouldnt say a bad word about this club."Langer also courted the aussie press who were present at the conference who particularly interested in how life and playing in warrington was different than back home.
Clarke SignsWarrington Wolves have signed on loan hooker, Jon Clarke from London Broncos. Jon, 22 has spent two months at Warrington Wolves scoring two tries in seven appearances for the club. Warrington has signed Jon until the end of the 2002 season. A former GB academy captain, Jon represented his country at this level on ten occasions. Jon started his first grade career with Wigan Warriors in 1997, before a move to London Broncos in 2000. Head Coach, Darryl Van de Velde commented, "Jon is an excellent prospect for the club, he has played extremely well for us on loan from London Broncos. He is improving all the time and I am glad that we have signed him. The future is in bright young players like Jon. He's a local lad from Lowton and it's an indication of the club looking at home-grown talent. The signing of Jon Clarke is a clear indication of the club going forward and looking to the future." Jon Clarke commented, "I'm delighted to have signed for a club with a Rugby League tradition. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the fans and the club for making me feel welcome and giving me the opportunity to play rugby. My focus now is Saturday's game against St Helens and then the aim of the season of making it into the Top Five."
Alliance Fixture ChangesThe following are changes to the Alliance Fixture schedule:St. Helens - Home - Thursday 5th July, kick-off 7.30pmCastleford Tigers - Home - Thursday 12th July, kick-off 7.30pmLondon Broncos - Away - Sunday 22hd July, kick-off 3.00pm
Langer for QueenslandWarrington Wolves star scrum half, Allan Langer has been picked for the Queensland State of Origin team to face New South Wales next Sunday. Langers former coach and mentor at Brisbane Broncos and current Queensland head coach, Wayne Bennett, has called upon the influential scrum-half to break the one-all deadlock for the maroons in a game that will not only decide this years series but potentially give Queensland the upper hand as the past 19 series are tied at nine wins a piece.Head coach Darryl Van de Velde commented, "I am delighted that he has been picked, it shows enormous respect that the Queensland Team Manager has chosen Langer to represent the State."Warrington Wolves Board of Directors commented, "We consider it a tribute to Allan to be picked at his age to represent Queensland, it is an outstanding feat and we wish him well."Allan Langer has played 30 games for Queensland between the years of 1987 and 1998. He has scored nine tries and kicked a drop goal during that time, accumulating 37 points. Langer took part in the 1997 Tri-Series playing in all three games and scoring a try.Allan will miss the Warrington Wolves clash against Halifax Blue Sox on Sunday 1st July.
PositionQueenslandNew South WalesFullbackDarren Lockyer (C)Mark HughesWingLote TuquiriAdam MacDougallCentreDaniel WagonRyan GirdlerCentrePaul BowmanMatthew GidleyWingWendell SailorJamie AinscoughStand OffPaul GreenBrad FittlerScrum HalfAllan LangerTrent BarrettPropShane WebckeJason StevensHookerJohn DoyleLuke PriddisPropJohn ButtigiegMark OĈMeleySecond rowBradley MeyersBryan FletcherSecond rowPetro CivonicevaAdam MuirLooseDarren SmithAndrew Ryan
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Guess who's coming to dinner?A re-union for the '86 Premiership winning side is planned to take place on Tuesday 28th August with guest of honour to be Les Boyd, the influential aussie forward who was taken into the harts of fans during his stay at Wilderspool. The Sportsman's dinner, with Boyd as guest speaker plus a top comedian, will cost ú25 per head for a four course meal and late bar."Sir" Les will be ver as part of special GB V Aus veterans match to be held at the Autoquest stadium. Les is also likely to be in attendance at the St Helens game on the Sunday, watching his old club perform.Contact Bernie Lenihan on (01925) 635338 for tickets for the sportsman's dinner.
Statement from The BoardFollowing the announcement last week from Darryl van de Velde that he was not seeking an extension to his current contract, which expires at the end of the season. The Board of Directors is sorry that Darryl has chosen to leave, but fully support his decision, which has been based on family reasons. The Board thanks Darryl for his commitment and professionalism throughout his period at the Club.The Board are now actively seeking a successor to Darryl and hope to be in a position to name a replacement Head Coach by the end of July 2001 and are inviting application for this position.
Fixture ChangesSky have announced the following matches will be shown on TV:Round 18 - Saturday 7th July - St Helens v Warrington Wolves - ko 6pm.Round 20 - Saturday 21st July - Warrington Wolves v London Broncos - ko 6pm.The academy games will also be changed, so that they remain as curtain raisers.Please also note that the Round 17 Halifax on Sunday 30th June kicks off at 3pm andstrong>not 8pm as incorrectly stated in some places.
Highton ReleasedDavid Highton, the Wolves player recently found guilty of taking an illegal substance and subsequently banned from the game until 30th April 2002 under the RFL's Doping Control regulations, has been released by the club.The Wigan born Hooker has played 22 first team matches with 14 sub appearances spanning four seasons of Super League.