Langer meets Langer!Australian Cricketer Justin Langer will be a guest at this weekends Tetley Bitter Super League match against Wigan Warriors.Justin, who hails from Perth, is a left handed batsman and has represented Australia at Test Match level 33 times.
Super League V - Round 26 Team NewsA visit from the current table-toppers Wigan this weekend, as the Warriors come off a stunning last second victory over rivals Bradford Bulls. Danny Farrar is set to return after missing his furst game of the season last week with an ankle injury.The squad is:Lee PennyJamie StenhouseToa Kohe-LoveAlan HunteMark ForsterLee BriersAllan LangerAndrew GeeDanny FarrarDanny NutleySteve McCurrieIan KnottTawera NikauPaul NooneJerome GuissetMike PetersDean BusbyThe Warriors, who are the in-form team of Super League having won their previous seven games, are unlikely to make too many changes for this sundays clash. Simon Haughton lines up in the Alliance side this evening to face Bradford and may take a place. Lee Gilmour is the only other player with a question mark about his fitness, after picking up an ankle inujry at the weekend.
Confirmation of Peter Deakins ResignationLord Hoyle, Chairman of Warrington Wolves, confirmed today that Peter Deakin has resigned as Chief Executive and would leave the club on 31st August 2000, having accepted the position of Chief Executive of Sale Rugby Union club. Lord Hoyle commented, "The board of Warrington Wolves acknowledge the very significant contribution Peter has made to the club over the past two seasons, particularly in raising our profile, increasing our fan-base and extending our community development programme. We wish Peter every success in his new role. Our ambitious plans for the club will continue to be developed and received a a a major boost last week with the approval locally of our plans for a new 12,000 capacity stadium in the town. This is tremendously exciting development it will ensure our future as a major force in Super League, will provide state-of-the-art facilities for our loyal supporters and visitors, and will be a major community amenity for the town. The positive stadium decision could also allow us to grow our fan-base, strengthen our Team and develop further our relationships with our commercial partners and sponsors. We continue to be extremely enthusiastic about the prospects for the club in the future as a major force in Rugby League operating at the very centre of the Warrington community."
Great Gameday!Warrington Wolves are aiming to break their record Super League crowd for the third time this season as they entertain the leaders Wigan Warriors the Sunday kick-off 3pm. The record crowd of 9086, set against St Helens should be beaten, as it is the first time this season that the game against Wigan will not be on Sky. This will be the third fixture between the two sides and the Wolves are determined to register a win against their local rivals for the first time this season. There'll be some great confrontations across the park, in particular, look out for the head-to-head clash between Tawera Nikau and Andy Farrell, and Andrew Gee and Mick Cassidy. Adam Jude, the Wolves Community Development Manager enthused "the club has organised a spectacular game day package with a schedule of entertainment and special guests so as to encourage fans to get there early." A gate will open at 12:30pm with a pre-match curtain-raiser, Great Britain Women versus England Wildcats. The pre-match entertainment will be crammed with exciting events including: a star local singer, gymnastics display, mini-rugby full-height match, a new form of transport for Wolfie and of course no day will be complete without the Starlites. A limited edition car sticker will be available before the game, plus a Tetley Bitter promotion to reward those arriving early. Fans will also have the opportunity to have their say on the Wolves, by filling out the supporters survey, available at the turnstiles or the club shop. The game is the biggest Super League fixture in the north-west this weekend and fans are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. Contact the ticket hotline on 01925 25005.
Manweb Sponsorship for Wolves Development ProgrammeA unique community development programme, sponsored by regional energy company, Manweb, will be officially launched this Sunday by the former England and Bolton Wanderers legend, Nat Lofthouse. The official launch of the Warrington Wolves development programme will take place at half-time during the Super League match with the Wigan Warriors.The decision by Manweb to form a partnership with the Wolves was based on a Manwebs commitment to develop and enhance its links with the communities that it operates in. Warrington Wolves are well-known for the dynamic and innovative work they perform with the community, particularly through "Primary Link". Primary link is an initiative, successfully piloted last year, that takes the Wolves players into town primary schools as role models to give talks to assemblies and classes and also provide coaching assistance. In addition to the primary link initiative, Warrington Wolves and Manweb will also implement a development programme, through a Sportmatch grant, that target grassroots participation in rugby league. The main aim of the programme is to help youngsters get more involved in Rugby League, and this will also be achieved as the programme works within a "cluster", which can schools and amateur clubs together with the same geographical area. Robin Hodkinson, Scheme Manager for Sportsmatch said, is "I am delighted that Sportsmatch will be partners in Primary Link as I believe this initiative will help to enthuse, retain and develop young players in the game of Rugby League." Manweb Managing Director Stewart Saunders said: "Manweb is very pleased to be sponsoring Primary Link, which will benefit so many youngsters in Warrington and the surrounding her. We see the initiative linking well with Manwebs extensive community programme and will include safety messages to children, highlighting the need to be save at all time, especially around any electrical equipment." Warrington Wolves Community Development Manager Adam Jude stated: "It is marvellous news for schools and amateur clubs in Warrington that Manweb and Sportsmatch had become partners in Primary Link. The support of these two organisations for this project will provide an exciting and powerful motivating opportunity for all youngsters to learn."
Super League V - Round 25 Team NewsA trip to the capital and a firday night game against the London Broncos is on the agenda for this week, after the great news from the Development Committee yesterday evening a win over John Monie's men would cap the week off just perfect.The squad is:Lee PennyMark ForsterJamie StenhouseAlan HunteToa Kohe-LoveLee BriersAllan LangerAndrew GeeDanny FarrarDanny NutleySteve McCurriePaul NooneTawera NikauJerome GuissetMike PetersIan KnottDean BusbyWarren StevensThe main changes are that Jamie Stenhouse will make his first team debut in place of Will Cowell. It was found that Mark Hilton has broken his arm again will play n further part in this season, in for him is Danny Nutley who is returning from injury.John Monie has recalled Kevin Crouthers after an injury lay-off and Rob Smyth also takes a place to face the side he scored five tries in four loan games. Shane Millard keeps his place as hooker with Dean Callaway still on the sidelines. Paul Davidson picks up a bench spot.
The Council... they say 'YES'!The Town Planning Committee has voted 7 to 4 in favour of joint planning application between the Wolves and Super Market Giants Tescos. The proviso is that the decision will be referred to the Secretary of State, and he has 21 days in which to call a public meeting to discuss he proposal or accept the application.Letters of support and petitions signed by the clubs fans helped sway the decision of the Planning Committee, as did the passioned plea of Wolves fan Mark Fearnley.Also speaking at the meeting were Tescos John Christie, Retail Marketing Manager. Mr Christie put across the points that Tesco see Warrington as a flagship with the Tesco Extra store which would create 800 jobs and also help finance the much needed ú12 million to develop the stadium.Speakig against were local residents in the area of the proposed stadium and large retailers like Asda and W M Morrisons. Town centre trading was also much talked about and any impact that a new stadium and retail facility may have on that. Also much talked about was traffic congestion on the A49 Winwick Road.In the end the members voted in favour of the application being referred to the Secretary of State and it is now down to him to make the final decisions.Speaking immediately after the decision Wolves coach Darryl van de Velde said, "It's excellent news. Obviously the process that we've got to got through and wait the 21 days, but it's an excellent opportunity and we need the stadium to go ahead. It's great news for the fans and the town itself. For us to go forward in Super League it had to be a 'Yes' vote tonight."Wolves Chief Exectutive Peter Deakin addressed the massed fans of the club and was treated like a hero, "That was the first major hurdle and I'd just to thank the councillors that voted for us, it wasn't as tight as I thought it would be with a 7-4 vote. It's a great vote for us and there is a resolution there that it will got through to the Secretary of State for him to review. He has 21 days to make a decision whether it goes to a public enquiry or not. We hope he sees that this has value added community that will support the development of this new stadium."
Town Hall Planning MeetingA message from Peter Deakin to all fans about the Planning Meeting:I just want to give everyone a quick update about tomorrow's meeting. I understand that there will be a lot of fans congregating at the Town Hall from 4pm onwards, with the meeting starting at 5pm.We've been informed that a loud speaker system will relay the proceedings so that all fans can be kept advised as to how the meeting is going. We think that it will last approximately 1-11/2 hours.I'm expecting a big turnout, and I wouldn't expect anything less from the fantastic supporters that we have at this club and the unrivaled support you've shown the club this season. If you are able to make the meeting then please bring as many people as you can, Mums, Dads, Aunts, Uncles, Brothers and Sisters... Every Person Counts!The support you show will finally let us deliver to the Towns decision-makers how strongly we all feel about the town and the club.I don't want to come across as being condescending, but I need to ask all those attending to be on their best behaviour, as you will be representing the club for the entire World to see. I don't mean for you all to be subdued (as if you would!) so go out there, have some fun and enjoy yourselves. Most importantly if we don't get the response we are looking for I'd ask you all to please show some dignity, we need to show we can conduct ourselves properly so that we can construct a response accordingly.Having said that I am feeling confident, without feeling over confident, that we will get the positive response we are looking for to the application.I look forward to seeing you all there, you are without doubt the most loyal and proud supporters in the league and I thank you all for your support.COME ON YOU WIRE!Peter DeakinP.S. Please wear you club colours and bring your banners, flags and musical instruments!
Captain NikauWolves loose forward Tawera Nikau has been named Captain of the New Zealand Maoris for this years Lincoln Financial World Cup.Tawera, a former New Zealand International with 19 caps and last year voted the Worlds best loose forward, will pick up his International career and team mate Toa Kohe-Love has also been named in the squad. British based Gene Ngamu, Martin Moana and Sean Hoppe are also included in the squad that will face Ireland, Scotland and Samoa in Group Four.
Super League V - Round 24 Team NewsThe Wolves head up the road to close neighbours St Helens in front of Sky Sports cameras this sunday to face a wounded and embarrased Saints side that was outclassed by Wakefield the previous week. The saints are without doubt a bogey side for the Wolves having never beaten them in Super League. The squad is:Lee PennyMark ForsterWill CowellAlan HunteToa Kohe-LoveLee BriersAllan LangerAndrew GeeDanny FarrarMark HiltonSteve McCurriePaul NooneTawera NikauJerome GuissetMike PetersIan KnottDean BusbyWarren StevensWarren Stevens is back in the squad after spending last season in Australia playing for Lower Clarence RLFC. Warren has impressed in the games he has played since returning and is cover for Mark Hilton whose arm injury is responding well to treatment. Also back is Mark Forster, who launched his double testimonial season this week. Coach Van de Velde also put paid to speculation on the future of half-back Lee Briers as he stated that contract negotiations are well under way, "He's not going anywhere. He is under 24, he is the only player this club has ever paid a fee for and he is learning all the time off Alfie."Returning for the saints are Great Britain International Paul Newlove, who returns after seven weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring problem. Young fullback Paul Wellens also returns after a kidney infection. Hooker Keiron Cunningham also makes a start after last week being on the bench and warns, "We'll have no problem picking ourselves up for Warrington. We took a few things for granted at the weekend and it won't happen again." The only regular player with a chance of not being in the squad is Sonny Nickle.