Wolves and Tesco Announce Joint VentureThe Wolves and Tescos are to present a joint planning application for a new Rugby League Stadium and themed retail store. In a ground-breaking deal betweeen Tesco, site owners Carlsberg-Tetley and Warrington Sports Holdings Ltd, the new store will generate the £12million necessary to help finance the new stadium.The application submitted to Warrington Borough Council by the Wolves and Tesco will be considered by the Planning Committe on Wednesday 23rd August, marks a major milestone in the campaign to build a new stadium for the club and the town's community, which will secure the long-term future of the club in Warrington.Tescos Corporate Affairs Manager Martin Venning said, "At a stroke, this deal will put Warrington well and truly back on the shopping map." Shopping in Warrington is already on the decline, falling from 56th position in April 1996 to 87th position in April 2000 in the UK retail Focus National rankings."This plan is absolutely key to the future sucess of Warrington in a lot of different ways.", continued Mr Venning, "Warrington needs a broad range of retail and leisure facilities that are second to none. We live in a world of choice and people can always go somewhere else to do their shopping and enjoy leisure facilities. The challenge to Warrington is to offer something that is special, something which is unique this partnership is going to deliver just that.The multi-purpose stadium will have a capacity for 12,000 people and will be a state of the art facility including leisure, catering and education facilities. The club's board has also stipulated that the Stadium must be a focus for the community of Warriington, offering quality teaching facilities for training in sports and education for young people as part of a total community programme.Lord Hoyle, Chairman of the Warrington Wolves said, "We are grateful to Tesco for enerous donation of the land and their support with the application. Since we launched a campaign to build a new stadium, we have received enormous support from fans, local business and community groups. We take our hats off to the fans who started a groundswell of support from the launch date.""The social and economic benefits outlined by Tesco can only strengthen the buoyancy of the town. The new stadium will ensure that top level Rugby League stays in the Town and will help to secure the club's long term future. This is a wonderful opportunity to help give Warrington an image that is commensurate with its aspirations for City Status."
Roper to the RedsOn-loan Jon Roper will join Salford City Reds after his loan period with London Broncos finishes. Roper will see out the last four games of the season with the Salford club and could ironically face the Wolves in the last game of the season at Wilderspool on September 17th. The cumbrian, whose contract with the Wolves is due up at the end of the season, may be looking to make the move permanent.Salford Chief Executive Dave Tarry confirmed, "Jon Roper will be joining us on loan until the end of the season."Roper who made his club debut in the 93/94 season, was a once a Great Britain tourist, has played 121 games with Warrington scoring 53 times and kicking 83 goals.
Hilton OKEngland International Mark Hilton, who left the field of play after only five minutes in yesterdays victory over Hull, has not broken his arm as was first feared.An X-Ray has provided the best possible news for both Mark and the Wolves. Marks arm is bruised and he will have regular treatment over the next few days.
D-Day for the WolvesD-Day, or Decision Day for the Wolves is set for the 23rd of August, that's when a Council Committee will sit and decide the future of a new stadium within the town.The decision will also ultimately decide the future of Warrington Rugby League Football club as the elected officials of the town and borough of Warrington debate as to whether a new stadium and supermarket complex are what an ailing part of the north of the town centre needs.Wolves Chief Executive Peter Deakin recently stated to a packed Parr Hall full of Wolves fans, "Unless by the spring we have delivered a stadium, or have the finances in place or have planning approval for the stadium, we will be asked to leave Super League." Without a new stadium Warrington will fail to regain it's Super League franchise when all current clubs are put through a consultation and assessment process, with stadium facilities being high the scoring. At present Warrington Rugby League Football Club has played at Wilderspool Stadium for over a hundred years and it is increasingly difficult to keep the old buildings and terraces up to the required standard, and whilst it will be a sad day in the hearts of all fans if the Wolves were to leave it would be for a better equipped stunningly modern stadium that would take the club and its supporters into the new Millennium.The meeting is set to start at 5pm and will last for approximately 2 hours, with the full session being given over to the stadium and supermarket development. Fans and supporters are urged to attend and show their support for the planning application as a decision must be made during that session. Loud speakers will be placed around the Town Hall entrance and inside in meeting rooms for fans to hear the session live.Fans are then invited back to the Touchdown Club at Wilderspool for sandwiches and to view the video "Warrington Proud", which was shown at the Parr Hall as well as other videos of recent matches. Hopefully the evening will end on a celebratory for a town with a long tradition of Rugby League, and long may it continue!
Super League V - Round 23 Team NewsA tough encounter and one that is set to start the battle for sixth place over the next few rounds sees former Gateshead stars line up under the Hull FC banner.The squad is:Lee PennyRob SmythWill CowellAlan HunteToa Kohe-LoveLee BriersAllan LangerAndrew GeeDanny FarrarMark HiltonSteve McCurriePaul NooneTawera NikauJerome GuissetMike PetersIan KnottDean BusbyAfter a 32-16 defeat at the start of the season, the week after both teams were in Challenge Cup semi-finals, the Hull side are knocking on the door of the top five and with only five more games to play after this one pride and places are up for grabs.Darryl said, "This game it is a four point and in that we can close the gap on Hull in 6th place if we win. We want to win as many again as possible from here on in and to finish as high as possible and therefore get a bigger slice of the available prize-money." Hull have loose forward David Maiden, winger Deon Bird and prop Wayne McDonald all out for the rest of the season. Although influential winger Matt Daylight is fit to return, Daylight was the scorer of a stunning hat trick of tries in this years Challenge Cup semi-final.
Super League V - Round 22 Team NewsThe Wolves face the Reds in Round 22 of Super League. After a great victory over Castleford last week the Wolves face a depleted Salford side in what is a The squad is:Lee PennyWill CowellChris CampbellAlan HunteToa Kohe-LoveRob SmythLee BriersAllan LangerAndrew GeeDanny FarrarMark HiltonSteve McCurriePaul NooneTawera NikauJerome GuissetMike PetersIan KnottGary Chambers.Missing from the line-up is Danny Nutley who suffered a recurrence of a knee injury, he is likely to be out for at least three weeks.Salford have back rower Jason Nicol out, concussed centre Kris Tassell plus half-backs Steve Blakeley and Graham Holroyd will have late fitness tests before Coach Harvey announces his final team. Missing also will be prop Craig Makin who will undergo surgery later in the week.The Starlites will be performing a hot new dance routine as well as having Starlite Emma adding to the great entertainment by performing a new song.
Fixture changesRounds 24 and 25 of Super League V have been changed due to Sky Sports coverage of both matches.The Round 24 match against St Helens is still on Sunday 20th, but the kick-off time has changed to 6.35pm, the game to be shown live on Sky Sports.The Round 25 match against London Broncos is moved from the Sunday to Friday 25th, Kick-off 7.30pm Live on Sky Sports 1. WIDTH="1" HEIGHT="1" ALT=" " border="0"><
Super League V - Round 21 Team NewsThe squad for the Friday night match is back to virtually full strength with Tawera Nikau returning from a ban and Danny Nutley and Toa Kohe-Love back after injuries. Castleford have Danny Orr and Brad Davis in doubt for the clash at "The Jungle".The squad is:Lee PennyChris CampbellAlan HunteToa Kohe-LoveRob SmythLee BriersAllan LangerAndrew GeeDanny FarrarDanny NutleySteve McCurriePaul NooneTawera NikauSubs: Jerome GuissetWill CowellMike PetersMark HiltonIan KnottGary Chambers.Darryl said, "It's good to be able to bring back three players like Love, Nutley and Nikau, we missed them all last week. Castleford are a good side who deserve to be in the top five, but I will be looking for an 80 minute performance from my team tomorrow.""We've done things a little differently this week to try and freshen them up. We took the players away to Chester Rugby Union Club and had a barbecue after training."The influential half-back pairing of Danny Orr and Brad Davi, who bith picked up injuries in the match against Saints last Friday. Already out is hooker Aaron Raper and prop Dean Sampson which has left the Tigers looking a little threabare."That is a bit of a worry", admitted Raper. "It will leave a hole but I am going to give them as much time as possible", he said."My options are pretty minimal", said the coach, "I am not sure what I'm going to do yet. We will have a look at everything then we'll come up with some sort of plan."The match is live on Sky Sports 1 and kicks off at 7.30pm.
Campion is Coming!Brisbane forward Kevin Campion has ended speculation as to whether he will join the Wolves next year and put pen to paper on a 12 month deal, with another 12 months as an option.Kevin has been an ever present in the table topping Broncos side in this years NRL competition and will continue with the play-off rounds possibly leading to the much coveted Grand Final.Factfile:Born: 18/9/71Club Career:
1992-95Gold Coast44 games, 3 tries, 6 goals = 24pts1996St George20 games, 2 tries = 8pts1997Adelaide14 games, 1 try = 4pts1998-2000Brisbane Broncos76 games, 9 tries = 36pts<