Battle of the Back Row
Both the England and Exiles squads paid The Halliwell Jones Stadium a visit today ahead of tomorrow's crunch match in front of the Sky cameras.
The teams put in their final training sessions at the home of the Wolves, a ground familiar to both the Warrington contingent and players from rival Super League sides.
Tomorrow night these domestic club differences will be put to one side and new rivalries formed as the players pull on their international jerseys.
We will see rivals become team-mates and team-mates become rivals as England take on the Exiles, kick-off 8pm.
Wolves' back-rowers Ben Westwood and Trent Waterhouse are used to running out as team-mates but tomorrow night we are set to see them on different sides of the pitch.
So how do they compare?
Australian Waterhouse joined the Wolves back in 2012 having become renowned as a one-club player Down Under for Penrith Panthers. He has made five State of Origin appearances in his career as well as 12 full caps for Australia. Waterhouse has made 47 appearances for Warrington to date and has made 343 tackles so far this season with 23 offloads and 19 tackle busts.
Westwood has now surpassed 300 appearances for Warrington since joining back in 2002. His tackle count has reached 420 this season with 14 offloads and 25 tackle busts. Ben is also high up on Warrington's league table having made 1629 metres so far this season along with 246 carries.
Will Ben be able to help carry England to victory tomorrow night?
England caps: 11+7 (5 goals)
International Origin games: 1+0
Other international games: England (European Nations Championship, 2004/International friendlies, 2005) 4+0 (2 tries); England Under-21s 1+0 (1 try)
Exiles games: 1+0
Other international games: Australia 3+9 (3 tries)
Match tickets remain on sale in WolfWare tomorrow until 5pm. The ticket office windows will open at 5pm for purchasing of remaining seated tickets. Turnstiles will open from 6.30pm with cash and tickets accepted in the South Stand.
(pictures courtesy of swpix)
13, Jun, 2013