Wigan Warriors were expected to be the side walking out at Old Trafford to take on St Helens last year with stars like Bevan French and Jai Field seen as the most likely way that the Saints could find themselves dethroned as Super League Champions.
In 2023, the same is true with many seeing the Warriors as the best bet to stop the Saints from making it five Grand Final wins in a row. In another similarity with 2022, they start the season away at Hull KR.
The Robins looked impressive against Leeds Rhinos in their last pre-season friendly and have their star players back after an injury hit 2022 whilst some major signings have come through the door.
They two are set for an exciting team but can they start the season with a win?
Kick-off time and TV Channel
The game kicks off at 13:00 at Craven Park.
TV coverage starts on Channel 4 from 12:30.
The Robins have a near fully fit squad with the only injury being new signing Yusuf Aydin through a hand injury.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Keinhorst and Rowan Milnes also miss out.
The likes of Tom Opacic will debut.
Here is the squad:
Our first 21 man squad is IN. ⏳#UpTheRobins 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/Rr0hRqsRoA
— Hull KR (@hullkrofficial) February 16, 2023
Wigan Warriors have named an incredibly strong squad. New additions Toby King and Jake Wardle are in line to make their Super League debut for the Warriors, with a fully fit squad at Matt Peet’s disposal, with the exceptions of Ryan Hampshire and Iain Thornley who are injured.
Hampshire is set to be back in late April with Thornley back in March.
Here is the squad:
📋 𝙎𝙦𝙪𝙖𝙙 𝙉𝙚𝙬𝙨
👊 Matt Peet has today announced his 21-man squad for Saturday's game at @hullkrofficial
Read more 👉https://t.co/X6glo7J9V6 #WWRL #SLHKRWIG #TheresNothingLikeLeague pic.twitter.com/n3aTtHvYaD
— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) February 16, 2023