Ben Currie is in his testimonial year with the long-serving Warrington man set to lead out the Wire against Leigh Leopards at the weekend.
Having played for the club his whole career since 2012, barring two minor loan spells, he’s set to head into his 12th season at the Halliwell Jones and he’ll be hoping it’s better than his 11th.
The Wire are looking to bounce back from an 11th placed finish in 2022 and to achieve that goal they’ve recruited on a large scale, in both numbers, quality and also the men they’ve brought in.
Of Warrington’s new recruits four will join the pack and it’s been revealed that all four of those big men will feature on Saturday, with three in the first 13.
Currie is joined in the pack by 2017 World Cup winner Josh McGuire, another NRL legend in Paul Vaughan and Welshman Gil Dudson.
The re-signed Matty Russell features on the wing whilst another Catalans star takes his spot in the halves with Josh Drinkwater partnering George Williams.
Sam Kasiano will find his first minutes as a Warrington player from the bench where he features alongside some accomplished names such as James Harrison, Daryl Clark and Greg Minikin.
Warrington host Super League new boys, Leigh Leopards, in the 5:30pm kick-off at the Halliwell Jones, with money raised going towards a selection of charities picked out by Currie.
📋 Our first matchday squad of 2023!
Six of our new recruits will make their first appearances in @BenoCurrie's Testimonial this Saturday
— Warrington Wolves (@WarringtonRLFC) February 2, 2023
Their back five looks to be near full strength with Matt Dufty at full-back behind Russell and Matty Ashton on the wings, whilst new skipper Stefan Ratchford pairs with Peter Mata’utia in the centres.
As mentioned Williams pairs with Drinkwater in the halves and Danny Walker completes the spine in the role of hooker, presumed starter Clark being on the bench.
Currie and Matty Nicholson are joined in the pack by that trio of signings, Vaughan, McGuire and Dudson.
The bench also features young Josh Thewlis and Tom Mikaele.