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Warrington Wolves name a raft of unrecognisable names in squad against Wigan Warriors

Warrington Wolves Sam Burgess Challenge Cup

All eyes were on the squad lists for this weekend’s crunch clash between the Warrington Wolves and the Wigan Warriors. The two sides meet at the Halliwell Jones Stadium this weekend. They are locked together on 18 points at the top of Super League, and will also meet in the Challenge Cup final the following weekend. 

Speaking on Sky Sports prior to announcing his squad, Warrington coach, Sam Burgess, did not confirm whether he would rest and rotate his squad for this weekend’s game. He stated:

“We’ve got a few bumps and bruises, so we won’t put anyone at too much risk. I’m not actually nailed down on my squad, but I’m pretty close to full strength. I think I can be full strength.

“I’ll probably know a bit more tomorrow afternoon. We’ll probably name it then. A few guys will get a break, but we’ll try and be as strong as we can.”

Now, Burgess has named his squad, and it includes a number of unfamiliar faces.

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In a statement announcing the Warrington side, the club confirmed the inclusion of a number of young players in the squad. Warrington have up to six players in contention to make their Super League debut against Wigan. The statement reads:

“Youngsters Frank Sergent, Cai Taylor-Wray, Nolan Tupaea, Ben Hartill, Dan Okoro and Jake Thewlis could all make their first team debuts. ”

George Williams will miss the game for the Wire, as he picked up a one-match suspension in the side’s win against the Catalans Dragons.

On the other hand, Wigan have named a strong squad, as they attempt to take an outright lead at the top of the Super League table. Liam Byre, Kaide Ellis and Sam Walters all return to the Wigan squad, having missed time through suspension recently.

However, Matt Peet has elected to rest some players, as Abbas Miski, Luke Thompson and Liam Farrell will sit the game out with one eye on the final.

Rhinos welcome back centre from injury

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Elsewhere in Super League, the Leeds Rhinos welcome back a key player as they attempt to get their season back on track. Paul Momirovski returns to the Rhinos squad for their game against the Castleford Tigers at Headingley on Friday night. Momirovski scored two tries when the two sides met at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle earlier in the season.

Loan signing, Matty Russell, is set to miss the clash at Headingley having failed a HIA in the Rhinos’ defeat against St Helens.

Castleford make just one change to the side which beat Hull FC last time out. Samy Kibula is replaced by Jacob Miller. Miller missed the Tigers’ last fixture against FC through injury.

Realistically, the Tigers much earn a win to retain any slim hope of reeling in the top six. For the Rhinos, a defeat would heap more pressure on under-fire head coach, Rohan Smith.

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