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Wigan Warriors: Kruise Leeming decision made and star drops out

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Wigan Warriors head coach Matt Peet has named his 21-man squad for their Challenge Cup Sixth Round tie against Sheffield Eagles on Friday.

The Warriors made just one change to the squad for their win against Salford Red Devils, as Jai Field drops out.

Wigan were 12-10 down and a man down with ten to go, but Jake Wardle did well with a short drop-out from Sneyd, putting them ahead, before Bevan French’s later try sealed the deal.

Field is replaced by Kruise Leeming, who returns to the side following an ankle injury, in what will be a huge boost for them.

Despite being up against a Championship side, this should be no push-over. The Eagles are unbeaten in all competitions this season, making their way to the 1895 Cup semi-final and beating Toulouse Olympique in the Championship.

Therefore, it’s a strong squad for Wigan, with the likes of Adam Keighran, Jake Wardle and Liam Marshall potentially lining up for the Cherry and Whites.

The game against Sheffield Eagles is a rematch of the 1998 Challenge Cup Final when the Eagles won 17-8 in one of the competition’s biggest-ever upsets.

The Lance Todd Trophy was won that day by current Eagles head coach Mark Aston, and his son, Cory, is expected to be starting in the halves.

It was announced today that they, along with Sheffield FC, have a full planning application for their proposed 5,000-capacity future stadium.

On this, Mark Aston said: “We’re very excited.

“[It] will give us the facilities we need to not only achieve our ambitions to return to Super League, but also to give us a base from which to grow our already extensive community programme.

“The feedback from both sets of fans and networks of sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive and everyone sees the potential of both clubs being unlocked with the facilities which are being planned for, which will be world-class.

“We have also had very positive feedback from our governing body, the Rugby Football League, who are supportive of our plans and see how the development can benefit both the Rugby League in Sheffield and on a national basis.”

The Sheffield Eagles are yet to announce their 21-man squad at the time of writing.

Wigan Warriors 21-man squad

Super League champions Wigan Warriors

Credit: Imago Images

2. ABBAS MISKI

3. ADAM KEIGHRAN

4. JAKE WARDLE

9. BRAD O’NEILL

10. LIAM BYRNE

11. WILLIE ISA

12. LIAM FARRELL

13. KAIDE ELLIS

15. PATRICK MAGO

16. LUKE THOMPSON

17. KRUISE LEEMING

19. TYLER DUPREE

20. HARVIE HILL

21. JUNIOR NSEMBA

23. RYAN HAMPSHIRE

24. TIAKI CHAN

26. ZACH ECKERSLEY

27. TOM FORBER

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