Wigan Warriors legends make surprise switch to rugby union ahead of big game

Wigan Warriors have had some legendary players in Super League history but two that stand out are of course legendary skipper Sean O’Loughlin and halfback Thomas Leuluai.

The duo were part of a real dynasty at Wigan winning four Grand Finals in the space of nine years.

This made Sean O’Loughlin Super League’s second most successful captain after Kevin Sinfield of Leeds Rhinos.

Leuluai meanwhile was also key winning the Harry Sunderland Award in 2010 as Wigan defeated St Helens at Old Trafford 22-10.

He wasn’t at Wigan for all of their triumphs as he returned to the NRL for a brief spell but has finished his career of as captain of the Warriors retiring last year as a Challenge Cup winner having played a key role in the win over Huddersfield Giants at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium.

This came after O’Loughlin’s last game was less successful as he was on the wrong end of a twist of fate that saw Jack Welsby become the hero of the 2020 Super League Grand Final.

The two are now amongst the coaching staff at Wigan under the guidance of Matty Peet however both will play again this weekend but in rugby union.

Wigan RUFC take on league leaders Eccles this weekend and O’Loughlin and Leuluai star in the centres for Wigan to give them an added boost with a big crowd expected.

Fortunately it is not a permanent switch with rugby league losing so many top stars to rugby union in recent times such as Kevin Sinfield who is now amongst the England set up.

After starring for Wigan RUFC they will continue their preparations with the Warriors ahead of the 2023 Super League season.

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