Wigan Warriors suffer huge blow

Wigan Warriors have worked hard to revamp their pack for 2024 signing former Leeds Rhinos star Sam Walters for next year and have drafted in Salford Red Devils star Tyler Dupree for the rest of the season.

They have also drafted in former Huddersfield Giants and Leeds star Kruise Leeming to complete the front row.

But one of their most important players will be Ethan Havard. The young forward has been a real standout for the club in 2023 and was awarded with a new deal.

He had to step up given Cooper’s injury and that even saw him handed an England debut back in April.

Havard featured for England in the mid season international against France and even found himself getting on the score sheet with the 22-year-old impressing that day.

He’s continued hat good form although it was cut short with an injury picked up a few weeks back when Wigan faced Wakefield Trinity.

Initially ruled out for four to six weeks there’s not been an unfortunate set back that could see Havard miss the remainder of the season unfortunately.

Matt Peet addressed the situation saying: “It’s a blow but Ethan is a great professional and a determined character, he’s going into his recovery now in a positive manner.”

Wigan confirmed the news via their Twitter page with an accompanying post to their website.

The statement read: “Wigan Warriors forward Ethan Havard has suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury and faces an extended period on the sidelines.

“Havard, who recently signed a new contract with the Club, suffered a hamstring injury early in the Betfred Super League Round 18 tie against Wakefield Trinity, initially ruling him out for four to six weeks.

“However, the 22-year-old has suffered a setback in training that required surgery.”

Head coach Matt Peet said: “It’s sad news for Ethan and the team.

“He is a determined character and is already working hard on his rehabilitation.”

It’s a big blow for both Havard and Wigan as a side who have suffered multiple injuries in their forward pack this season, not least Cooper’s terrible injury on Good Friday, but also issues across the season for Brad Singleton who has recently left for Salford Red Devils.