Wigan Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane has today named his squad for Thursday’s clash with Hull KR with Blake Green available for the first time since rupturing a bicep in the Magic win over Leeds.
The former Hull KR half back returns after almost three months on the sidelines with Shaun Wane understandably delighted: “Greeny is good to play and it’s a huge boost to have him returning to the side after such a spell in the medical room. He has worked hard to get back to fitness and deserves this.”
Eddy Pettybourne also returns to the squad after suffering a jaw injury a month ago in 37-16 defeat of Catalan.
Shaun continued: “Eddy is back with us too, I had some selection headaches this week and we have some talent not in the squad. It is great competition for the players, which will hopefully improve our performances.”
Michael McIlorum and Iain Thornley have both been training with the first team squad but will sit Thursday’s game out.
Shaun said: “Micky and Iain are very close but this game came a little too soon for them. It is great having all these players returning though, but the young lads like George Williams and Sam Powell have been outstanding. They have earned their right to be selected, so will still be there fighting for their place.”
On Thursday’s opponents, Wane said: “Hull KR is a tough place to go, it is an old style ground and they are a good team. They are well coached by Chris Chester who I know well, so he will have them very motivated as they want to get into the top eight and ensure their season does not end in four games time.”
Wane added: “We got our fingers burnt at Bradford and Wakefield, so I am sure we will go there with a good attitude, and our players understand that the games left are all like Grand Finals.”
Tickets and coach travel for the game will be on sale from the DW Stadium ticket office until 4pm on Wednesday 13th August 2014
Fans are reminded that matchday admission costs £2 more when compared to buying tickets in advance.
The full squad (in alphabetical order) is:
John Bateman, Matt Bowen, Josh Charnley, Dom Crosby, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Blake Green, Jack Hughes, Dom Manfredi, Sean O’Loughlin, Eddy Pettybourne, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Joel Tomkins, George Williams
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